In what looks like a scene straight out of a horror movie, hundreds of Chicagoans found ominous messages placed on their vehicles.
According to police, the cards read “Something terrible is going to happen in Aurora 12/31/16. The wise will find the truth and act before it is too late. If you are vigilant and watchful the clues will appear as you travel the roadways. The answer is all around you but will you find it before the evil is done?” The cards were placed on cars parked at church and movie theatre parking lots and various on-street locations. Police are telling residents to stay calm and not to panic, and that several agencies are involved in the investigation.
“While we’re not certain as to what the meaning behind the messages are, we do not want the community to panic,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement, adding that “the incidents do serve as an excellent illustration of everyone’s role in keeping our community safe in that any suspicious behavior, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should be called into 911 immediately.”
Police are also encouraging residents to record any suspicious behavior, saying “if possible, taking a photograph or video of the suspicious behavior is also recommended as long as doing so would not put someone in immediate danger.”
The threatening message also read “Seek it happens 12/31/16 in the book of face.”, which appears to be a reference to Facebook. It is possible the cards are a simple advertisement for a local New Year’s Eve event or business, although the wording is ominous and disturbing. Of course, using spooky marketing isn’t new. Recently, the Netflix show The OA advertised itself by using dark and ominous messages on Twitter and Instagram to drum up viewers.
Until the meaning behind the message is clear, however, citizens in Chicago should keep an eye out for the messages and report them to the authorities.