The 2019 thriller “Parasite” takes place in Korea, but a real-life version of the film is going down in Bowling Green, Ky.
Like the Academy Award-winning movie, this tale weaves together a local affluent homeowner — Bowling Green mayor Bruce Wilkerson — with a distraught and bloodied woman, who he found hiding in his cellar, the Bowling Green Daily News recently reported.
Wilkerson had slept over at a home he’d been renovating when, last Wednesday morning, he “heard a ruckus” outside the house that he tried to ignore. When the noise wouldn’t stop, the former Bowling Green police officer went on a search for clues that quickly led to a spot of blood on the cellar door of the home.
Inside, the cellar was empty, but he did find a plastic bag stuffed with women’s clothing. That’s when he called the police to inquire on reports of missing women.
They found none, so he went back to renovating.
Later that day while working on the house, he found that some electrical switches had lost power, which prompted him to investigate the premises again. This time, he found the cellar door ajar — and a frightened woman inside.
“She said, ‘I’m hiding from someone,’ ” Wilkerson told the newspaper. An instant later, the woman ran out of the cellar and down the street.
The woman, which the mayor approximated to be about 20 years old, has not yet been identified. Wilkerson, for his part, wanted to come forward to the press about his involvement with the incident.
“I told the officers when they came that she didn’t steal anything. I asked the officers why they were grinning and they said that no matter how they write the report, it’s going to say the mayor locked a woman in his house,” he later told WNKY.