Masked 'Tickler' Is Breaking Into Male Boston College Students' Homes
A mysterious masked "Tickler" is making his way through the off-campus streets surrounding Boston College where he breaks into the homes of unsuspecting male college students and watches them sleep and/or tickles their feet.
Everyone has a right to their fetishes, but this is freaky business.
Police report at least 10 sightings of the so-called Tickler, who some in the neighborhood had long believed to be a myth. At least three students report having encountered him on the same night, April 7.
“This is no myth,” said Sergeant Michael O’Hara, community service officer for the Boston Police district that covers Allston and Brighton. “It’s happening.”
The Tickler has been reported over the last two years in an area from Lake Street to South Street in Brighton popular with BC students who live off campus, O’Hara said.
Victims have described him as a 5-foot-8-inch black male of unknown age in dark clothing and a hoodie, he said. Some reported that the man watched them through their windows as he committed a sex act.
On their encounters with the Tickler, Boston College students tell Boston.com:
BC junior Daniel Marenzi said he woke up late, also on a Sunday in October, to his feet being tickled.
“I thought my friend was just trying to annoy me, but I soon realized it wasn’t anyone I knew,” Marenzi says. “I freaked out and sat up but he was already on the way out.”
He said he and his housemates now lock all their doors.
O’Hara said many students living off campus leave their doors unlocked, however.
“Absolutely students should be concerned,” he said. “You don’t know what this guy is going to do or if he has a weapon. You need to lock your doors. It’s not as safe as you think.”
It was 3:45 a.m. on April 7 when Jake Barrows was awakened, he said.
“Someone was standing at the end of the bed, and by the time I realized there was someone really there, he was booking it right out my door,” said Barrows, a BC junior who lives on Foster Street. “When I was finally out of bed and following, he was out the back door.”
He said he hasn’t slept in his room since that night.
Just over an hour later, Billy Buckley awoke to the sight of someone opening his bedroom door, he said. He called his roommate’s name, and got no response.
The figure slowly crept away, sprinted down the steps, and slammed the front door, said Buckley, who lives on Foster Street.
“The Tickler had made a visit,” he said, certain now that the stories he had heard are true.
Waking up to some unknown figure just standing at the end of your bed?? Nope!
BC student Jonny Goldowsky says the man was wearing a "Gator-style ski mask." He was awoken by the sound of shuffling at his door and saw who he presumes was the Tickler standing there.
At this point the Boston Police Department hasn't increased their patrol car presence in the area, noting that students haven't reported the incidents as they occur.
Sgt. O'Hara explains:
“People calling in saying they want more patrol cars won’t do anything. They need to report crimes when they happen,” he said. “It’s a low crime area. We patrol areas based on the crime statistics.”
There is no hard evidence in the cases, O’Hara said, and no photos or video of the alleged Tickler. “If we had something to go on,” he said, “we would.”
Hopefully this doesn't escalate.
Lock your doors, kids.
(H/T: The Gaily Grind)