A serial tickler has been breaking into the homes of Boston College students, tickling their feet while they sleep and then scooting away as soon as the unwitting victim wakes up.
The Boston Globe reports that at least ten victims have come forth reporting that a man broke into their dorms and apartments to commit acts of tickling—three on the same night.
“This is no myth,” says Boston Police Sergeant Michael O’Hara. “It’s happening.”
Run-ins with the Tickler have been reported over the last two years. The Tickler is described as a 5-foot-8-inch tall black man dressed in dark clothes and a hoodie. Some victims say that they saw the man watching them through their windows as he “committed a sex act,” the paper writes.
Boston College junior Teddy Raddell said he heard someone running down the stairs early one Sunday morning last October.
“I thought my roommate had fallen down the steps,” said Raddell, who shares a house with several other students, “but then he started yelling. I got up and he said that he had woken up to someone touching his feet.”
Nothing had been stolen, Raddell noted. Thus is the way of the Tickler.
“The guy didn’t take anything and there were laptops and wallets out in the main room,” said Raddell.
Other students reported waking up to the Tickler at their feet.
“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 junior Jake Barrows. “When I was finally out of bed and following, he was out the back door.”
Sergeant O’Hara says that while the neighborhood is considered a low-crime area, students need to make a habit of locking their doors.
“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.”
Sources: Boston Globe