How One Domestic Abuse Victim Saved Her Life By Calling 911 To Order A Pizza

In a recent Reddit thread about memorable 911 calls, one dispatcher re-told a story about a woman who called to “order a pizza” in code to report a domestic abuse case.

Logically, the 911 operator—later identified as Keith Weisinger—thought he was on the receiving end of a prank call. But instead of hanging up, he stayed on the line and listened carefully, which is when he realized the woman was speaking in code because her abuser was close by.

Take a look at the transcript:

“911, where is your emergency?”

“123 Main St.”

“Ok, what’s going on there?”

“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.” (oh great, another prank call).

“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911”

“Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?”

“Ummm…. I’m sorry, you know you’ve called 911 right?”

“Yeah, do you know how long it will be?”

“Ok, Ma’am, is everything ok over there? Do you have an emergency?”

“Yes, I do.”

“..And you can’t talk about it because there’s someone in the room with you?” (moment of realization)

“Yes, that’s correct. Do you know how long it will be?”

“I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”

“Nope.”

“Can you stay on the phone with me?”

“Nope. See you soon, thanks.”

Thankfully, once Weisinger caught on, he sent an officer to the house where the cop discovered the woman in bad shape after being beaten up by her drunk boyfriend. Sadly, this wasn’t the first time, either. (The dispatcher checked the address records and noticed multiple calls had been placed regarding instances of domestic violence.)

The suspect was immediately placed under arrest.

Kudos to the victim for having the braveness and ingenuity to make the call.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

  • Bobbie Montalvan

    Good for her !!!

  • Jessica<3

    How many times does a man have to beat you before you realize he’s never gonna stop & you need to do everything in your power to get away from him!

    • It’s not always a matter of realizing. Often the realization is there long before the ability to get away… For some, it goes on far too long because they feel they’re not worth anything and are getting what they deserve.

      • Jessica<3

        My statement wasn’t a judgment towards anyone, I completely understand that there are always different circumstances. I just don’t understand what it takes to pull a person down so far that they think it’s ok for a man to beat them all the time.

        • Barbara Morgan

          An abuser usually starts with verbal assaults against their victim, telling they are worthless, ugly, fat etc that no one else would have them, they need to be thankful he or she is staying with them. After destroying the victim’s self worth and respect for themselves, they tell them they are causing their abuse because of and they won’t be abused if they would just do . Think of things the abuser can come up and fill in the blanks. Also some of these women were brought up in a abusive home and think abuse happens in all homes.

        • I understand. I didn’t mean to seem as though I was accusing… I’m *very* fortunate that I never ended up with an abusive man because I was told – for the first 23 years of my life – that I was a useless human being and that if I didn’t exist, it wouldn’t matter. I was told I was stupid, would never amount to anything and would be fortunate to EVER find someone who loved me.

          It would have been easy for a man to beat me like that and I would have stayed because I would have thought I was lucky to even have a man… If that makes sense…

          I happened to find a very good man who has told me the opposite for the 16 years I’ve known him. Plus, I have a successful Facebook page (over 230K fans), two pretty successful websites and I wrote a book… But those words, even though I’ve not heard them for the last 18 years still pop up in my inner dialogue.

          That’s what it would take… 🙂 It’s funny this came up in my feed today as I was just writing about this a couple days ago… http://www.shelleybroadway.com/sticks-and-stones-break-bones-words-break-spirits/

          • Jessica<3

            Wow, I’m sorry for what you endured & unfortunately it’s something that happens all the time! I’m glad you found someone so wonderful, I will definitely check out your Facebook page! <3

          • Your type is really annoying. Don’t compare your emotional abuse with words to women who have endured actual beatings or the children who have witnessed physical violence. It’s insulting.

          • What’s annoying is people accusing you of things you didn’t say or do. Perhaps, before chastising someone, read what they wrote instead of what you think they wrote. Clearly you read the first line or two and quit reading – making and assumption because you have a bias towards a “type” of person. If you’d actually read what I wrote, you’d see that I said BECAUSE of emotional abuse it would have been incredibly easy for me to end up in a physically abusive relationship such as this.

            I would not compare my situation with anyone else. Even with someone who was emotionally abused. However, in general speaking terms, I would have rather taken a physical beating instead of the emotional one I was given. Physical beatings leave bruises and broken bones. Bruises and broken bones can be seen – photographed – noticed by other people. Even marks left where they can’t always be seen can be photographed and used as proof if it is ever one day needed. No such proof with emotional abuse. Actually, someone claiming emotional abuse, who reaches out for help, is often not believed or told they must have misunderstood what was said and live longer in the abuse than one who is physically abused.

            Physical bruises and bones heal much quicker than emotional ones – which don’t heal at all for some. So, I wouldn’t make that comparison anyway – not to something I would have willingly traded my abuse for in a heartbeat.

    • stopsayinglolyoumoron

      …and forthe love of god stop having children with abusers.

  • Softballumpire

    so the guy did it before why is she kept going back to him

    • It’s not always that simple… It seems that way to someone who hasn’t been there, but it’s not.

