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A specific subtrope of the DoomedAppointment, Disconnected by Death is signaling the death of a character by the abrupt end of a phone call they are making.

The basic structure of this trope is that one character has information that they '''must''' get to another character (usually the hero, or at least, one of the Good Guys). They make a phone call. They are killed after the phone is answered on the other end, but before they can pass along the information. There may be a BigNo or scream for audible over the phone if the victim sees the killer.

Within this structure, the trope has visual and aural variants; the visual versions can use a old-style free-standing phone booth, a land-line telephone not in a phone booth, or a cell phone. The aural version has dial-tone (where the killer hangs up the phone, causing the hero to hear a dial tone) and open-line (where the killer doesn't hang up, and the Hero spends some time yelling "Hello! Hello?" before concluding "[[CaptainObvious Something's happened.]]") Rarely, the killer will get on the phone and give a BondOneLiner about the murder or to mock the listener.

For extra points, [[KilledMidSentence the victim has]] [[HisNameIs said part but not all of his message]] (or even [[AlmostDeadGuy gasps a few words out as he dies]]), allowing the heroes to get a clue that will save the day later, but only after they rack their brains to get what the victim was trying to say. Even more bonus points if the informant turns and says [[YouExclamation "it's you!"]] before being offed. Compare ImpededMessenger.



* Spoofed in an advertisement for Call Waiting. Literature/MissMarple is yakking to Literature/HerculePoirot on the phone and so doesn't realise an important witness is trying to get through to her.
-->TheNarrator: "...and so nine out of the ten ate the pumpkin soup!"
-->'''Witness''': "[[HisNameIs The killer is...]] ''[inarticulate groans]''"
-->'''Miss Marple''': "Is that spelled with two G's or three?"

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[spoiler:Maes Hughes]] infamously meets his end in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' while trying to reach [[spoiler:Roy Mustang]] from a pay phone, [[spoiler: since he got caught [[HeKnowsTooMuch unlocking the]] AncientConspiracy.]]
* A variant (pictured above) happens in the first arc of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' to [[spoiler:Keiichi Maebara, who claws out his own throat in a phone booth while under the effects of Oyashiro-sama's curse, trying to contact the police about the TownWithADarkSecret. Thanks to his paranoia, his last words to the police - and the audience - ''indicate'' someone is coming to kill him, but all the evidence suggests suicide... leaving the existence of the killer in doubt until better answers about Oyashiro-sama come along in later chapters.]].
** Happens twice in ep 4 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', both times with Battler. The first time it's [[spoiler: Jessica who was killed during her fight with Ronove but resurrected for a short while and died again talking to Battler over the phone.]] The second time was with [[spoiler: Kyrie who called Battler after escaping from the goats but was shot to death shortly thereafter.]] From a anti-fantasy perspective [[spoiler: both cases were probably arranged by Yasu/Beatrice in an attempt to make Battler mad and force him towards the truth]].
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'', where several seconds after he gets shot by a sniper, the victim in question [[AlmostDeadGuy survives long enough to use the last of his strength to give all the needed information]].
* In ''Manga/CountCain'', Sheila is killed by [[spoiler:Riff]] while giving Clehadore some information over a phone.
* ''Manga/KindaichiCaseFiles'': A victim is murdered while on the phone mere moments before [[HisNameIs he can give away the killer's identity]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': the murderer sets up the body of his victim to call him while in full view of his friends, hoping it would give him an alibi by (falsely) invoking this trope, but Conan sees through the ruse.


