Babysitter’s horror story


There was a girl who was a babysitter. She was in this really big old house in Oxford. She put the baby to bed and the baby began to sleep. So she put on some music and began to read some magazines. Then the phone rang. She picked it up and she heard this heavy breathing, but nobody spoke. It was really scary. She put the phone down and she tried to read the magazines but she couldn’t, she was really upset. Then the phone rang again and she picked it up and there was this heavy breathing and then a man’s voice. He said, “I’m coming to get you! I’m going to kill you…slowly!” Then she put the phone down.

She was terrified. So she phoned the police and told them what had happened. They said, if he phones again try to keep him talking and we will try to locate him.

Then she put a chair against the door of the room with her and the baby in. Then she turned the music off and she listened. She was terrified. She thought she heard some noises in the house and then the phone went again. It was the man. She asked him questions like, “Why are you phoning me? Why do you want to kill me?” He talked to her for a bit and said he knew where she was and he described the room, perfectly, then he put the phone down. Then the phone rang again, it was the police. They said, lock your door! We have found him! He’s in your house! He’s using the second phone. We’ll be there in a few minutes. A few minutes later she heard these feet on the stairs and then a lot of shouting. A few minutes later a policewoman knocked on her door and she opened it. They had got him. He was a murderer.


Comment on the language

‘really’ is a very common way of emphasizing an idea, ‘really scary’.

‘scary’ is a common alternative word for ‘frightening’.

‘locate’ is a rather formal word and is used by the storyteller to convey that it was authentic police language.

‘heavy breathing’ is a collocation…’heavy’ in this context means, loud and slow.



13 Responses to “Babysitter’s horror story”

  1. 1 stacey November 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    hi that dead scary

  2. 2 Chloe September 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    If you dont mind i copied that i am going to tell it to my mates…it really cool xx HeHe x

  3. 3 massi April 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    not very original… “when a stranger calls” is your inspiration i guess…

    • 4 Andrew Wright April 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      You are right…it is not original…but that is the whole point about urban legends…the feeling of being passed on. Or do you mean something else? In which case please take the trouble to be more explicit. And I simply dont understand the second part of what you have written. If you feel like being more explicit, please do so. I want to learn, don’t you? Andrew

  4. 5 Kate October 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    “When a Stranger Calls” is a movie based on this very idea. Massi is saying this isn’t very original because this is a popular story and has been made into a book and multiple movies.

    • 6 Andrew Wright October 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Kate, thank you for responding. Who is Massi? Anyway, Massi is right that this story is not mine, at all. It is a version of a well known urban legend. A storytellers first job is to pass on stories. There are some original stories in this collection but their originality doesnt make them, necessarily, more valuable. What do you think? Andrew

  5. 7 Themba February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have gone through your story and I its very interesting. This girl was so wise to get hold of Police immediately. That’s what we should do when we suspect strange things.

    Our people like to resist and they find themselves in trouble. Secondly , the police never delay, that’s a kind of service they must deliver.

    Thank you so much Andrew

    Kind regards

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  8. 11 skilar June 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    realy good scary. i can nort beleave he was a muder. I would get the baby and run to the neighbors. Or is it was in the countery i would run to the next house or to the twon. If there was a car comming i would hold the baby with one hand and wav with athe other.

  9. 13 Sarah March 21, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Thank you for sharing! I have two daughters of my own and it’s a nightmare trying to get them to sleep. I’m glad I just found a babysitter at I feel bad for our babysitter at times…

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