    • Barbara Morgan

      Fear, being brainwashed into thinking that no one else would love her except her abuser. Believes his or her lies that they will change and not do it again. There are many reasons while an abused person keeps on staying with their abuser and one reason they have been told repeatedly they were unworthy of better treatment or the love the abuser has for them, they lose all self respect and their will to be treated right.

    • Stephanie Krahmer

      Because our justice system slaps them on the wrist and then encourages couples counseling. My ex tried to kill me I was repulsed by the pressure put on me to sweep it under the rug. A year later he came back broke into my home with both my small children home and assaulted me and my boyfriend. He received 28 months and only because it was a breaking and entering charge. The first time he assaulted me he gave me whiplash fractured my collarbone and broke my hand. It was a misdemeanor assault he served thirty days. I was asked by his lawyer to drop the charges and he would go to counseling. The da brought this “deal” to me and tried to convince me it was reasonable. People stay for many reasons but when they finally get enough courage to leave society shuts the door and alot of scared beaten down women are standing alone some are not strong enough anymore to fight that fight.

  • evelyn

    I hope she wises up and gets away. To some women, a bad man is better than no man,

  • Unless you go through it don’t judge. You don’t know her whole story. Many victims of abuse stay for many reasons. Google “why I stayed”. Goodfor her for calling, and hopefully this will be the last time, sadly that’s probably unlikely. Prayers to her.

  • Jennifer Allen

    Very brave of her to pretend to call for pizza and get the cops to come and arrest him. He needs to be in jail for a long time for abusing her. I hope while he is locked up, she gets far away from him and stays away from him before he ends up killing her.

  • Eileen D

    For many women, it depends on what the abuser is holding over them. For instance my former spouse (now deceased), promised to take the children into the ‘woods of Missouri’ where I would NEVER see them again. He also kept all the money and would give me an ‘allowance’ once in a while. In addition, he threatened to kill my mom, dad, and refused to let me see my friends. I am grateful I got my family out alive. I had to ‘outsmart’ him, and I did!!

  • Kimberly Dillon

    speaking as a victim of domestic violence myself, being beaten on a daily and yes i mean daily basis, most victims stay with the abuser out of fear, i was 1000 miles from home with no family and few friends around me and it wasnt until i discovered i was pregnant that i had the nerve to leave. my ex was in the army and a neighbor reported him to his c o several times with no action being taken by the officer. dont judge someone, especially if you have never walked in their shoes this woman was very corageous for her actions

    • Eileen D

      So happy you got out! You are very courageous!! I hope you know you were ALWAYS courageous ‘cuz you faced that monster behavior every day!! Please don’t believe ANYONE who tells you to “just get over it.” You have to work through it. I find that it takes twice as many years to work through it, then it did to go through it. (Hope this makes sense, Kimberly.)

  • Cathy Smith

    The most dangerous time for a woman, is during “the breakup”

    • Eileen D

      You are absolutely right, Cathy! I took my son with me to an undisclosed hotel for the weekend when my ex was served with the divorce papers. I told absolutely no one where we were. My sister thought I was ‘over-reacting’. Not! Stay safe out there!!! Make a plan! Note: I have since learned that he had purchased a 45-caliber semi-automatic hand gun.

      • Cathy Smith

        If he shows “Love” by beating you, Imagine the “love” you will get when you try to leave!-No one understands, it’s not “simple” to leave, and if you do, he may show you “love” to get you back-ever hear of Murder-Suicide? Some men will “take you with them” just to avoid being alone in the “afterlife”.

        • Eileen D

          Yes, I remember him saying, “I only do this for your own good.” On the other hand, he would say, “You’ll never know when or how, but you’ll pay for embarrassing me [or insert any excuse here].” But, he didn’t ‘beat’ me. He ‘manhandled’ me by using wrestling skills he learned in high school. He made sure the bruises were in locations that could be easily hidden by clothes. He was extremely calculating.

          • Cathy Smith

            Please be safe-I don’t want to see “your story” on ID!

          • Eileen D

            Thank you, Cathy! He is now deceased from natural causes. So, I am safe or I wouldn’t even be writing about this.

  • applepiefaced

    This is clever both on the part of the caller and of the operator. Kind of gives me chills.

  • Esther Barnett

    Woman, you are brilliant and deserve a medal. Do yourself a favor and leave him while he’s arrested. Please, please do not buy his lies of ‘hey baby, I’m so sorry.’ ‘It’ll never happen again.’ You are so brave. May God protect you and heal your wounds – seen and unseen, physical and emotional.

  • sacas

    Thank God the dispatcher stayed on the line with her and didn’t continue to think it was a prank and hang up……..thank you Mr,Dispatcher!!!

  • Henrietta

    Thank God the 911 operator did not just release the call……Thank You!! I’ve watched “Outrageous 911”, and wouldn’t have blamed the operator if he did, but a job well done….!!

  • 2big2failinscranton

    gr8 story !

  • Worship Dancer

    Wow kudos to the dispatcher for catching on this quickly and getting that woman help.

  • Chadd A. Peterson

    Damn – He’s a hot lookin man bet he’s hung. He can hold me hostage anytime.