Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

knock knock - are you dead?

I was sitting here... knitting a bear... watching Fargo on TV when there was a knock at the door.  Ann knocks and comes in. This knock didn't come in.  So I got up and went to the door to find a giant policeman there.  He said they had gotten a report that there was a woman dead in unit 413.

If there ever was a true WTF moment in my life, this was probably it.

I allowed as how I was not very dead at all - I wasn't even particularly tired.  I invited them in to check for bodies.

I had gotten a call about 15 minutes earlier from a weird guy who wouldn't tell me who he was or who he was calling for and then asked if I was the one who knitted. I said I knitted and he asked if I would knit him something and I said no that I didn't do that.  Then he hung up. He called back about 5 minutes later and just grunted. I blocked his number.

I showed the cops the web cameras and explained that heavy breathers weren't totally out of the ordinary here but that was the only connection to something like this I could think of. Also, apparently, the call did not come into 911 but to the non emergency number so likely someone not calling locally.

The cops were pretty astounded to learn about the web cams. They could not get their heads around it. There ended up being 4 here and none of them had ever heard of such a thing as a publicly available webcam in a living room.  One of them noted that now that he understood he was really shocked to learn that I got random calls only once a month or so...'should be a lot more than that!'

The creepy caller tried again several times while the cops were here. When they learned that the one came has speakers, one of the cops said really loudly "Quit calling her!"  Funny.  I love Google Voice for letting me block and then letting me see his extra tries after the block!

The police said that a David Russell made the call and said he was visiting unit 426 and saw the dead woman in my unit. The local ABC affiliate TV truck was already waiting outside.

I was kind of sorry to have disappointed everyone. The cops were great and really impressed with my place and with the building. I allowed as how it was a great place to live and very safe.  One of them said "I guess so, if it's been here for more than 20 years and I've never had a call in here before!"

I allowed as how I was impressed but also so sorry that this idiot had wasted so much resource. It was a little embarrassing. They even got the building manager up here who about had a heart attack himself when they told him I was dead.

Quite the afternoon!!!  Now, back to Fargo.
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