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Episode 9 · 2 months ago

The Bunny Man

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On July 4th, 1997, two college students took a drive up into the mountains to watch the fireworks show. Things took a turn for the worst when they crossed paths with an axe murderer dressed in a bunny costume.

When the witching hour draws nea,she will whisper in your ear. Not Mes do come true. This isa horror fiction podcast featuring stories that will shock, disturb and dismay. You'relistening to the dark lady podcast. Hello, Darling, it's me, the darklady. Welcome to the horror show. Do you remember what it's like tobe young and in love? All you want to do is be together, but there's always something trying to tear you apart? No, not figurativelee. I'm talking about something literally ripping open your stomach and spilling your guts infront of your man. And you both were having such a good time too. It's embarrassing, but these things happen. Besides, how else are you goingto know that you two are meant to be together? Is there reallynothing he wouldn't do to keep you safe when you're both trapped like rats?Will he throw himself at the monster to protect you? Will he die screamingso that you can get a two minute headstart? Now that's true love.Let me tell you a story about to college students from Sunnyside, California,Kyle and Chelsea, on July Fourth, one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven. These lovers took a drive up into the mountains to get a better viewof the firework show. Everything would have been fine if they didn't ignore thatno trespassing sign. This is the bunny man. Tonight is the third anniversaryof the grizzly murders of to local High School Students, Matthew Patel and Jennyde la Cruz, ages fifteen and sixteen. The victim's throats were slashed ear toear before their bodies were thrown off a cliff on star Gays Hill,police say. My name is Chelsea Tran. I'm nineteen years old and I goto Sunnyside University. I'm studying to become a science teacher. I workpart time at honey bee and ice cream parlor downtown. It's Friday night andit's a public holiday. The shop must be swarming with customers and all handson deck kind of situation. But I was lucky that amy agreed to covermy shift. I had to make it up to her later. I reallyneeded the night off. I took my red one thousand nine hundred and ninetyVolkswagen beetle to the car wash and sprayed a little of my perfume on thefront passenger seat. Then I put on some red lipstick and smoothed out thewrinkles on my dress. Before driving to the university dormitory. I looked outof the window and smiled at the tall...

...blond guy sitting on a stone bench. He was wearing a blue hoodie and khaki shorts. H Kyle, it'sme, get in up. I Chelsea. How are you? I'm good.How are you good? Good, thanks for picking me up. Ihope it wasn't too much trouble. It's no trouble at all. This isKyle Campbell, age twenty one. He's from Sydney, Australia. He cameto the US about eight months ago to study biology. We had the samechemistry class together. Kyle was a really nice guy. He was adventurous,easygoing and had a good sense of humor. Last week I finally found the nerveto ask him out on a date and he said yes. Do youneed some money for fuel? No, it's all right, my tank isstillful. So is this your first time celebrating the Fourth of July? Yes, I can't white to say the fireworks. Are we going to the PIA.Maybe we can get some ice cream. Ah, I was thinking we shouldgo to star Gay's Hill. Where's Star Gay's Hill? You've never been? I don't think so. Oh. It's a mountain area in the northside of the city. There's a lot of hiking trails and campsites. Wecan get a better view of the fireworks up there. We slowly ascended themountain on my beatle. It was a long, winding path to the top. All the campsites were packed with Ur v's and pickup trucks. Everyone wasdressed in shorts and sun dresses. People were crowded around barbecue pits and picnictables. Teenagers were sneaking off on their own. Parents were too busy smokingand drinking to notice that their children were playing way too close to the road. I can't see any packing me either. Watch you out for that little boy? Yeah, I see him about halfway up the mountain. I wentoff the main road and turned left onto a dirt path. I drove abouttwenty feet and stopped the car when I saw a loose, rusty chain hangingin the middle of the road. The chain was connected to a tree trunkon the left side of the path and a wooden no trespassing sign on theright. Hey, where are you going? Don't worry, I'll be right back. Beyond the chain was a narrow dirt path that cut through the darkforest. Pine, Cedar and Black Oak trees towered over my head. Someof these trees had been here for hundreds of years. This was the onlypart of stargays hill that remained wild and untouched by man. I walked overto the no trespassing sign and picked at the padlock with my hairpin. Afew minutes later the lock clicked open. I drag the chain and padlock tothe other side of the road, clearing the path. Then I went backto the car. Are you ready?...

