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Call Me Sheila

A swarm of police cars descended on an apartment building in Sydney, NSW, Australia, at 2:00 a.m. after multiple neighbors called to report a murder in progress. “I’m going to kill you, you’re dead! Die! Die!” a man in an apartment yelled, and then a woman screamed again and again as furniture was thrown around. But a spokesman from the department’s Harbourside Local Area Command reported it wasn’t a murder: when police knocked, the man who answered the door said he was alone, and denied having a girlfriend or wife — there was no screaming woman. “Yeah sorry that was me,” he said. “It was a spider” that sent him into fits, “a really big one!!” Officers reported that “After a very long pause, some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider), we left.” (RC/Sydney Morning Herald) ...No wife or girlfriend? No kidding.
Original Publication Date: 13 December 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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