Every once in a while, reality is stranger than fiction. More often than not, you can trust reports of supernatural entities, such as possessed dolls, to be rooted in the latter. However, that wasn’t the case for some residents of Texas who recently received an Amber alert that featured a pair of demented dolls from the Child's Play franchise.
On Friday, January 29, the Texas Department of Public Safety accidentally sent out an Amber Alert for Chucky of Child’s Play fame, as well as Glen Ray, Chucky’s son in the franchise. Check out the full alert, which describes both in more detail:
First reported by Click 2 Houston, the full alert describes Chucky as the suspect, who's 28 years old with “red or auburn hair,” a height of 3’1 and “wielding a huge kitchen knife.” His son, Glen Ray, is listed as the abducted child who's five years old, sporting his father's “red or auburn hair” and clocking in at 2’3.
Now, if this was some internet prank, it’d be one thing. But to have a system wide alert featuring two characters from an iconic horror franchise be blasted out via the Amber Alert system, it’s no surprise there were more than a few raised eyebrows.
Shortly after the alert went out, Click 2 Houston reached out to the Department of Public Safety, which later issued a statement apologizing for the error and ensuring that the alert was indeed not real. In the department's words:
This was actually a test we were running on a dev server and it accidentally went out. We appreciate you reaching out to us to verify this. We do apologize for this inconvenience (to) you.
Amber Alerts were originally created in Texas as a way to rapidly identify missing or abducted children. AMBER is an acronym that stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, and it's been in place since the abduction of Amber Hagerman in 1996.
While the Chucky-themed Amber alerts were just a technical error, fans of the series can catch up with the murderous doll on Hulu or Showtime, the latter of which has the entirety of the original Child's Play film series. For more recent film fare, be sure to check out CinemaBlend’s 2021 Release Schedule for the latest on this year’s movies headed to the big (and small) screens near you.