When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying “this is what we do to naughty boys”. This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen.

Alfred Hitchcock

William Hitchcock, probably with his first son, William, outside the family shop in London, c. 1900; the sign above the store says “W. Hitchcock”. The Hitchcocks used the pony to deliver groceries.

Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 in the flat above his parents’ leased grocer’s shop at 517 High Road, Leytonstone, on the outskirts of east London (then part of Essex), the youngest of three children: William Daniel (1890–1943), Ellen Kathleen (“Nellie”) (1892–1979), and Alfred Joseph (1899-1980). His parents, Emma Jane Hitchcock, née Whelan (1863–1942), and William Edgar Hitchcock (1862–1914), were both Roman Catholics, with partial roots in Ireland; William was a greengrocer as his father had been.

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6 thoughts on “When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying “this is what we do to naughty boys”. This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen.”

  1. hobexp

    That is some lazy-ass parenting. Father couldn’t even be bothered to walk his son to the station for the fake imprisonment. Could also just be mad time management skills.

  2. traceitalian

    In Hitchcock’s films there’s a running theme of false accusations so it seems to have had deep a psychological affect on him. His upbringing seems to have had a real impact on both his art and personal life.

    I’m a huge fan of his films but he was a reprehensible and repellent man whose contribution to film is marred by his perversions and unpleasantness.

  3. OhioMegi

    Ugh. I’ve had parents ask if I can have our school resource officer tell their kid if they don’t do homework, they will get arrested. Yeah, no. That’s not what our SRO is for.

  4. Pb2Au

    Today We Learned that cruel pranks are a Hitchcock family tradition

  5. sandjogger05

    When I was 13 I was skipping school and was smoking with my friends. Small country town, my mother had the town police officer pull us over and he asked for me by name and said I’m under arrest for those crimes and my mum pretended to plead with him not to arrest me. Didn’t skip school or smoke until I was 17 lol ended up doing really well in school also.

  6. nelska2006

    did the note say anything like please show him the experience or did it say hes done something wrong lock him up

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