A young babysitter is tormented by creepy phone calls until the operator gives her some unthinkable information, “The call is coming from inside the house!” The legend has been in circulation for half a century and inspired multiple movies, but what’s the truth behind the legend? Are babysitters really in danger? And what do these legends tell us about the anxieties of contemporary life?
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