* In ''Fanfic/SaviorOfDemons'', Arcosian scientist [[CommunicationsOfficer Murai]] intercepts a transmission through one of the Tsufuru scouters as they're being [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever attacked by Oozaru.]] It cuts off with screaming and static, and then [[BearerOfBadNews Murai has to go tell the king about the fate of their new allies.]]
* In ''FanFic/FateZeroSanity'' Sayaka's last conversation with Edgar took place over the phone, desperately telling him what had happened to her and asking whether or not Kiritsugu got his birthday present. When he tells her he did, she gratefully thanks him before being disconnected. This having been because her [[SoulJar Soul Gem]] was almost fully corrupted, she didn't die... [[AndIMustScream though that might have been preferable to the end result.]]
* In ''FanFic/WithThisRing'' In Failsafe OL calls Luthor in hopes of Luthor giving the team back-up. Unfortunately, Luthor's company building is also being attacked and Luthor was making a LastStand by keeping a protective shield to protect fleeing employees. Luthor gives OL his technological database before the call disconnects when the building is annihilated.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The "scream for mercy" version appeared in ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'', during one of the many plots to assassinate Emperor Trigo. The victim was a secret police agent, whose bosses calmly assumed he'd "met his end" as soon as the phone went dead.

* A telegraphic variant in ''Film/TheIronHorse''. A guy climbs a telegraph pole to tap out a message but is shot down by the Cheyenne. His message is decoded as "Indians attacked Train No. 8 near Clay send help to--".
* Played dead (pun intended) straight in ''Film/TheCottonClub''. A gangster, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, captures an ally of rival gangster Owen Madden and extracts a $35,000 ransom for the hostage's release. In retaliation, Madden pretends to arrange a peace deal that Coll must finalize over the phone, at a certain phone booth - near which a man with a tommy gun is waiting.
* ''Film/PhoneBooth'', but twisted as the man in the booth was talking to the potential killer. Taken to the extreme involving the police trying to save someone in such a situation.
* The French movie ''Le Magnifique'' manages to combine this with SharkPool.
* Subverted, along with tons of suspense film tropes, in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', when the protagonist, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke, calls up Victoria Brisbane and "Braces" attempts to kill him in the phone booth. She mistakes his agonized gasping for an [[HarassingPhoneCall obscene phone call]].
* The opening scene of ''The Quiller Memorandum'' has a Bureau agent shot by a sniper rifle as he tries using a phone booth. Literature/{{Quiller}} is later smart enough to walk past the booth rather than try dialing for help (on both occasions the villains are letting the agent run in an attempt to find their headquarters, but naturally had to kill the agent when he simply tried phoning in his vital information instead).
* Done ''twice'' in ''Film/{{Clue}}'', both times with a GoryDiscretionShot. First, the motorist is killed mid-sentence by someone with a wrench, who helpfully puts the phone back onto the cradle. Later, the cop is killed: This time, someone with a lead pipe first disconnects the call by placing the lead pipe onto the cradle behind the cop's back, then deals the death blow as the cop is asking "Hello? Are you there?"
* The man who tries to sell the plans to 007 and XXX in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'':
** A variation: Trinity spends the first minutes of the movie trying to reach a phone booth, and when she finally reaches it and pick up the phone, a truck demolishes the phone booth. Fortunately, since the landline was her exit, Trinity is not injured.
** This also happens right before Neo and Smith's subway fight, as Smith tries to shoot her before she can leave the Matrix. Once again, she manages to escape in time.
* In Film/TheThreeStooges short "Crime On Their Hands", a henchman calls a newspaper (the phone is answered by the Stooges, janitors with ambitions to be reporters) to snitch on his boss, who just stole a valuable diamond. Just as he gives the vital tip, he is gunned down by another henchman.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', albeit over a radio set instead of a phone. Burt Grummer, after being told that the graboids are coming straight for his house, is last heard saying, "Jesus Chr--!" before the line goes dead as a graboid bursts through his wall. [[spoiler:As it turned out, that graboid did indeed break into the [[WallofWeapons wrong]] [[GunPorn goddamned]] [[CrazyPrepared rec room.]]]]
* In ''Film/FXMurderByIllusion'', while the communication had long ended by then, Rollie Tyler is almost gunned down by the guy he used the booth to contact. Fortunately, since he was no longer on the phone, he had relinquished the booth to some random guy, and ''now'' knows his employer wants him dead...
