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"A Horror Movie Come to Life" - Creepy Cell Phone Stalker!

 
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This is very weird!
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Three Fircrest families receive death threats via cell phone. Even when the phones are off. Even when they get new phones.

SEAN ROBINSON; The News Tribune
Published: June 20th, 2007 06:15 AM

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Maybe it’s just a long-running prank, but the reign of terror endured by three Fircrest families buries the needle on the creepy meter.

For four months, the Kuykendalls, the Prices and the McKays say, they’ve been harassed and threatened by mysterious cell phone stalkers who track their every move and occasionally lurk by their homes late at night, screaming and banging on walls.

Police can’t seem to stop them. The late-night visitors vanish before officers arrive. The families say investigators have a hard time believing the stalkers can control cell phones without touching them and suspect an elaborate hoax. Complaints to their phone companies do no good – the families say they’ve been told what the stalkers are doing is impossible.

It doesn’t feel impossible to Heather Kuykendall and her sister, Darci Price, who’ve saved and recorded scores of threatening voice mails, uttered in throaty, juvenile rasps stolen from bad horror films.

Price and Kuykendall have given the callers a name: “Restricted.” That’s the word that shows up on their caller ID windows: on the land lines at home, and on every one of their cell phones.

Their messages, left at all hours, threaten death – to the families, their children and their pets.

“They tell us that they see us,” Kuykendall said Tuesday. “They tell us that they know everything we’re doing.”

It’s gotten so bad the sisters’ parents have offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who identifies the culprits.

The stalkers know what the family is eating, when adults leave the house, when they go to baseball games. They know the color of shirt Courtney Kuykendall, 16, is wearing. When Heather Kuykendall recently installed a new lock on the door of the house, she got a voice mail. During an interview with The News Tribune on Tuesday, she played the recording.

The stalkers taunted her, telling her they knew the code. In another message, they threatened shootings at the schools Kuykendall’s children attend.

“I’m warning you,” one guttural message says. “Don’t send them to school. If you do, say goodbye.”

Somehow, the callers have gained control of the family cell phones, Price and Kuykendall say. Messages received by the sisters include snatches of conversation overheard on cell-phone mikes, replayed and transmitted via voice mail. Phone records show many of the messages coming from Courtney’s phone, even when she’s not using it – even when it’s turned off.

Price and Kuykendall say the stalkers knew when they visited Fircrest police and sent a voice-mail message that included a portion of their conversation with a detective.

The harassment seems to center on Courtney, but it extends to her parents, her aunt Darcy and Courtney’s friends, including Taylor McKay, who lives across the street in Fircrest. Her mother, Andrea McKay, has received messages similar to those left at the Kuykendall household and cell phone bills approaching $1,000 for one month. She described one recent call: She was slicing limes in the kitchen. The stalkers left a message, saying they preferred lemons.

“Taylor and Courtney seem to be the hub of the harassment, and different people have branched off from there,” Andrea McKay said. “I don’t know how they’re doing it. They were able to get Taylor’s phone number through Courtney’s phone, and every contact was exposed.”

McKay, a teacher in the Peninsula School District, said she and Taylor recently explained the threats to the principal at Gig Harbor High School, which Taylor attends. A Gig Harbor police officer sat in on the conversation, she said.

While the four people talked, Taylor’s and Andrea’s phones, which were switched off, sat on a table. While mother and daughter spoke, Taylor’s phone switched on and sent a text message to her mother’s phone, Andrea said.

The Kuykendalls and Prices report similar experiences. Richard Price, Darcy’s husband, is a 26-year military officer, assigned to McChord Air Force Base. On a recent trip to the base, the stalkers sent him a message.

“McChord needs us,” the voice said.

Mari Manley, 16, one of Courtney’s close friends, is another victim of the harassment. She tried to avoid the calls by ignoring her phone. Late one night, she heard the phone making an unfamiliar noise. Her ringtone had changed.

“Answer your phone,” a guttural voice said. Manley saved the ringtone, and played it during an interview Tuesday.

The families and their friends have adopted a new routine: They block the cameras on their phones with tape. They take out the batteries to stop the calls. The Prices and Kuykendalls returned all their corrupted phones to their wireless company and replaced them with new ones. The threatening messages kept coming.

Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman is familiar with the case and knows the families. His department is working the case with the Tacoma Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, he said. The agencies filed a search warrant for the phone records, but they didn’t reveal much. Many of the calls and text messages trace back to Courtney’s phone, which the family believes has been electronically hijacked.

Cell phone technology allows remote monitoring of calls, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Known as a “roving bug,” it works whether a phone is on or off. FBI agents tracking organized crime have used it to monitor meetings among mobsters. Global positioning systems, installed in many cell phones, also make it possible to pinpoint a phone’s location within a few feet.

According to James M. Atkinson, a Massachusetts-based expert in counterintelligence who has advised the U.S. Congress on security issues, it’s not that hard to take remote control of a wireless phone. “You do not have to have a strong technical background for someone to do this,” he said Tuesday. “They probably have a technically gifted kid who probably is in their neighborhood.”

Courtney Kuykendall says she has no idea who the stalkers are, though she knows police are suspicious. She believes someone followed her at school – a man in a hooded sweatshirt with a beard.