Are we going in there? Yes, here's the plan. There's a small clearing at the end of this road. It has the nicest view of the city. Will stay there for aboutan hour and watch the fireworks. But that Sawn says no trespassing and theroad looks very narrow. Cherry can make it through just fine. Cherry.Yeah, Cherry, that's what I named my car. She's small enough toget through and before we leave I'll put the chain back on the sign.That way no one will ever know we were in there. Are Usual.This is safe. It can get a little spooky at night, but noone will bother us. I don't know. Are you scared? Of course not. Do you trust me? Okay, I trust you. We pulled forward. The trees were so tall and so lush that hardly any sunlight wasable to reach the road. It was a bumpy ride, but I knewthat it would be worth it. I drove slowly and carefully across the holesand fallen tree branches on the dirt path. As I was navigating around a boulderabout the size of a baby elephant, I felt kyle jump out of hisseat. What was that? What was what I thought? I Saul, sorry, never mind, don't worry, we're almost there. It was atight fit, but I managed to squeeze past the boulder. That's mygirl, I said, patting the top of my dashboard affectionately. A fewmoments later we reached a wooden bridge. To the right of the bridge wasa great water fall. We rolled up the windows and turn on the windshieldwipers as cold ICEA water cascaded from the mountain side and pelted the roof ofmy car. The bridge creaked and groaned as Cherry carried US across. Itried not to smile. As Kyle put his hands on his lap and fidgetedhis fingers nervously. I put my hand over his hand. Are you okay? Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. The Path curved right on a downwardslope. At the end of the road was a small grassy clearing the localscalled dead man's bluff. We made it just in time. The Sun wassetting over the city, painting the Sky Bright Pink and red. I parkedabout ten feet from the edge and watched kyle gaze out into the horizon.You can see the whole city from up here. Yeah, see those buildingsdown there way? They're on the right, the buildings that have red bricks.Oh He's that a university? Yep, and right over there is ever shadepark. To your left is the Sunnyside Mall and there's the pier.Look it's starting. Who Wow. Ah, it's beautiful. Thank you, Chelsie. AH, yeah, don't mention...

...it. I smiled at him.Kyle was different from the other guise I dated. You wouldn't believe what kindof freaks are out there, but kyle was kind and considerate. He hada good heart. Kyle started to move his hand, but hesitated. Helooked away for a moment. He seemed unsure. I put my hand overhis hand and brought back his gaze. Kyle, it's OK. The lastof the fireworks ignited the night sky. I closed my eyes as we kissed. His lips were soft and sweet. I was in heaven. A fewmoments later, kyle suddenly pulled away. What's wrong, someone he's watching us. What? I looked at the rear view mirror and saw a shadowy figurestanding about twenty paces from the car. The man was a giant. Hewas six, maybe seven, foot tall, with a stocky build. He worea gray fur suit with two long bunny ears stitched on the sides ofhis hood. There was a white paper machine mask over his eyes. Isthat a Halloween costume? It's not Halloween. Lock the doors. The man inthe rabbit costume stared at us for several minutes before disappearing into the forest. What was that all about? I don't know. I started the engineand put the car in reverse. I turned on my high beams and peeredthrough the trees. Nothing moved in the darkness. The strange man was nowhereto be seen. Let's get out of here. We made our way upthe hill. It was pitch black. I couldn't see more than six feetahead of me, so I had to drive slowly. Kyle tapped his fingerson the arm rest as he looked out of the window. He looked scared. It's probably some kid playing a prank. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Yeah, yeah, teenagers do stupid things all the time. Iwent to high school with this one kid named Jimmy. Short guy talked awaytoo much. He was always playing jokes on people and getting into trouble.What kind of trouble? Like taking all the frogs from our science class andsetting them free in the cafeteria and putting vassiline in all the horns and Tubasin band class? Hm, that's terrible. It is Jimmy was crazy. Onhallowe night on nineteen ninety four, he dressed up as the grim reaperand you know what he did? He went to the retirement home on twentyfifth street. He stood outside a dozen windows and waved his plastic scythe.He scared a bunch of senior citizens. No, yes, come on,it's true. Suddenly, something struck the back of my car, shattering therear window. August of cold wind filled...

