There are plenty of urban legends out there about creepy children committing horrible crimes. Maybe you've heard stories of prepubescent killers, creepy little stalkers, or maybe you've even heard the tale of a spurned boy who pretends to haunt a girl's house for revenge. Unfortunately, that last one isn't an urban legend at all. The events may have been exaggerated in each retelling, but this horrible tale of stalking in normally tranquil Townsend, Massachusetts is, indeed, true. The details surrounding the case still feel like something out of a horror movie, though.
Danny LaPlante's crimes are numerous and disturbing. He impersonated a family's dead mother, lived in that family's walls, left them creepy messages, and eventually trapped them and threatened to kill them with a hatchet. It's hard to say how much of what happened is fully accurate, but enough of this story is confirmed to still give you shivers.
Annie Andrews Went On A Bizarre First Date With LaPlante In 1986
In 1986, 16-year-old Annie Andrews received a phone call from a teenage boy named Danny, who claimed to be the friend of a friend. They reportedly spoke on the phone several times, and Danny described himself has tall, blonde, and athletic. Annie eventually agreed to go on a date with Danny, but was suprised by his appearance when they met in person. When Danny arrived at the Andrews' house, he was described as having greasy dark hair, acne, and looking disheveled. However, Annie still agreed to go out with Danny, and the two went into town for ice cream.
During their date, Annie stated that Danny showed odd behavior, and asked inappropriate questions when she mentioned that her mother had died of cancer a few months prior. Annie ended the date after an hour and stopped returning Danny's calls, but he was far from out of her life.
Annie And Jessica Andrews Thought Their House Was Haunted
In an effort to make contact with their deceased mother, Annie and Jessica decided to hold a seance in the basement of their home. Although nothing strange occurred during the seance, the sisters began hearing knocks on the walls of their bedroom. At first, the sisters wondered if the knocking was a sign from their mother's spirit, but as time went on, they began to fear something much darker was in the house. The knocking would take place at all hours of the day and night, waking the girls from a sound sleep and scaring them. Items began disappearing then reappearing in different locations, and the girls would come home from school to find that their bedroom furniture had been moved.
Annie and Jessica's father, Brian Andrews, didn't believe that the house was haunted. He hadn't seen any of the phenomena the girls' reported, and he knew about the seance. Brian assumed it was their overactive imaginations and dealing with the grief of their mother's death.
A Message Written In 'Blood' Was Found On The Basement Wall
One day in early 1987, Annie and Jessica heard strange sounds coming from the basement where they encountered a horrible sight. Written on the wall in what looked like blood was a message that read, "I'm in your room come find me." The sisters proceeded to run screaming from the house in search of a neighbor that could alert their father. When Brian Andrews came home, he discovered that the words on the basement wall had been written in ketchup rather than blood, and once again assumed it was a cry for attention from his daughters.
The noises died down for a while but eventually another message showed up on the wall, this time in Annie's bedroom. The note read, "I'm back find me if you can." Once again, the girls fled the house and a neighbor called Brian. As he entered the house, he was greeted by the source of all strangeness his daughters had experienced over the past several months.
Brian Andrews Found A Teenage Boy Dressed As His Wife And Wielding A Hatchet
As Brian entered his home and walked to the top of the stairs, he found another message on the wall written in ketchup: "Marry me." It was then that Brian looked into Annie's room and saw a teenage boy dressed as his deceased wife (some reports say it was her wedding dress), wearing a blond wig and face paint. The boy was also holding a hatchet, and Brian had to fight off the boy before he escaped. It was bizarre as it seemed that the boy was there one minute and gone the next. The police were called and a search of the house was conducted.