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Toddler's Elmo Doll Makes Death Threats, Family Says
Tampa Bay Online ^ | 2-22-2008

Posted on 02/22/2008 6:44:17 AM PST by Cagey

A Lithia family says a cuddly, programmable Elmo doll revealed its dark side yesterday after fresh batteries were installed.

Instead of singing songs or reciting the favorite color of its 2-year-old owner, James Bowman, the doll started making death threats, the family says.

With a squeeze of its fuzzy belly, the Sesame Street character now says, in a sing-song voice, "Kill James." "It's not something that really you would think would ever come out of a toy," said Melissa Bowman, James' mother. "But once I heard, I was just kind of distraught."

The Elmo Knows Your Name doll, which connects to a computer to learn certain phases and names, recently ran out of battery power, Bowman said.

About an hour after she put new ones in, "I noticed exactly what it was saying," Bowman said. "And my son was repeating exactly what it was saying."

Bowman said Elmo is James' favorite character. James even has Elmo slippers, but the malfunctioning, death-threat-spouting Elmo Knows Your Name doll is now being kept away from her son, Bowman said.

"This is his absolute favorite toy," she said. "So we've been going through a lot of hassle because he's trying to climb up the counter and up the closets to get it."

Fisher-Price, the toy company that manufactures the dolls, said it will issue the Bowmans a voucher for a replacement doll. The company said it will examine James' model for the source of the problem and check whether other Elmos are experiencing the same malfunction.


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: elmo; toys

1 posted on 02/22/2008 6:44:18 AM PST by Cagey
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Melissa Bowman says this Elmo Knows Your Name doll says "kill James."

News Channel 8 photo by MICHAEL EGGER

2 posted on 02/22/2008 6:45:04 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

I’d call a priest in myself.


3 posted on 02/22/2008 6:45:48 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Cagey

4 posted on 02/22/2008 6:46:42 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Cagey

There was a Twilight Zoe with Telly Savalas that this sounds like.


5 posted on 02/22/2008 6:47:04 AM PST by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Cagey

6 posted on 02/22/2008 6:47:38 AM PST by mikrofon (Talking Tina on TZ)
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To: Cagey

Here’s your problem. Someone left this thing switched to ‘evil’.


7 posted on 02/22/2008 6:49:22 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Cagey
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"It's over now. You can all go on ahead. I'll lock up here. Just a few notes to finish entering."

(cue creepy music, and twitching red furry parts.)

8 posted on 02/22/2008 6:53:56 AM PST by Sax
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To: Sax

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKWhijjYYzo


9 posted on 02/22/2008 6:57:00 AM PST by misterrob (There is no such thing as a RINO.....CINO on the other hand has meaning.)
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To: randog

Sesame street is in a tough part of town.

10 posted on 02/22/2008 6:57:46 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make a toy like that!!

“hey little girl, go get mommies’ purse...”


11 posted on 02/22/2008 7:10:53 AM PST by J40000
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To: Cagey

Let me guess “made in china?”


12 posted on 02/22/2008 7:11:27 AM PST by beefree (AMERICA BLESS GOD)
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To: beefree

Yep, and training an army of Elmo's to invade Taiwan.

13 posted on 02/22/2008 7:15:06 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey
Sesame street is in a tough part of town.

LMAO!

Emo's gonna busta cap in yo ass!

14 posted on 02/22/2008 7:16:16 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Cagey

Mebbe Elmo knows something about James the rest of us don’t...


15 posted on 02/22/2008 7:20:30 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (IX-XI -- numquam didici)
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To: Cagey

Elmo, or Chuckie?


16 posted on 02/22/2008 7:20:53 AM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: Cagey; All

Elmo’s got a gun

Weird Al
http://youtube.com/watch?v=w-pBrD7TPjg&feature=related


17 posted on 02/22/2008 7:21:25 AM PST by TrishaSC
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To: Cagey
the Sesame Street character now says, in a sing-song voice, "Kill James."

They left out the comma.

18 posted on 02/22/2008 7:22:17 AM PST by Sloth (If you took an oath to support & defend the U.S. Constitution, can you vote for its domestic enemy?)
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To: Cagey; Larry Lucido
I meant 'Elmo' in my last post. This story reminded me of a skit from "MadTV".

