‘Wordle’ Game Saved An 80-Year-Old Woman Held Hostage By A Naked Man

The elderly woman was being held captive for more than 17 hours.

Here’s a strange and scary story all wrapped up into one.

An elderly woman in Illinois is currently safe after a horrifying experience with a man who broke into her home. Her name is Denise Holt and she’s 80 years old. She told WBBM in Chicago that she woke up to find the naked, bloody dude holding scissors next to her in bed. 

“I was trying to survive. That’s all,” said Holt.

Holt said she was in shock and thought she was going to die. Somehow, she managed to stay calm — even when he forced her to take a bath with him. Maybe he’s a clean freak? Then, the guy disconnected her phones and dragged her around the house, leaving a trail of blood from cuts he got when he broke a window to get inside. 

After getting two knives from her kitchen, Holt said the man locked her in a dark, windowless bathroom in the basement for 17 hours.

Across the country in Seattle, Holt’s daughter grew concerned because her mom wasn’t responding to her texts. Meredith Holt-Caldwell realized that her mom hadn’t sent her results from the popular word puzzle Wordle.

“I didn’t send my older daughter a Wordle in the morning, and that was disconcerting to her,” said Holt.

Family members called police and asked them to check on Holt, which resulted in a SWAT standoff until officers got ahold of the suspect. Eventually, Holt was rescued and surprisingly wasn’t physically harmed.

“She’s amazing,” Holt-Caldwell told the Chicago Tribune of her mother. “She doesn’t really know how she was able to remain that calm.”

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Matt Sterner

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