...the cabin. I slammed the brakesand jerked my head around. My stomach twisted into knots when I saw ahatchet laying in the back seat. My eyes went wide when I looked upand saw the bunny man standing ten paces behind us. What the Hell iswrong with you, I screamed. I fell silent when the man lifted uphis arms, revealing a sharp wooden axe. The Blade glinted against my rear headlights. There was no mistaking it. Now he was trying to kill us, Chelsea. We have to go. I turned the key, but theengine stalled. No, come on, what's wrong? It won't start.The bunny man advanced towards the car with the axe raised high above his head. We were trapped like rats. There was no way out. Jealousy,I'm trying. What do you want? Leave US alone. The Bunny mansmashed the rear driver's side window with one blow. He cackled maniacally as glassrained down our heads. I twisted the key in the ignition frantically, againand again and again. The engine stuttered but would not turn over. Thebunny man took his time, taunting us and relishing in our screams. Hecircled our car slowly like a wolf. He pushed his face against my window. His eyes and nose were hidden with a paper mache mask shaped like awhite rabbit. His breath fogged the glass as he showed me his yellow,rotten teeth. The bunny man pointed the axe at my head and took afew practice swings against my window. I turned the key one last time.To my surprise, the engine started. I slammed on the accelerator and spedoff before the bunny man could land the blow. Are you okay? I'mfine. I'm okay. Are you? I think so. Who was that? I don't know. I don't want to know. We have to getout of here. I knew the road like the back of my hand,or at least I thought I did. My hands trampled as I gripped thesteering wheel. This was no longer a quiet and tranquil place. The landhad become foreign and hostile. There was danger at every turn. I jumpedwhen I heard a cackle echoing through the...

...trees. Did you hear that?He what I heard laughing. He's here. I don't see anything, but he'shere. There's no way he would have caught up to us, butwatch the roard. Were going to be okay, just watch the roard.Kyle, I am so sorry. We should have gone to the pier likeyou wanted. It's not your fault you didn't. I didn't even see itcoming. There was a spike trap in the middle of the road. Allfour of my tires blue at once. I lost control of the car andcrashed into a pine tree. All of the air bags deployed, but itwasn't enough to soften the blow. My head knocked against the steering wheel andI blacked out. When I woke up, I was laying on the ground outsideof my car. My Car Horn was still ringing in my ears.The trees danced back and forth. They stretched around me like a cage.I tried to sit up, but I couldn't move my body. There wasa deep cut across the bridge of my nose. I coughed when my ownblood trickled down the back of my throat. Kyle, Kyle, he didn't answerme. Was He okay? Was He dead? I heard footsteps comingfrom the other side of the car. Kyle, the bunny man stood overme with an axe in his hand. His body had an awful, putridstench. He smelt like mold, dirt and Yurine. His dark hollow eyespierced through the white rabbit mask. He looked more like a wolf than aman. Then he showed me his teeth, his yellow, rotten teeth. Hegrinned from ear to ear. His mouth was big enough to eat mewhole. The next thing I knew, the bunny man had me by thehair and started pulling me across the road. I screamed and kicked as he dragsme towards the trees. Let me go. It all happened so fast. Someone came sprinting across the road and charged at the bunny man, knockinghim to the ground. I sat up and saw Kyle on top of theman, punching him and frantically trying to rustle the axe out of his hands. Chelsea Rud as Kyle was distracted, the bunny man let go of theaxe. Then he pulled a butcher's knife hidden under his sleeve and stabbed Kylein his right shoulder. Ah. Kyle...

...fell to the ground. The bunnyman watched Kyle's scream and writhe for a few moments before picking up the axe. He did a few practice swings. As Kyle tried to crawl away.The bunny man raised the axe over Kyle's head. Before he could bring itdown, I jumped on his back and was on him like a cat.I scratched at the Bunny Man's face and tried to rip off his hood.It felt like his body was made out of stone. His arms were asthick as trees. We struggled for a few moments before he threw me downlike a rag doll. The bunny man grabbed me by the hair and forcedme to look up and expose my neck. My eyes went wide as he baredhis teeth and pushed the axe under my chin. The blade was sharpand cold. His arm tensed as he prepared to slice my throat open.I heard a sharp whack. The bunny man suddenly dropped the axe and fellto the ground unconscious. I turned around and saw kyle standing there with alarge rock in his hand. He dropped the Rock and fell to his kneescoughing. Oh my God, Kyle, I'm more rot, I'm a quay. I crawled over to him and put my hands on his face. Helooked Pale. The knife was still sticking out of his shoulder. He waslosing a lot of blood. Wait here, mm where are you going? Iglanced over at the bunny man. He was still slumped over on theground. He looked like road kill. I picked up a tree branch onthe side of the road and walked over to him slowly. I looked overmy shoulder and saw kyle shaking his head. No, Kyle's eyes went wide.When I poked the bunny man with the tree branch. The bunny mandidn't move. I poked him again, harder this time. Still Nothing.I swiftly kicked the man on the leg and jumped back, ready to smackhim in the face with the stick, but the buddy man remained unconscious.I ran back to the car and nearly fainted when I saw the wreck.The Hood was completely flattened against the tree. It was a miracle that Kyle andI survived the crash. I moved quickly. I went to the frontpassenger side and opened the glove compartment. I rummage through a cluster of registrationpapers, pamphlets and receipts. Eventually I found a small bottle of pepper sprayand stuffed it in the pocket of my Red Cardigan sweater. I went tothe back and popped the trunk. I grabbed a first aid kit and aflashlight. Then I ran back to kyle. Three, two, one, ahAH AH AH AH AH AH, damn it. I pulled out theknife and waited for Kyle to stop screaming. Then I poured some peroxide on hisshoulder and dressed the wound with some...

