Woman Held Hostage For 17 Hours By Naked Intruder Gets Rescued Thanks To… Wordle?

Woman Held Hostage For 17 Hours Rescued Thanks To Wordle


  • A Illinois woman was rescued after being held hostage for 17 hours by a naked intruder.
  • She was saved because her daughter noticed she hadn’t shared her Wordle score that day.
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You can’t go 10 minutes on Twitter in the morning these days without seeing those ubiquitous yellow, green and gray squares associated with the viral word game Wordle.

80-year-old Denyse Holt of Lincolnwood, Illinois was asleep in her bed Sunday night when she was awoken by something straight out of a nightmare.

An intruder, identified as 32-year-old James H. Davis III, had slid into her bed, naked, bleeding, and holding a pair of scissors. Davis reportedly had cut himself breaking a window to gain entry into Holt’s home.

“I was in shock,” Holt told CBS Chicago.

The man then reportedly proceeded to order her to take a shower with him. Instead, he settled for her taking a bath with him, while she was fully clothed, wearing a nightgown.

That completed, she says he walked her around the house, disconnecting all of the phones, grabbing a couple of knives from the kitchen along the way.

She was then barricaded in a bathroom in the basement.

“I didn’t think I was going to live,” said Holt.

If it weren’t for Wordle she may have not survived the ordeal

For 17 hours, Holt was stuck in that bathroom without her medications, food or heat.

The next day, halfway across the country in Seattle, Denyse Holt’s daughter Meredith Holt-Caldwell noticed that Denyse hadn’t shared her Wordle with her or replied to any of her texts.

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Meredith, concerned, contacted Lincolnwood police to do a well check on her mom.

They ended up in an several hour long standoff with the man before a SWAT team used a stun gun through a hole in the door to capture him.

“I never thought in a million years this is what was happening, but it was,” said Holt-Caldwell.

Davis was charged with home invasion with a dangerous weapon, aggravated kidnapping while armed with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated assault against a police officer.

No wonder the New York Times wanted to buy Wordle. It literally saves lives.