Tickle Me Emo.

"I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!"

19 posted on 02/22/2008 7:24:31 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Cagey

Maybe this mother will wise up and not let her kid watch TV any more.


20 posted on 02/22/2008 7:30:06 AM PST by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Experienced Republican voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: mikrofon

Talking Tina. I loved that epi. To see Telly Savalas done in by a doll was priceless.


21 posted on 02/22/2008 7:30:54 AM PST by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: Cagey; All
My son found a talking bear at a yard sale - the Touch My Heart fuzzy Bear. It was in good shape and he thought it was cute. We get it home, add batteries - The thing is real creepy, sounds like a major twerpy perv.

Some of the phrases:
I understand just how you feel, are you playing with me, what do you do at night, ha ha ha are you being silly, that is good to know, I have a secret - sometimes I’m naughty, did you know that I’m afraid of spiders, do you have a secret wish, tell me something no one else knows, please would you tell me more, people are so nice, who would you like to hug, who makes you feel good, I feel the same way, what do you like to do at night, are you playing with me, do you have a secret wish ....

22 posted on 02/22/2008 7:32:17 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: MotleyGirl70

Hahahahahaha!

“You’re not the only one who has issues!”


23 posted on 02/22/2008 7:35:16 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

“OOO...Mommy nice”

The possibilities are endless....


24 posted on 02/22/2008 7:38:49 AM PST by Adder (hialb)
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To: Cagey; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Obviously a pre-emptive strike is in order.


25 posted on 02/22/2008 8:06:17 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Those who surrender personal liberty for lower global temperatures will receive neither."--weegee)
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To: Cagey

Okay, so I’m reading the article and notice there’s no “this reporter can verify” line. And then I scroll down and see “News Channel 8 photo by MICHAEL EGGER”.

Two sources, (TBO and Channel 8) and no attempt at verification?


26 posted on 02/22/2008 8:49:58 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


27 posted on 02/22/2008 9:40:48 AM PST by windcliff
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To: Drumbo

Um, which toy are you letting my nephew play with?


28 posted on 02/22/2008 9:43:58 AM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Or an episode of The X Files written by Stephen King. It was called “Chinga.”

(Spanish-speaking mods don’t zot me, please. That’s the actual name.)


29 posted on 02/22/2008 9:46:30 AM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Titan Magroyne
Spanish-speaking mods don’t zot me, please.

They're just doing the jobs that American mods won't do.

30 posted on 02/22/2008 11:04:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Those who surrender personal liberty for lower global temperatures will receive neither."--weegee)
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To: Slings and Arrows

*guffaw*

Hopefully they’re Mexicants.


31 posted on 02/22/2008 1:48:38 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Cagey
Not sure I'm buying this one. The toy's re-programmable. Similar claims have been posted about Elmo talking books recently. Plus, if it's caused her family so much difficulty, but remains her kid's "favorite" toy, why not just take the batteries out?
32 posted on 02/22/2008 7:22:35 PM PST by afortiori
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To: Flyer; humblegunner; Allegra; TheMom; Xenalyte; thackney; Eaker; stevie_d_64; TXBSAFH; ...

Evil Elmo ping


33 posted on 02/22/2008 7:49:03 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (That midget hates it when I do that.)
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To: pax_et_bonum

Elmo called me this morning.

He left a voice mail.

He is not happy with you.


34 posted on 02/22/2008 8:05:57 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: JoJo Gunn
Two sources, (TBO and Channel 8) and no attempt at verification?

Video at the following link: Evil Elmo Video

BTW, I remember a news story a several years ago where the Tickle Me Elmo doll said "Who wants to die?"
35 posted on 02/22/2008 9:24:59 PM PST by FreedomOfExpression (Dime: a dollar with all the taxes taken out.)
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To: FreedomOfExpression

Okay, so the video does show it doing what was claimed? You’d think that the writer would note something so basic.

Seems there was another instance, now that you mention it. You have a good memory.


36 posted on 02/22/2008 9:56:53 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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