“They’re accusing my daughter of threatening her own family,” Heather Kuykendall said.

“Why would I do that?” Courtney said. “Why would I do that to people I care about? Why would I harass my own family?”
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Freaky.Did you ever see the movies The Hole I and II?
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Freaky.Did you ever see the movies The Hole I and II?
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No, I have not seen those movies - what are they about?
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Simple.

The key is to ignore the messages until the person or people doing it decide to 'bang on the house' again.

All that needs be done is for one person to hire a detective to hide outside every night until the perp shows up. It is important for the person in question to not say a word about the detective or let anyone know that one has been hired.

Destroy all their cellphones and cut all phone wires in the house for a month and I promise the stalker will show up at the house.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." ---C.S. Lewis
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Simple.

The key is to ignore the messages until the person or people doing it decide to 'bang on the house' again.

All that needs be done is for one person to hire a detective to hide outside every night until the perp shows up. It is important for the person in question to not say a word about the detective or let anyone know that one has been hired.

Destroy all their cellphones and cut all phone wires in the house for a month and I promise the stalker will show up at the house.
 Quoting: The House of Sinanju

This could be true, but how do you explain their cell phones working even when they are turned off? Or the one cell phone turning itself on and sending a text message to the other phone, while they were sitting on the table during the interview with the school principal and police?
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Freaky.Did you ever see the movies The Hole I and II?

No, I have not seen those movies - what are they about?
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Ooops my bad.I meant THE RING I and II.
[link to www.youtube.com] let me find a good video for you.I cant explain it but they were good movies.
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The Ring.It was like your story except with the TV and a video instead of the phones.
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Freaky.Did you ever see the movies The Hole I and II?

No, I have not seen those movies - what are they about?

Ooops my bad.I meant THE RING I and II.
[link to www.youtube.com] let me find a good video for you.I cant explain it but they were good movies.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 227280

LOL - yes, I've seen The Ring I and II! And the girl did crawl out of a hole, or well - haa!

Very good show.
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Freaky.Did you ever see the movies The Hole I and II?

No, I have not seen those movies - what are they about?

Ooops my bad.I meant THE RING I and II.
[link to www.youtube.com] let me find a good video for you.I cant explain it but they were good movies.

LOL - yes, I've seen The Ring I and II! And the girl did crawl out of a hole, or well - haa!

Very good show.
 Quoting: 2XSecretAgent

Cool.Kinda the same thing huh.
Another link if anybody wants to see it.Ring 2
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Reminds me of Poltergeist
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"This could be true, but how do you explain their cell phones working even when they are turned off? Or the one cell phone turning itself on and sending a text message to the other phone, while they were sitting on the table during the interview with the school principal and police?"

>>Not trying to explain it... but I am trying to explain that whomever is doing this... will escalate their program when it appears that the current tactic is no longer scaring his/her/their targets.

As for how, I will speculate that someone is 'hacking' the cell phones in some way. I am a firm believer in the idea that an intelligent person can make nearly anything happen if they set their mind to it. Some idiot found a way to hijack their phones and it using it to terrorize them.

Go lowtech to catch him... simply hide in the bushes and wait.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." ---C.S. Lewis
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As for how, I will speculate that someone is 'hacking' the cell phones in some way. I am a firm believer in the idea that an intelligent person can make nearly anything happen if they set their mind to it. Some idiot found a way to hijack their phones and it using it to terrorize them.

Go lowtech to catch him... simply hide in the bushes and wait.
 Quoting: The House of Sinanju

Yes, obviously someone has hijacked their phone! But damn - I'd like to figure out how! I can understand how someone could take over a phone number, but to get a phone to turn itself on? Someone must have had the opportunity to alter the phone in some way, add a remote control or something to it. The stalker is able to record their conversations through their cell phone, even. I'd certainly just throw the cell phones away - or turn them over to the police and have them completely taken apart and searched for modifications.
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If I caught people doing this to me ..well ... I own 10 acres and a shovel and they would not be leaving
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If I caught people doing this to me ..well ... I own 10 acres and a shovel and they would not be leaving
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Well, I did not say anything about what you do after you know who it is.. personally, I would kill them and everyone they knew in their sleep one by one....
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." ---C.S. Lewis
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 96486

I thought about that, too. But why?

Quote from article:
The Kuykendalls and Prices report similar experiences. Richard Price, Darcy’s husband, is a 26-year military officer, assigned to McChord Air Force Base. On a recent trip to the base, the stalkers sent him a message.

“McChord needs us,” the voice said.

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My thoughts exactly. Or the government. The article did say the father was a military man...
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Not the Hole, but the Ring 1 and ll.

It sounds more like a black ops exercise against these targets for whatever reason. Mind control. The police will be useless in this event.
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I listened to those MP3s those are definantly NOT the voices of children or youths. Sounds almost demonic...

In fact I have heard this voice before on a new cell phone that someone had purhcased from Verizon. There was a strange voice mail on it and the voice on it said "Dont Struggle..."

It sounded eerily similar to that voice.
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There are numerous voice distortion programs and machines available.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." ---C.S. Lewis





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