Traditional depiction of the Stilwell Grandma
Ruby L. Horn
Prank Call Victim, Victim Soundboard
The Stilwell Grandma (real name: Ruby L. Horn) (November 28, 1926 - August 22, 2016) was a victim procured by CommandoRunningMan in August, 2012, when she was called with the Confused Old Lady soundboard. She was an elderly woman, hailing from Stilwell, Oklahoma, the hometown of Duncan. She seemed to suffer from senility or dementia and, had trouble communicating over the phone. She had zero tolerance for prank-calls, and easily flew into a blind rage with little provocation (especially if greeted with a recording of herself saying "Oh, it's you again..."), loudly cursing and ranting at the callers.
She was best known for screaming in a shrill, wolf-like howl, in a futile effort to get pranksters off the phone, which has only served to endear her to them. CommandoRunningMan wasted no time in creating a soundboard of her voice, which was then used to call her, resulting in an incoherent shouting match between herself and the recording.
There is speculation that much like Frank Garrett, the Stilwell Grandma possibly had a love/hate view towards the calls and secretly enjoys having someone to curse and yell at. CommandoRunningMan stated in a comment on one of his YouTube videos:
"there were times where she didn't hang her phone up correctly and you could hear her talking about the calls with her sister and they were laughing and giggling, i'm sure she enjoys it to some degree."
Ruby was born in Cherokee County, Oklahoma and lived in in the small town of Stilwell in Adair County for over 40 years before being randomly discovered by the prank call community at the age of 85. As she stated in one call, she was basically homebound due to advanced health problems and poverty, although her obituary did note that she was a prolific quilter and gardener.
Ruby's family life was actually quite sad, and most of her relatives predeceased her by decades: her first son (born to her first husband, Hubert Barklage, from whom she was granted a divorce in March 1952) died as an infant, and her second husband Floyd Gilbert—19 years her senior—died of cancer in 1960, leaving Ruby an impoverished widow for more than half her life. Ruby's only other child (Ralph, a Marine Corps veteran and former Deputy Sheriff in Stilwell) died suddenly in 1994 at the age of 41, just one year after filing for bankruptcy with less than $1000 in listed assets. Ralph has a gravestone in the same cemetery as his mother but didn't get an obituary in the local paper (just a one-line death notice with the date of the funeral and no cause listed), which is common practice in parts of the Bible Belt for people who committed suicide, OD'ed on illegal drugs or otherwise died in a way that would shame their families. Two of Ruby's sisters and three of her brothers also died before her, leaving her sister Dollie (occasionally heard on the prank recordings) as her only surviving sibling and closest companion in her waning years.
She did have two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, however. Her grandson Doug and granddaughter Charise are both married with children and living in Stilwell; Doug has a felony record for embezzlement in addition to being briefly jailed in 2014 for failure to pay child support, and has now moved into Ruby's former home at 102 East Cedar Street. Charise had her home in Stilwell foreclosed on in 2010 and now gets her mail at a Stilwell PO Box.
Ruby demonstrated a small amount of knowledge of Frank Garrett and was aware that he is dead, likely through obituaries for him, following his death. She was informed of a small amount of information about the prank calling community through a call made to her, although due to her advanced age and probable senility she never seemed to realize how she'd been discovered and why she kept getting so many calls, insisting that her number was unlisted (which it wasn't, and still isn't).
The Stilwell Grandma died on August 22, 2016 at the age of 89. She had been living in an elderly care home for several years since suffering from a fall in late 2014. She is buried in Caney Cemetery in Welling, OK, about 5 miles to the west of Stilwell.
Appearances in Other Media
In the Season 1 finale of the Irate Black Man Animated Series, a clip of the Stilwell Grandma's wolf-like howls was used as a sound-effect, after Richard Dimpo is resurrected as a werewolf by the devil (played by the Satanic Racist).
Although the Stilwell Grandma became one of the most popular recent victims, there was minor controversy surrounding her fame. Some people questioned whether she was too old to receive the prank-calls, and if they were having a negative-effect on her health (the death of Frank Garrett no doubt contributed to these discussions). This was a contributing factor in MDopvveszZW's decision to stop pranking her. CommandoRunningMan addressed these concerns in his attempts to keep her identity and number from going public.
On April 5th 2013, CommandoRunningMan, the prankster who originally discovered her, released the final calls to her. In May 2013, a prankster called her using his own voice to get information. She revealed, like Frank Garrett, she has had the Stilwell police visit her, believing that she has been harassing people, and that she is still prank-called on a regular basis. Ruby has also demonstrated knowledge of the numbers calling her, stating one was a California area-code. She also insisted she does not enjoy the calls (contrary to CommandoRunningMan's belief).
As of February 2014, CommandoRunningMan's acccount is closed with no further updates. The reasoning of the closure is unclear, it may have been as a result of the Stilwell Grandma controversies though he had expressed disinterest in the community prior to his departure.
- "Hell no, I'm not goin' to Missouri!" (In response to John Wayne)
- "What have I told you about ringin' this number all the time? I don't know how you got it. I got it unlisted; and I've asked you not to do that, and I'm gonna turn you into the phone company, and you might just get you a trip to the jailhouse or a big fine. So you'd better quit ringin' my number here, you understand?"
- "Listen here, you crazy idiot! Do you know who you're talkin' to? Huh?
- "Oh shut up, you sorry bastard!"
- "Cut this crap out!"
- "I don't know you, who are you?" (In response to herself)
- "There's one old lady [herself] who keeps callin', but the rest of 'em are menfolks."
- "A lady calls me, but she won't tell me her name; she says "are ya home? are ya alright?" and all that kind o' stuff, and I don't know who she is or what she's callin' me for!"
