Man in the Elevator

The Man in the Elevator is a scary urban legend from Korea about a girl who lives on the 14th floor of her apartment building. It is also known as “The Elevator Murderer” or “The Elevator Killer”.

The Man in the Elevator

There was a 19-year old Korean girl named Haruko who was attending university in a large city. One night, she had to stay late in the library to finish a project and it was almost dark by the time she returned home.

Haruko lived on the 14th floor of an old apartment building. She stood in the entrance and pressed the button to call the elevator. She always hated coming home alone so late in the evening. It just didn’t feel safe.

When the elevator came, she stepped inside and pushed the button for her floor. Just as the doors were about to close, a handsome man came running up. The man was out of breath and put out his hand to stop the doors closing. Then, he stepped into the elevator and stood beside her.

The Man in the Elevator

“You live on the 14th floor?”, he asked, seeing the button lit up.

“Yes”, replied Haruko.

“Oh”, said the man, smiling. “I live on the 13th.”

As the elevator ascended, he pressed the button for 13.

Through the windows in the elevator door, Haruko watched the floors go by, as they both stood in silence. She stole a few glances at the man. he certainly was handsome. She wondered if he would ever be interested in dating her.

When he happened to look at her, she batted her eyelids and smiled sweetly at him.

Just then, the elevator stopped at the 13th floor. The doors opened and the man stepped out.

“See you later…” he said.

“Yes, see you,” replied Haruko.

As the doors of the elevator were closing behind him, the man suddenly turned around, pulled a sharp knife out of his jacket and said, in a menacing voice, “…upstairs!”

Then, laughing like a maniac, he ran towards the staircase.

The Man in the Elevator

The girl was terrified, but before she could do a thing, the doors shut and the elevator began to ascend. She began to panic.

Desperately, she hammered the buttons with her fist, trying to get the elevator to stop, but it was no use.

When it reached the 14th floor and the doors opened, the man with the knife was already standing there, waiting for her.

In Korea, people say that this is a true story. The girl was found dead, stabbed to death in the elevator.

People say that the worst part was not her death itself, but rather the sheer horror she experienced in between those two floors, when she was trapped in the elevator and knew she was going to die.

They claim that this is the reason that all elevators now have a stop button.


  1. Dog fan says

    First Story of the day! Am I right or am I wrong? All I can do is wait…wait…wait… Until someone tries those delicious cookies!๐Ÿช

  2. Dog fan says

    I really like the illustrations. I just wished they were in kawaii Anime! :-}

  3. Dog fan says

    Good story! I think this story deserves a buffet! All you can eat!
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  4. iiM3RL1N says

    Battle plan in case of this scenario:

    1- Hide behind the walls so when the doors open he wont see you

    2- When he enters, jump on and strangle him or just run

    3- Go to the police

  5. Dobbyisfree says

    We had to do a pantomime thing in Theater and “Murder in the Elevator” was the name of ours xD I was the murderer’s assistant lol

  6. Dark_Destroyer says

    Love the illustrations haha. I thought elevators had an emergency stop button….anyways…I don’t trust elevators. I would rather take the stairs….not that there couldn’t be something dangerous lurking there.


    Third time reading this story….. Still give me creeps…..
    Ghost are better than people..

  8. OneEyedBlackCat says

    10/10 ELEVATORS

  9. YuzYusry_DevilEye says

    the second the elevator door opens,just kick. then press floor 1 and runs to nearest police station.

  10. XOterrorgirlOX says

    oh boy this is messed up, Im scared of elevators now I read this… I’m screwed

  11. Dean Winchester says

    People are just crazy, they do random things. With ghosts they have reasons, but seriously people are crazy.

  12. bonjour2015 says

    I don’t know why, but for some reason I hate when innocent girls or boys are killed surprisingly or menacingly! Uh, it just bugs me so much! And then I get over it.

  13. RedCrazyBlood says

    One time my parents and i got in the elevator. Then the light went out. I was scared. I was like 6, then the elevator stared shaking. I was worried then some guy came and got us out… I was really scared.

