The interviewer’s comments are denoted through initials JK, while the interviewee’s responses are denoted through initials SC.
SC: There was this blind woman, this is an old horror story that I betch everybody.. your teacher’s probably heard it. Ok so, there was this woman, this blind woman, she was blind. And she lived alone and she had a dog, a german shepard, and the dog protected her and kept her safe, but the police came by and said, “There’s a serial killer out and you need to lock your doors and be very careful tonight. You’re sure you don’t want us to stay with you?” And she said, “No, no I have my dog. He’s big, he would scare off anybody. She says, “Watch this. Everytime I call the dog, he comes and licks my hand and I know I’m safe.” So she calls Fido, the dog’s name, and the dog comes and licks her hand right in front of the police officer. “I really feel safe with him, I think I’m gonna be fine.” So she says goodnight and you know, throughout the night she calls Fido and he comes and licks her hand and she goes to sleep… and Fido licks her hand. And all through the night, she wakes up and Fido licks her hand. She calls for her dog and Fido licks her hand. And then, so the next day, the police officer comes by to check on her and he knocks and knocks on the door, no answer, no answer. What is it? You know, no answer, and nobody’s seen her or anything. They go into the house, they break in and the woman is….. completely dead. You know she’s all dead, like cut up, slashed. And the dog is slashed too, like the dog is hanging.. um from a lightbulb thing, like from a string or something is the way I remember it was told to me. And in blood written on the wall, it said, “People can lick too.”
JK: Oh my gosh.
SC: Isn’t that awful!?!? I learned that one when I was young and the reason why it was so scary for us is that we had a blind school nearby. It hit close to home. My friend Mitzy Freemyer, we would always have slumber parties at her house and she lived like just a block from the blind school, so it just felt more real to us.
I heard this story from my Aunt Susan. I liked how it’s dark and gruesome story, but it ends with a comedic twist– I was expecting something more clever, not something I would laugh at. Similar to the Ant Face Girl story, this tale really freaked out my Aunt because she could relate to it: she grew up close to the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. It’s interesting to see how small kids can scare themselves by finding any little connection to a story they’ve heard.