Urban Legends - Always Check the Backseat

A woman stops gas station to get gas. She starts to pump her gas, when the man inside comes over the speaker, explaining to her she needs to come inside because of a problem with her credit card. The lady was confused because the transaction showed complete and approved at the pump. She relayed that to him and was getting ready to leave but the attendant, once again, urged her to come in to pay or he was calling the police.

She proceeded to go inside and started arguing with the attendant about his threat. He told her to calm down and listen carefully: He said, "while she was pumping gas, a guy slipped into the back seat of her car on the other side and the attendant had already called the police." She became frightened and looked out in time to see her car door open and the guy slip out.

Days before this account several women in the area had been murdered and the police had dubbed this guy "The check the backseat serial killer." The woman thanked the attendant and waited for the police to arrive. Before the police had arrived, the serial killer snuck around back, changed his clothes and went inside to buy a soda, and some cigarettes. He was quickly informed of what was happening and decided to wait around to hear some information about the case from the police. After the police arrived, and took the names and information from the attendant and woman they left. The man, befriending the woman and attendant, had talked the woman into giving him a ride a few blocks to his apartment and even offered to help pay for the gas in return. The lady was a little reluctant, but kindly obliged. Upon leaving the station, the woman quickly realized that she would be the next victim in this serial killer's murders.

Another variation of Killer in the backseat

At a Halloween party at the local high school, a girl decides it is time to go home before she breaks curfew with her parents. It's late at night and the girl gets in her car and starts to drive home. A guy pulls out right behind her and begins to follow. She doesn't think anything of it until she pulls onto a slightly deserted road and he is still following her. Every few minutes, the guy flashes his head lights, so she begins to be scared.

She calls the police on her cell phone and tells them what is happening to her. They instruct her to meet them at her house. She turns onto the old dirt road she lives on and starts panicking because the car turned onto the road right behind her. To make things worse, he is still flashing his high beams from time to time. When she gets home she quickly runs out of the car and up to the police officers waiting for her.

Amazingly, the car stops in front of her house as well, despite the police cars obviously waiting for him. The officers begin to arrest the driver, but he franticaly begs to let him explain. He tells the police when he left the party minutes before the girl he saw a man get into the back seat of her car with a huge knife. With no other way to warn her about the man, the driver followed the woman and flashed his lights each time he noticed the man rising up out of the back seat to attack her. The killer ducked back down to avoid being seen. The police searched the car and arrested the would-be killer instantly.

Phobias and Hitchhiking or giving rides to strangers

Although there is no known phobia of hitchhiking or giving rides to hitchhikers, most people just do not do it anymore. Mostly because of the unsafe conditions you put yourself into, and with all the stories about rapists and kidnappers, who wants to risk it. Now we even have carjackers which will steal your car while you're in it, stopped at a red light. Seems to me that not only are urban legends good for scaring your friends while at a party, or around a campfire late at night, but also gives the mentally insane, or just evil people, ideas about how to commit horrible crimes.

With all of this being said, please, do not pick up a hitchhiker, give a ride to a stranger from a gas station, party, or any other place, and by all means, keep the doors locked on your vehicles when you are driving or not driving, and especially when you are not around the vehicle. Oh and one more thing, before getting into a vehicle, always, and I mean always, Check your backseat!!!