We continue the Month Of Spooky 2021 with a scary one that Kristopher Evans from Newport emailed in. I don’t know for sure which Newport Kristopher is from, because there are so many! But, if I had to guess I would go with New York. Kristopher has titled this No More Hitchhikers.
Hey Ron, thank you for the opportunity to share my strange story. I am a long-distance trucker, and I have been doing this for about 15 years now. I drive the really big rigs. Because of the size of the trucks most of my work is done at night. I used to pick up hitchhikers to help pass the time on the lonely roads. Now I listen to podcasts like yours to do the same thing. Why? No more hitchhikers, and here is my story.
I was taking a load from New York to Santa Fe. This was a long trip even for me. I was on a lonely stretch of road somewhere in Oklahoma on Highway 44, when I spotted a hitchhiker. He wasn’t asking for a ride. He was just walking along the side of the road and I was pretty bored so I decided to pick the guy up. I pulled over and waited for him. He came all along the side and looked up at me. I rolled down the window and asked him if he needed a ride. He gladly accepted, ran around the front of the truck, and hopped in. The first thing I noticed about him was how clean he was. That is quite rare for hitchers this far from nowhere.
We had gone about 15 miles and I was regretting having him along because he was silent as a church mouse. Absolutely nothing came out of him and he didn’t answer any of the questions I asked. I was about to tell him this is as far as I go when he spoke up, “Where are you going, anyway?”
I decided not to tell him that I was on my way to Santa Fe, so I told him that I would be going as far as Elk City, Oklahoma. I remembered seeing that city on a road sign a few miles back. He replied, “Oh, I better get started then, that’s just a few miles away.”
At that moment a chill went through my body like I’ve never felt before. I literally felt like I was in danger and needed to do something fast so I said, “What do you need to do?”
“Just you never mind, keep driving, and you’ll find out!“ His voice had changed and it sounded evil.
“I’ll have no funny business”, I said, “This is not my first rodeo and you don’t want to deal with me!”
He became quiet again but I could hear him moving around nervously in his seat. It was then I heard the crack. I don’t know how else to describe it. It was not like a weapon click or anything like that. It was like bone breaking. I looked over at the man to see what the noise was and what I saw terrified me. his physical form was changing. I slammed on the brakes, managed to get it over to the side of the road, opened the door, and ran. All the while I felt like I was being chased.. until I didn’t. I was about 50 feet away from the truck when I glanced back and there was no one there. feeling stupid, I walked back and looked in the cab. The man was gone.
I wish that there was more to this story. I looked around for a bit and couldn’t find him. I looked in the truck and nothing was missing or out of place. I thoroughly searched the sleeper and found nothing out of the ordinary there either. I started up the truck and drove to the nearest bar I could find. To this day I no longer pick-up hitchhikers.
Kristopher Evans, Newport, NY (I think)
What a crazy story Kristopher. Something right out of a Twilight Zone episode. I actually thought you reacted better than I would have, but it is my guess as a long distance trucker you have seen some pretty strange stuff. Thank you for sharing it!
This Week’s Podcast:
On the show this week we debut another scary story from the golden age of radio. The story comes from an obscure South African series called Beyond Midnight. It tells the strange story of The Signal Man. This one might have you thinking that you have gone crazy. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link