* Incredible city-wide example in ''Film/FailSafe''. When the hotline to Russia goes dead (or, rather, emits a high shrieking sound-- the sound of the phone *melting*), it shows that the bomber wasn't recalled in time, and the US government has to carry out its insane plan to delay full nuclear exchange.
* Video phone example in the ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movie. Rico is talking with his mother and father, who live in Buenos Aires. As they're talking, a shadow comes across the parents' ends of the line. The screen then dissolves into static and a short time later the news shows the destruction of the city.
* Similar example in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' during Darth Vader's teleconference with the captains of the Star Destroyers: one man's hologram image flickers and fades from view after his spacecraft is struck by an asteroid. It's not made clear whether or not the ship is actually lost with all hands, however.
--> "Imperial troops have entered the base. Imperial troops have entered [''static'']"
* Naturally this happened in the old Republic {{Film Serial}}s, and so was spoofed in the GagDub movie ''Film/JMenForever''.
-->''(An informer is making a secret call to J-Men headquarters when the [[BigBad Lightning Bug]] bursts in on him)''
-->'''The Bug:''' "Ah-HAH! Making personal calls on MY line!"
-->''(The Bug zaps him with his ray-pistol. On the other end of the line, [[ReachingBetweenTheLines smoke pours from the phone held by the Chief]])''
-->'''The Chief:''' "Hello? Operator? Listen, we were cut off in the midst of a hot tip. I want to make sure we weren't charged for that call."
* Implied in ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. A [[CommunicationsOfficer radio operator]] manages to tune in on frantic radio transmissions from a group of special forces soldiers heavily engaged in combat with the enemy in Vietnam. The signal is lost abruptly, but it is unclear if it was because the special forces troops were killed, or due to more mundane reasons, given the extreme range they picked up the transmission from.
* During the opening attack on Umbrella's Tokyo base in ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', the BigBad asks a {{mook|s}} appearing on a holographic screen if he's seen anything unusual. The mook says [[TemptingFate all is quiet]], then spews blood from his mouth whereupon the image cuts out.
* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' (1977). A RenegadeRussian called Nikolai Dalchimsky steals a list of ManchurianAgent saboteurs in the United States and tries to start WorldWarThree. Creator/CharlesBronson plays Grigori Bortsov, the KGB agent sent to stop him. [[spoiler:He finally corners Dalchimsky in a Texan bar, but can't kill him because there are two policeman there. Dalchimsky ducks into a phone booth, intending to [[TriggerPhrase activate the agents via phone]]. Bortsov has his colleague create a distraction by knocking over a glass case containing a rattlesnake, and amidst all the chaos bursts into the booth just as Dalchimsky is making the connection and throttles him to death with the receiver.]]
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'': rather than being disconnected from the Skype call on account of death, being disconnected from the Skype call ''causes'' death.
* A variant in ''Film/{{Midway}}'': When the last bomber in Torpedo Squadron Eight's suicidal and unsupported attack on the Japanese fleet is shot down, the film cuts to the radio room aboard ''Yorktown'', where the crew listens to the static in horrified silence.
--> ''*static fills the radio*''\\
"What happened?"\\
"One of our torpedo groups attacked."
* Assumed (though in fact the caller is not actually dead) in ''La Cattura'' (The Ravine). Creator/DavidMcCallum plays a German soldier sent to capture a partisan female sniper in Yugoslavia. When he enters the ravine, LaResistance taunt him via loudspeakers, showing they know all about his mission. He finds a German outpost and gets on the field telephone to complain to his superior, only for the line to be cut.
-->'''German officer:''' Hello? Hello? ''(hangs up)'' [[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted She's found him]].
* ''Film/OtherHalves'' features a texting conversation that ends abruptly, due to the murder of one of the character.
* ''Film/Turbulence3HeavyMetal'': The terrorists blow up an air traffic control tower in San Diego while they were on the phone with the FBI.
* Unfortunately, [[InvertedTrope inverted]] by ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. While on [[spoiler:Miranda]], the crew finds the [[ApocalypticLog last recording]] of a woman who explains the creation of [[spoiler:the Pax and the Reavers.]] She also explains that "they're trying to break in," and attempts to shoot herself before they do. Sadly, she's a little too slow, although the [[spoiler:Reavers]] do [[GoryDiscretionShot tackle her out of the shot.]]
--> [[TokenEvilTeammate Jayne:]] ''[[HorrifyingTheHorror Turn it off!!!]]''