  14. AnUrbanLedgend says

    So scary, this was probably back then when there was no such thing as stop button,

  15. Dont take me seriously says

    I have height fright. Thats why I take elevators if present. It always feels like the stairs are gonna give away at my touch. Im not actually afraid of falling and dying. Its only the falling part. Dying’s okay by me xD

  16. Dont take me seriously says

    I had an experience regarding elevators twice. One was when I got stuck and the other one’s interesting. I remember like it was yesterday(cue reality blur)(cue flashback). I was at my friend’s house. It was a five storeyed house with an open roof. The house had an elevator. My friend’s little brother kept bothering me about having some fun on the elevator. I agreed and went to the ground floor from the 3rd floor(my friend’s floor). I noticed a 6th floor button and got curious. So from the ground floor, I pushed the 6th floor button. The elevator began going up. It was almost 2 minutes later we stopped. The door opened. My mouth dropped wide and my friend’s brother let out a loud scream in my ear! What I saw was a brick wall. Nothing else. What the most scary fact was that it was written in big black letters was ‘Im gonna come for ya!’ I instantly hit the 3rd floor button and down went the elevator. We began running towards the still open door. Later that day, my friend confessed that he used spray paint to write on the wall and even paid his little brother to scream and act like that. At that moment I felt like I wanted to kill him!!! Btw true story! :)

  17. B-Lovely says

    I heard a story once where a girl had a nightmare in which all she could hear was screaming and darkness, and suddenly there was a crack of light but a hand was reaching for her.
    The next day se got trapped in an elevator with two of her friends. No one could stop screaming and it was pitch black inside. The doors opened between two floors, but a hand was hanging down for them.
    Turns out it was a rescue person trying to help them <:D
    But yeah, that story reminded me of this one, 'cuz of the elevator.

  18. PinkyPandaLuv says

    ever since i was little i was always scared of going in elevators. not about getting murdured in them. i just always thaught it would get jammed or stuck and i would be trapped inside and i would die. lol. when ever my mom tried to take me in a elevator i would cry.

  19. skittlezXD says

    Did you guys see the buttons in the first picture?! It looks like there’s blood on the first one!!

  20. Katrina Rose Vendale says

    I lmao so hard at the second pic but then it reminded me of Slender Man with a face and now I’m crying

  21. Himi says

    Yeah… it sure is a japanese name….
    Besides that, the story is kinda creepy….. ;D

  22. UchihaIrene says

    But isn’t her name Japanese? Korean names are usually something like Dae-Sung Hyun, Ji-Won Hee and Kwan-Shin Soo.

  23. xChicken nuggetsx says

    reTARDIS@ Don’t cry me too! :( I missed amy and rory! I will kill those angels! And new companion will come! This is sad!

  24. reTARDIS says


  25. Dont take me seriously says

    I got stuck in an elevator once. Worst 10 minutes of my life. P.S I always carry a dagger in case I need to kill(in self defence or just for the fun of it…….)(cue lightning)Mwahahahaha!!!!! Great story though.

  26. kobato says

    @annamaria once you press the button in an elevator you arent going to stop at another floor unless it’s in between the button you pressed. And I don’t think there’s a 13.5 floor so…

  27. Paradise says

    First pic is okay, then as I was reading and scrolling down my heart leaped. XD THAT PIC SCARED ME! By the way, awesome story SFK but, don’t you get scared while you’re researching and reading all these scary stories. LOL. XD

  28. annamaria says

    … Why didn’t she just go to a different floor? Wait, it would open… And he would get it… And kill her. Dang, I just answered my own question!

  29. hikerpiker64 says

    I know what I would have done. I would get the heaviest thing I could find in my purse and hit him with it. Then I’d whistle and yell pan-fowl! Pan fowl!

  30. killerkat101 says

    Omg I would’ve been scared too. If I knew I was gonna get killed I would’ve oh Idk what I would do lol

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