The Boy Down the Street

The Boy Down the Street

Hannah Lancaster, Staff Writer


                                                                                 Jay’s View 

September 4th, 2014 

I’ve lived in the same house my whole life. It is a good 17 years, and it is a good enough neighborhood with a decent school, well as good as High School can get, and I have a good little group of friends. Everyone in my town knows each other, so words spread quickly if a rumor gets out about you everyone will know by the end of the day. There was always this one house two houses down from my house where it never seemed like people could stay longer than a few years. It was our revolving door of new people to meet and fresh faces to our community. A new family moved in a few months ago and they have mostly just kept to themselves, but at my little school I saw a new face amongst the crowd.  

September 10th, 2014 

He was tall, a little tan, piercing blue eyes, a warm gentle smile. He was dressed in black ripped jeans and a loose T-shirt of some band I had never heard of before and a loose torn jean jacket. Nothing like what the people in this small quiet reserved town dress like. I watched him for a few days, curiously, I mean can you blame me he was obvious in our school; I couldn’t help but watch him I was intrigued. He always had headphones in, and the same black shoes and he would walk to and from school since it was only a few blocks away. He walked the same route that I walked but always in front of me slightly. I could hear his music, it was so loud, and as if it were clockwork he would get the mail, open his front door (never locked), and walk inside for the rest of the day.  

September 15th, 2014 

After school on our normal walk home he stopped dead in front of me and turned around and started walking towards me. He got about a foot or two away from me when he asked why I was following him. I was baffled I mean I wasn’t following him but, in a way, I was, my house was just two down, I couldn’t admit I was following him that would make me look weird, so I stated that I house was two doors down and I was just walking home. He apologized and said he didn’t know I lived at that house. The conversation got awkward fast, he looked away from me and then back into my eyes. It felt like his eyes could see right through me and with another moment of silence he asked me for my number and apologized again for accusing me of following him, even though he was right in a way, I gave him my number and proceed to step around him so that I could get home. As soon as I step into my bedroom on the second floor I hear my text-tone go off from my bed. A new message from an unsaved number with a simple message “hey Jay it’s Preston from down the street.” He knew my name… How, I’m sure I never told him at our little interaction a few moments ago. I reply with a standard greeting message “hey Preston sorry for freaking you out earlier while walking home.”   


September 18th, 2014 

My friend Ethan Park and I spent time together for the first time since middle school and it was nice, we went to a playground and just played on the swings. We got food and just enjoyed company together. 

                                                                            Preston’s View:  

September 18th, 2014  

I saw her today she was out with another guy how could she? Does she not know that she’s upsetting me? Do I mean nothing to her? Ethan Park needs to stay away from her and I’ll make sure of it. 

                                                                                  Jay’s View: 

September 23rd, 2014 

We talked for the rest of the night just the standard getting to know each other questions. Then around 12ish at night he asks if I want to facetime with him. I say sure although in the back of my head I know I have school tomorrow and need to get some sleep, but something about him was addicting, I didn’t want to leave. I see the facetime call fill my screen and without even a second thought I’ve already pressed answer, we talked about every topic we could think of, I looked at the time and it was 4am I’ve never stayed up that late before. Preston gives me a comforting warm half smile and tells me I should get some sleep since school starts at 7. I fight him but for no use because I end up falling asleep halfway through my argument.  

September 30th, 2014 

We got closer and have even gone on a few “dates” through our time together, but nothing was ever official I was too scared to make that move and wanted him to ask me out although I know it is the 21st century and all that I couldn’t help but wait for some of that movie romance I grew up with. It was his birthday, he was turning 18 this year, I asked him what he wanted for his birthday gift and his reply left me shocked. That was the day we started dating. Although I grew to love everything about him, even the things that irritated me.  

October 10th, 2014 

Everything was fine, too normal as our relationship continued but he developed a new habit about two months ago where he couldn’t talk or see me past a certain time usually 10pm and would get an attitude with me whenever I spent time with anyone who wasn’t him, but I was young and in love and decided to let it slide. He quickly became the only one who really saw me anymore, but I didn’t mind spending time with him was the best distraction from anything going on at home. 

October 15th, 2014 

Preston has gotten more aggressive, not towards me, he always made sure that I never felt threatened by him. He would yell more about simple things and even escalated to throwing things across the room. At this point he’s really the only person I see anymore, and the only one I talked to in school.  

October 28th, 2014 

I’m starting to grow afraid of Preston, he has gotten into my face recently when we fight. We fight a lot more now, it’s still never physical towards me. When he yells, I listen, and he knows that. He started disappearing more at night now, and just leaves me alone in the house by myself where he will be out at all hours of the night, and I’m not allowed to question or press him about it. I think he might be seeing someone else behind my back. 

November 3rd, 2014  

His going out is getting increasingly consistent, I can’t live without knowing what he is doing, I need to know if he is cheating on me or not. I decided I was going to follow him when he goes out tonight, I need to know, and this is the only way I can find out the truth with what he’s been doing and find out if he is cheating on me and confront him. He should be leaving soon I have to get ready so I can follow him. 

November 3rd, 2014 

I just got back into the house; I’ve never run faster in my whole life. He’s not cheating on me, that’s for sure, but I just witnessed something that I can’t even believe yet. I followed him to someone else’s house. I recognized the house; it was Ethan Park’s house. He busted the front door lock and I saw him walk in slowly and quietly. He was in the house for thirty minutes before walking out covered in blood and on his way home. I ran all the way home with questions flooding my mind. Is this what he was doing when he was sneaking around? How many other victims did he have? How long has he been doing this? Why hasn’t he killed me? I had to push those all aside and focus on running. I got home and had to pretend like nothing happened like I didn’t just see what I saw and Thank God, he believed it he went to be with me. I was sleeping next to a killer. And he had no idea I knew it to. 

November 4th, 2014  

I can’t live knowing I’m letting him get away with this. The guilt I feel as I watch the news report about what happened to Ethan last night in his own home. It was eating me alive. I’ve decided to confront him about what I saw last night. That will clear my conscience, right? I’m planning to tell him after dinner that I know what he did. I can keep him calm. He won’t get mad at me and will just stop. Maybe. If someone finds this dairy after my death, I want everyone to know right now that Preston Baker killed me after I confront him about also killing Ethan Park and more victims that have not had justice for their death. 


November 5th, 2014 


Good evening views we interrupt your normal program to bring devastating news of another murder in our small quiet town. The latest victim of our own serial killer is Jay Masski a young and promising girl who was living with her boyfriend Preston Baker just two houses away from her own home. Her boyfriend came home from a night out to find Jay lifeless in their room with multiple wounds to her head and neck. Police have determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to her head and neck with a heavy object. Police are looking for a suspect and have acquired her laptop and other devices and belongings which are now under investigation. We will keep you posted with the latest news on the case. 

November 13th, 2014 


A new development in the murder of Jay Masski in the home she shared with her boyfriend Preston Baker. The police department has now issued an arrest warrant for Preston Baker as they have discovered evidence and enough reason to make an arrest. They won’t name the evidence, but they said it was linked to her computer. Preston is on the run, and they will chase and follow him until he stops running.