* Happens in Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/HerculePoirot novel ''After the Funeral'', except the victim survives and eventually recovers.
* The last chapter of ''Literature/CheaperByTheDozen'' recounts the death of the authors' father, who suffered a massive heart attack while talking to their mother on a pay phone. It's called "The Party Who Called You..." as in, "I'm sorry. The party who called you has hung up."
* A variation happens in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', where Gordon Way pauses in his rambling monologue to his sister's answering machine to check on a noise and gets shot. The answering machine records the vital information of the time of the murder (Gordon had stated the exact time earlier in the message) and Gordon's first post-death words.
* A variation happened to Tycho Celchu in the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries''. He was phoning his family on his birthday, when suddenly the line disconnected. At first he thought it was just a technical fault, and his immediate reaction was that he'd have a good laugh over it with his dad, who was a high-ranking executive in a [[SubspaceAnsible hypercomm]] provider. [[TearJerker Tycho's family were from Alderaan.]]
* At the start of the Franchise/DocSavage novel ''Cold Death'', Doc makes a phone call that is disconnected when the house at the other end blows up as soon as the phone is answered.
* ''Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace'': Rather it was a disconnection due to a struggle, though it led to death.
* In ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' Gonzo fakes this to get rid of Lucy. He puts her into a room in a different hotel, and phones her from the room he is sharing with Duke. While calmly telling her how he stomped Duke (supposedly his rival for Lucy's affections) he starts screaming and shouting as if the room had been invaded, moans "Don't put that ''thing'' on me," and then hangs up.
* ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': What Van Dusen thinks might have happened in "The Problem of the Deserted House" when someone phones him in the early hours of the morning to warn of a matter of life and death, only for there to be a gunshot and the line go dead. [[spoiler:The caller was still alive. It was the phone that had been shot.]]


