The Telephone: Ringing in the Suspect

THE TELEPHONE Ringing in the Suspect

The phone can ring at any hour of the day or night. There on the other end of the line is the unidentified voice, mouthing obscenities or threats. The receiver in most cases is a woman, often in a city apartment. Until now, her only way out of such repeated and nerve-shattering harassment has been to change the telephone number and have it unlisted. For, as she quickly discovers, simply hanging up does not break the circuit, which is controlled by the caller. To apprehend him, the police tell the victim to keep the caller...