The Maltese cross, a symbol of repentance, dangled from Jacob Karns’ sliver hook that he had used to rip judgment on 13 soiled doves in The Year of our Lord 1862. These soiled doves had forsaken the purity of chastity and faced his wraith at 9 Mile Road. Although executed for murder, his cause had lived on through the silver of his bloody hook, now melted for church relics at Saint Barnabas church.
Excited whispers among teen girls in the 1950s about The Hook Man reached a fever pitch when cars allowed teens to park in lonely places that escalated sex and petting parties into a sporting event. Fear of the Hook Man became a caution story intended to keep passions in check.
In 2005 this caution tale caught the attention of the Winchester brothers. At EIU, Iowa Rich had taken his date parking at 9 Mile Road determined to turn chaste Lori into a party girl. Summoned by Rich’s lust the phantom of Jacob Karns racked its hook across the DEAD END sign and the 9 MILE ROAD sign in order to announce descending wrath.
At the scraping Lori turned to her date for help as Rich jumped out to investigate seeing an invisible hook rip across his car. When Rich chased this something into the woods he vanished. Alone, Lori panicked as tiny scratching started across the car roof. Breaking under the strain, she fled, looking back in horror to see Rich suspended upside down over his Cherokee SUV. Dead. His body weaving in the slight wind. His nails scratching the top of his car. Lori’s Hook Man had materialized to protect her body, her innocence, her purity of mind and soul.
Ripped apart in her own bed Lori’s roommate Taylor had forsaken the spiritual armor of the Breastplate of Righteousness. She had become pagan and lust filled and now reaped her just punishment while Lori slept through the tearing and gushing of blood. Clawed out in scarlet letters above Taylor’s bed was a warning:
AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN’T WAKE UP
Bold and profane before his own congregation, Lori’s father had committed adultery with the wife of one of his flock, preaching before her husband and children while demanding
Lori protected her virginity. Crying out with rage Lori’s passion fed her poltergeist. Enriched by her fury the Hook slashed her father wetting red the church floor.
Again, when her affection turned to Sam the Hook Man manifested racking his hook along walls and bashing through church doors. The monster wounded Sam and was going for the kill when Dean ended the Hook’s rampage. The Hunter melted in the church furnace the last of Jacob Karns’ silver found in Lori’s necklace. The monster then sizzled as the final silver, a tiny cross, melted in fervent heat.
The monster returned to an urban legend.
Real Hook Men:
Son-of-Sam, David Berkowitz: 1976-1977, New York City serial killer, shot lovers in parked cars.
Zodiac Killer: 1960s-1970s, California serial killer, dressed in leather monster style clothing marked with a Crossed Circle, killed couples in parked cars. Was never caught.
I can remember as a 14 year old girl whispering with other girls how boyfriends could end up HUNG UPSIDE DOWN OVER THEIR CARS, and gasped at AFTER PARKING THE HOOK COULD BE FOUND DANGLING FROM THE CAR DOOR HANDLE.
Caution tales are told to warn teens of sex in secluded cars in secluded places.
- Is the Hook Man still told today?
- Are girls talking about new urban legends?
- Do boys have their own urban legend?
- Why is chastity valued above promiscuous behaviour?
- How is innocence of mind linked to purity of body?
- What is the advantage of saving sex until marriage?
Written By: Southeast
Published By: Bella