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Downplayed in ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E21DeadlyManuevers Deadly Manuevers]]." Hannibal, knowing he's in bad shape after having drunk some milk the villains tampered with, calls Tawnia and orders her to get Dr. Sullivan from Bad Rock. Midway through the call, he collapses, and Tawnia is left trying to raise him over the phone.
* Infamous example from the otherwise-forgotten show ''Series/MurphysLaw'':
--->"I'd like to report a murder..."
--->"''My own...''"
* The ''Series/InspectorMorse'' episode "The Wolvercote Tongue" had this happen.
* Long time ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' recurring character Jordan Lee was killed off in this manner, after having second thoughts during a murky oil scheme that involved kidnapping Bobby's new wife.
* ''Series/GetSmart''. A woman who tries phoning Maxwell Smart for help is drowned in a KAOS DeathTrap which floods the phone booth with water. Smart is informed by a calm recorded voice, "I'm sorry, but your party has drowned." Later, Smart and 99 are trapped in the same booth, but naturally escape.
* The BigNo version happened in the TV version of ''DickBartonSpecialAgent''. The body was found by Dick just before some other cops came in and [[TheCorpseStopsHere arrested Dick for the murder]].
* The first episode of ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' had Dale listen to a message from his mother on his answering machine. What we hear is the destruction of Atlanta by nuclear bomb, then the line going dead.
* In the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode "Earth vs. the Spider", some poor schmoe gets killed by the titular spider while trying to phone the police.
-->'''Crow''': "Hello? Mr. "Oh My God Crunch Crunch"? Look, spit out whatever you're eating and start again!"
* ''Series/ElleryQueen'': In "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument", the VictimOfTheWeek is on the phone to Ellery when he is murdered.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The starship ''Antares'' meets its end this way in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E2CharlieX Charlie X]]"
** In [[Recap/StarTrekDiscoveryS1E02BattleAtTheBinaryStars episode two]] of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', Admiral Anderson had an open connection to the ''Shenzou'' when suddenly his connection is scrambled by [[BigBad T'kuvma's]] cloaked ship ramming his ship, the ''Europa''. The ship takes some time to explode though, allowing them to [[TakingYouWithMe overload their warp core.]]
* PlayedForLaughs once or twice on ''Series/HogansHeroes'', usually involving one of the German characters calling someone who happens to be in a city the Allies plan to bomb.
* On ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', after Frank discovers that Emily swapped identities with the woman now going by Amanda Clarke, he calls Victoria and manages to tell her, "Emily Thorne is not who she claims toľ" before taking a tire iron to the head.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The victim in TheTeaser of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline Flatline]]" is on the phone to the police when he is taken by the Boneless.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Big Murderer on Campus" is shot while on the phone to one of his colleagues.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': Happens in "Death Do us Part". Osman Efendi is on the phone to Phryne attempting to tell her the location of her father when the killer stabs him from behind.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. At the end of "Prisoner's Dilemma", Finch is rushing to save Reese and Carter who have just been arrested by Agent Donnelly, only to have the Machine call with another potential murder victim. It turns out to be Agent Donnelly. Finch rings Donnelly to warn him, [[CarFu only for a garbage truck to ram them off the road]]. The driver gets out and puts a bullet in Donnelly's head, before '[[VillainousRescue rescuing]]' Reese.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Target!", the poisoned Palmer manages to make it to a phone booth and call Steed. He gasps out some vital information, including the fact that he is already dead, before keeling over.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E08HabeasCorpses}} Habeas Corpses]]", the Beast turns up at OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart with the [[MakeWayForTheNewVillains intention of wiping out the competition.]] AmoralAttorney Gavin calls the front desk on a security mook's radio. They tell him they're a bit busy right now, then start screaming as the Beast kills them. It then goes on to kill everyone else in the building.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Breaking the Chain", Barnaby is talking to a suspect who is one his mobile phone to one of the other suspects. The suspect turns to Barnaby and remarks that he heard sounds of struggle and then the phone went dead. Barnaby hurriedly races to the scene [[spoiler:and arrives in time to save the next victim who has been left in a room that is filling with gas]].
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': In "The Five Orange Pipz", the VictimOfTheWeek receives a cryptic warning in the mail and phones his lawyer. However, his lawyer has already been murdered and Captain Gregson answers the phone. While Gregson is talking to the man, someone enters his apartment and kills him.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Amsterdam Kill", the VictimOfTheWeek is in a phone booth talking to their police contact when the killer rams a car through the booth.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Accidental variant, and also played for laughs: A ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' cartoon shows a man in an office falling out the window. Meanwhile, we see a telephone operator talking on the phone, saying "Will you accept a call from a Mr. Aaaaah?"

* The classic radio play ''Sorry, Wrong Number'', which aired several times on ''Suspense'' and was later adapted into a 1948 film, [[spoiler:ends with this. The killer even [[TitleDrop utters the title phrase before hanging up]].]]

* In the mystery story ''Theatre/ManiacManor'', somebody gets kidnapped in mid sentence, but not killed.

