Mischievous uncle comes clean on cruel use of terrifying story to put naughty nephews to bed!
A mischievous uncle has revealed his cruel ploy to get his young nephews to go to sleep quietly – a terrifying tale of a blind child killer who hunts noisy children that left them quaking in fear in their beds.
Kurtis Mulvaney was struggling to settle his nephews Rhami Bradley, three, and Devontae Withers, six, during a visit to his sister Shanice’s house in Manchester last week.
The duo refused to go to bed – until he told the terrifying story of ‘Susan Stranglehands’, a woman from a mental hospital who had her baby taken away and her eyes sewn shut but now blindly prowls bedrooms for eternity in search of the sound of children.
The dad-of-one’s frightening tactics worked and he took to social media to boast they were in bed and you ‘could hear a pin drop’, earning 86,000 likes, comments and shares.
Kurtis, a 29-year-old events planner from Manchester, said: “The kids were a bit hyper because they’d been running around all evening and wouldn’t settle down properly.
“Obviously we tried to be nice with them and all the usual ways of getting them to bed but nothing was working so I thought I’d try something a bit different.
“I got them all round the bed and I told them the Susan Stranglehands story. My little 12-year-old brother Cameron was there too, and my son Ramone, who’s nine.
“Those two weren’t as bothered but you could tell my nephews were taking it really seriously. There wasn’t a peep out of them.
“I get on well with the kids so it was just a bit of banter with them but I let them know I meant business.
“My sister and my mum were fed up of trying to get them to bed so I thought I’d intervene and try the story out.
“I basically gathered them round and tried to make it as gruesome as possible to scare them and it worked.”
Kurtis, whose sister Shanice, 24, also lives in Manchester, said he had been inspired by a gory Halloween story he’d read online.
His full post read: “Why do kids start screaming the house down when you try and send them to bed?
“If anybody else has this problem you should try my solution. I made up a story about a woman in a mental hospital who gave birth, but the nurses took the baby off her then they killed the woman and sewed her eyes shut so she couldn’t find her baby, even as a ghost.
“I say to the kids the woman goes from house to house and you can hear her feeling her way along the walls looking for her baby and if she finds you and you’re not her baby she strangles the s**t out of you.
“She’s called Susan Stranglehands. The only way to avoid being strangled is to be quiet as f**k and go to sleep. F*****g worked like a charm.
“They’re all in bed and you could hear a pin drop. I might go out and run my hands along the walls to freak them out.”
The post was shared more than 14,000 times on Facebook and attracted more than 46,000 likes and 25,000 comments.
Kurtis said: “I never expected such a reaction to it. I left it to the kids’ imagination and within 10 minutes they were fast asleep.
“I think they were pretty fooled by it all. I just kept telling them it was true. Hopefully they’ll take it on board and I won’t have to use it again.
“It can be tricky getting them to calm down when they’re that age and full of energy. Scary stories are the way forward for an easy night.”