Katie Couric's Late Husband's Phone Mysteriously Dialing 911

Imagine that cops come to your home every Tuesday at 2 in the morning and wake you up. Because they think you called them. Only, you didn't. Your dead husband did! Well, no, not really. But something eerie like that is happening to Katie Couric. Katie's landline at her Manhattan home, which is still listed under her late husband Jay Monahan's name, has been mysteriously dialing 911 all by itself every Tuesday in the wee hours of the morning for the past couple of months. Weird, eh?


Katie was so creeped out by the calls -- not to mention getting woken up by an emergency operator who automatically dials back, or the cops, who have actually shown up at the apartment -- that she personally picked up the phone and called Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. The matter is being investigated, but police suspect that someone is "spoofing" Katie's phone -- essentially hijacking it and having it automatically dial 911 at certain times.

This would be similar to the prank calls that have hit celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, and Tom Cruise -- sending a SWAT team to their home when it wasn't needed. Of course, all any of this does is waste police efforts and divert emergency personnel away from where it might really be needed.

Unless Jay is trying to tell Katie something? Katie admits that the incidents have left her so rattled that she can't get back to sleep after they happen. Hmm. I think if Jay was trying to send Katie a message, he'd probably call her cellphone, not 911. So, I'm gonna go with prankster. These are the kinds of pranks that aren't remotely funny -- what is the point here, exactly? There's no punch line, no laughs. All it does is take up police officers' time. I guess that is the point, but to what end exactly? When these spoofers need help someday, and it's not there for them, they'll be the first ones to get angry about it.

I do remember one time I thought a ghost was calling me. After my grandmother died, her name twice popped up on my cellphone -- which meant a call emanating from her home landline. Only when I picked up, no one was there. Creepy!

Have you ever had odd things happen with your phone?

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