...bandages. That's the best I cando here. Let me help you up. Oh, put your arm over me. Can you walk? I think so. We're not far from themain road. It will take us about fifteen or twenty minutes to get there. We just had to keep following the path. Hey, what's wrong,Kyle? Why did you stop? Where did he go? I turned aroundand saw that the bunny man was no longer laying on the side of theroad. He was gone, and so was his axe. Chelsey, Chelsea, Chelsea, what? What? We're going to get out of this?We just have to keep going. You're right, let's go. We followedthe path with nothing but a small flashlight to guide us. My eyes shiftedleft and right, forwards and backwards. I had a feeling that the bunnyman wasn't finished with us. He wouldn't let us go so easily. Itwas only a matter of time before he showed himself again. The night wasendless. The trees seemed to go on forever. The shadows consumed us,blinding us, distorting our senses. We were in the belly of the beast. What is that? It's the waterfall. Come on, I see the bridge. Oh, oh my God, Kyle. We were halfway across thebridge when Kyle collapsed. Chelsea, yeah, what is it? I'm only slowingyou down. You have to go on without me. No, I'mnot leaving you, kyle, please get up. We're so close. OhGod, I felt a chill creep up my spine. There was someone behindus. I turned around and shined my flashlight towards the end of the bridge. The bunny man stood there like a statue, with an axe in hishand. He charged at us, swinging his axe left and right wildly.Oh Oh. I used all of my strength to get kyle back on hisfeet. We started to run, but...

...it was too late. The bunnyman slammed into us like a truck, knocking us to the ground. Thebunny man did not hesitate this time. He grinned and licked his lips.As I lay helpless at his feet. He raised the axe to the skyand swung it down on my head. ha ha ha. I rolled overjust in time, dodging the blow. The axe struck the deck just inchesfrom my head. It cut deep into the wooden board. The bunny mangrowled and said something unintelligible as he struggled to pull the axe out of thebridge. Kyle was face down on the ground. He was out cold.Before I had a chance to get up and go to him, the bunnyman ripped the axe out of the wood and advanced towards me. I crawledbackwards until I felt the wooden railing press against my back. The bunny manlifted the axe over his shoulder as he towered over me. Where are youdoing this to? Was Kyle woke up when he heard my screams. Heforced himself to get up and ran towards the bunny man, knocking him over. The railing. The bunny man fell into the water head first. Therewas a big splash. I grabbed the flashlight and shined it down the edge. He was nowhere to be found. Where is he? Where is he, Kyle? Did I get him? Yeah, you did. You gothim. Good. Hey, no, no, you can't fall asleep.Come on, get up. That's it. There you go. Oh, we'realmost there. We walked off the bridge and continued down the road.A sharp gust of wind cut through the forest. The tree tops swayed backand forth violently, their twigs snapping like bone. I recognized the large boulderlaying in the middle of the road. As we passed the Boulder, Isaw a flicker of light in the distance. It passed through the darkness like ashooting star. It was a car. The main road was about forty feetaway. Kyle, look, it's the main road. Can you seeit? Kyle was barely conscious. His hoodie and bandages were completely soaked inblood. If he didn't see a doctor soon, he would die. Comeon, Kyle, we have to go. Keep moving. We dragged our feetacross the dirt path. Kyle was fading fast. The closer we cameto leaving the forest, the heavier he leaned on my shoulder. The weighton my shoulders was inbearable, but I wouldn't leave him, not even fora second. Hey, stop, help...