* This happens to some poor sap in the backstory-establishing cutscene in ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', courtesy of Harman Smith.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'''s worst ending, Naoto gets killed by Shadows (or possibly turns into one herself) in the middle of calling you.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes: Opposing Fronts'', within the British Liberation of Caen campaign - at the end of Operation Windsor, 3rd Battalion receives a radio transmission from Royal Scots Engineers on Hill 112. As per the trope, the Engineer calling stops talking, and the scene cuts to a man framed in shadow slumped over with a radio in front of him while 3rd Battalion as for him to respond.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':On the fourth night, the Phone Guy gets killed by what sounds like all of the animatronics (Foxy's knocking, Freddy's tune, Bonnie and Chica's groaning, and Golden Freddy's[[spoiler:/Fredbear's]] screech) attacking him. You can hear the phone on the other end hanging loosely from the receiver as well as static.
** [[spoiler: And on the fifth night, [[OhCrap the phone rings again.]] This time, it's not him, though. It's apparently someone reading "Audiobiography of a Yogi".]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Dragonfall''. TheDragon attempts to invoke this by shooting one of your contacts, but the contact's cellphone stays active and keeps transmitting for just long enough for you to get a vital clue before the dragon gets wise and shoots the phone too.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played for rather dark laughs in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "The Unmentionables". A civilian tries to call the police from a phone booth during a brutal Prohibition-era gang shoot-out. As soon as he steps inside, the booth is cut cleanly in half by [[CoolGuns Tommy-Gun]] fire, prompting the operator to tell the deceased, "Sorry, you've been disconnected."
* The ultimate parody of this trope comes in the form of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s ''suicide booths'', where people pay to have themselves killed either by being vaporised, or by being gutted by five different objects.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision for any number of [[TheMafia Mafia]] hits, given the tendency of the mob to use public telephones to avoid wire-tapping. Probably most famously done to Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll during Prohibition, which may have been the {{Trope Maker|s}}.
* Major League Baseball pitcher Josh Hancock was talking on his phone (and drunk, and high) when he plowed his car into a tow truck and died in 2007.
* During the Columbine school massacre, a teacher called 911 from a phone in the library. The teacher then ran as the killers entered the library, without hanging up the phone. The 911 tape recorded the killers shooting all the students in the library, where most of the casualties were.
* A new series of public service announcements is being run on American TV, each opening with silence and two or three words displayed on the screen. A voiceover then explains that these words were a text someone was trying to send just before they were killed in a driving-while-texting accident. In at least some of the ads the person doing the voiceover is one of the accident victim's parents or friends, though there is one example of the speaker being a boy who suffered brain damage in the crash.
* In Baltimore in 2010, [[http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/crime_checker/baltimore_city_crime/hopkins-researchers-stabbed-to-death-in-robbery%3B-two-charged a Johns Hopkins University medical student was robbed then stabbed to death]] by gang members [[TearJerker while on the phone with his mom]].
* On September 11, 2001, this happened to both Betty Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 who was talking to AA Operations when her plane hit the south tower, and Kevin Cosgrove, an executive in the north tower who was on the phone with 911 when it collapsed. Cosgrove's call is especially disconcerting, since you can hear the building beginning to ''collapse around him'' as the call disconnects.
* The day that Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, volcanologist David A. Johnston was able to radio "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" before he was swept away the volcano's lateral blast.
* Dru Sjodin was chatting with her boyfriend as she left her job when the call abruptly ended with her frantically saying, "Okay! Okay!" Concerned, he immediately called the police. Months later, after her body was found and her assailant was arrested, he admitted that this was the moment he accosted her.
* Similarly, the story of Angela Hammond, abducted while chatting with her boyfriend on a payphone (they did not have a phone at home and she felt too tired to stop at his parents home, where he was babysitting his younger brother). As they talked, she mentioned feeling uneasy about a truck that kept circling the block, then pulled in next to the phone booth. Despite her fear, she continued to talk to her boyfriend---until the last thing he heard was her scream.
* In early 2016, a man in Finland committed a murder by beating a woman he'd never met before to death. The woman happened to be on the phone with her husband at the time. During the trials, the husband shared his gut-wrenching story about how she suddenly disappeared from the line, but since the call did not disconnect, he could hear every single blow of his wife getting bludgeoned to death.
* In 1995, Modesto, California teenager Genna Gamble was talking on the phone with her best friend when the call abruptly stopped. A few days later, her body was found in a local park, having been strangled. As it turns out, her stepfather Doug Mouser was her killer; she was grounded by her mother and was not allowed to use the phone, she did anyway, he discovered what she was doing and struck her hard enough to render the girl unconscious. He then killed her to make it look like a random act of violence. He was later convicted of her murder and received a life sentence.