...us. I screamed at the topof my lungs and waved my flashlight in the air, trying to flag downa car. They all passed by without slowing down. They couldn't see orhear us because we were still too deep in the woods. We needed toget closer to the main road. You're doing great, Kyle. We're almosthome free. Do you see the cars? Look at the cars, Kyle,don't fall asleep, just look at the cars. This is probably theworst tat you've ever had. I wouldn't blame you if you never wanted tosee me again, but I'll get you out of this, Kyle, Ipromise. Just don't give up. I almost fell to my knees and criedwhen I saw the no trespassing sign up ahead. We only had to walktwenty more paces and then we would be out of this God forsaken forest.The nightmare was nearly over. I took a deep breath and adjusted Kyle's armover my shoulder. I took a moment to whisper a few more encouraging thingsin Kyle's ear. It's OK, we're almost there, we're almost I hearda twig snap on the ground to my right. Before I could react,I was hanging five feet in the air, choking to death. The bunny manhad me by the throat. I looked down and saw a white rabbitmask. Behind the mask where the eyes of death, black, cold andunfeeling. The bunny man bared his yellow, rotten teeth as he tightened his griparound my neck. He snickered. As I kicked my feet and dugmy nails into his arm, I couldn't hurt him. I felt myself growweaker and weaker by the second. My eyes rolled to the back of myhead. The world was spinning. I was starting to fade away. Myarms went limp and fell to my sides. Just as I was about to gounconscious, my right hand grazed my pocket and I remembered what was inthere. As the bunny man laughed, I reached into my pocket and pulledout a bottle of Mace. I aimed it at his face and squeezed thered button, sending a stream of pepper spray down his throat. FAW.The bunny man's eyes widened in surprise. He uttered a gurgled cry and letgo of my neck. I fell to the ground and crawled backwards, gaspingfor air. The bunny man clawed at his throat and ran back into theforest, howling in pain. When I caught my breath, I got upand ran to kyle. He was face down on the ground. Kyle,wake up. He wasn't moving. I rolled him on his back and pressedmy ear against his chest. I listened carefully. His heart was still beating. He was still alive. I slapped...

...him across the face and shook him. Kyle, please get up. It was no use. He wouldn't wakeup. I had to carry him the rest of the way. I grabbedhim by the ankles and started tugging his body along the dirt path. Comeon, Kyle. My lungs felt like they were about to burst. Mylegs were slow and heavy. Every step I took was agony. I lookedover my shoulder and saw another car drive through the main road. Wait.I willed myself to keep going. Inch by inch, I dragged kyle downthe road fifteen more paces, please go. Ten more paces, five more paces. We were a few feet away from the no trespassing sign when Iheard an ear piercing howl cut through the forest. The sound was so terriblethat it sent me reeling. I lost my balance and fell on my back. When I got back on my feet, I saw a tall shadow in themiddle of the road, about twenty paces from us. The bunny manhad returned with a vengeance. He sprinted down the road towards us with anaxe. A AH AH, I put my hands under Kyle's arms and starteddragging him backwards. He's coming. I used what was left of my strengthto drag kyle a few more feet, but it was hopeless. Within seconds, the bunny man had already caught up to us. He stood over us, laughing like a Hyena. Vic Saliva trickled from his rancid mouth as hecackled and brandished his axe. When he raised the axe over his head,I knew that it was all over. I held kyle tightly, closed myeyes and screamed. I waited a few moments, but nothing happened. Iopened my eyes and saw the bunny man standing there calmly. He dropped hisaxe and walked to the tree with a metal chain wrapped around its trunk.I stared at the bunny man dumbfounded. He picked up the chain and draggedit to the other side of the road. Then he wrapped the chain around theno trespassing sign and locked it in place. The chain dangled only inchesfrom our feet. I jumped when the...

...bunny man stopped to bend down andpick up his axe. He locked eyes with me one last time before disappearinginto the forest. Kyle and Chelsea managed to crawl out of those woods bythe skin on their teeth. They made it to the main road and flagdown an RV, and inside that RV was a very nice couple from Arizona, Mr and Mrs Taylor, were more than happy to drive those crazy kidsto the closest hospital. The moral of the story is, if you wantto have a romantic evening in a creepy forest with your lover, don't well, that's all for tonight, darling, until next time. This was thedark lady podcast.

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