Ruby has produced her most creative and hilarious insults when confronted with the soundboard recording of herself, which she has (amazingly) yet to recognize as her own voice. Being unaware of the soundboard community, and given that most of the calls to Ruby were made with Confused Old Lady or a soundboard of herself (including one clip stating "I live in Stilwell, Oklahoma"), she now strongly believes she is being tormented by some other anonymous elderly woman in Stilwell, which probably helps explain her ongoing rage. Since the soundboard invariably produces a violent, spluttering rant, they quickly became the gold-standard when pranking her. Ruby has called herself:
- a "dirty, sorry, low-down rat"
- a "clabber-headed low-down heifer"
- a "dirty low-down clabber-assed bitch"
- a "low-down dirty hog-head, sorry-lookin' thing"
- a "dirty low-down sorry-lookin' bitch, crazy-lookin' idiot"
- an "aggravatin' old ass-hole"
- a "bathroom-user"
- a "durned old bag"
- a "durned old crazy bitch"
- an "old hag, you aggravatin' low-down ol' heifer"
- an "old hag, sorry lookin' old hag"
- an "old haggy-baggy"
- an "old hag-bag, whatever the hell you are"
- an "aggravatin' old hag-bag"
- a "whooper-head"
- a "clabber-headed old bat"
- an "old ornery-ass, old sorry, bitchy-lookin' shit"
She is known to make very violent and unintentionally hilarious threats to herself, as well. For example:
- "I-I HATE ya! I get my hands on ya, I'd choke ya black-and-blue!"
- "If you don't stop this, [if] I get a hold of ya, I'll stomp the shit out of you, you ol' bitch!"
- "If I knew who you was, I'd come and tie ya across the railroad track!"
|August 19, 2012||Confused old lady calls Stilwell||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma||Original call.|||
|August 19, 2012||Robert chandler calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|August 28, 2012||Confused old lady checks up on the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|August 28, 2012||Stilwell grandma calls herself||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 17, 2012||Duncan makes a quick call to the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 18, 2012||More calls to the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 18, 2012||Stilwell grandma revisits herself after supper||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 21, 2012||Another round with the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 23, 2012||Stilwell grandma calls her sister||CommandoRunningMan||Female victim|||
|September 27, 2012||John Wayne calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 27, 2012||Mister Rogers calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|September 27, 2012||Dr phil calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 3, 2012||Stilwell grandma has a rematch with herself||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 5, 2012||Stilwell Grandma likes to howl||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 11, 2012||Donna Pope's Neighbor calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 11, 2012||dr phil revisits the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 11, 2012||Santa claus calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 13, 2012||Aunt judy calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 13, 2012||Stilwell grandma quick friday call||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 13, 2012||dr. phil calls stilwell grandma on a friday||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|October 22, 2012||Stilwell Grandma calls Illegal immigrants||Pranktz||Bail Bondsman and various victims|||
|October 26, 2012||Arnold calls the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 4, 2012||Sunday session with the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 5, 2012||John Wayne checks up on the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 5, 2012||dr. phil wants to help the stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 6, 2012||Richard Simmons calls stilwell grandma||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 8, 2012||Stilwell grandma talks about the calls||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 8, 2012||Richard Simmons vs stilwell grandma - round 2||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 9, 2012||Stilwell Grandma Calls a Telemarketer||Sir Cranksalot||Male telemarketer|||
|November 10, 2012||Frank Garrett & Stilwell Grandma Call Best Western Hotels||Sir Cranksalot
|November 11, 2012||Stilwell Grandma - The Lost Files||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 11, 2012||Stilwell Grandma calls some hotels||puremadnessmann||Various Hotels|||
|November 13, 2012||Stilwell Grandma & Family Call A Southern Homo||Sir Cranksalot||Male victim|||
|November 15, 2012||Stilwell Grandma Calls The Prosecutor||Sir Cranksalot||Prosecutor|||
|November 16, 2012||Frank Garrett & Stilwell Grandma (Part 2)||Sir Cranksalot
|November 17, 2012||Frank Garrett and Stilwell Grandma Call a Cop||Sir Cranksalot
|November 18, 2012||Stilwell Grandma visits drunk girls||Nomadcowatbk||Various|||
|November 18, 2012||Stilwell Grandma calls payphone||Nomadcowatbk||Various|||
|November 21, 2012||Stilwell Grandma Calls Some People||Unoriginalprankstah||Various|||
|November 22, 2012||Stilwell Grandma calls Butterball hotline||Female victim|||
|November 23, 2012||Stilwell Grandma calls herself on Thanksgiving||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|Novemeber 27, 2012||Stilwell grandma awaits the mayan prophecy||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 29, 2012||Stilwell grandma - oh its you again!||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|November 30, 2012||Stilwell grandma - shoe repair||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|December 6, 2012||Stilwell grandma calls the yellers and speaks to a civilized employee||CommandoRunningMan||Yellers|||
|December 6, 2012||Stilwell grandma - dancin like coons||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|December 7, 2012||Respected Gentleman (Stilwell Grandma & Mystery Man)||Puremadnessmann||Respected Gentleman|||
|December 10, 2012||Stilwell Grandma calls sorority house||Nomadcowatbk||Sorority girls|||
|December 12, 2012||The Prosecutor & Stilwell Grandma Book A Cruise||TouchToneTelephone||Carnival Cruise Lines|||
|December 13, 2012||Christmas Special calls featuring Stilwell Grandma + LOADS more.||ItsOnlyAPrank||Redneck Roofer|||
|December 16, 2012||Stilwell Grandma - Merry Christmas||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|December 17, 2012||Love Is In Stilwell Grandma's Air||Pranktz||Stilwell Grandma|||
|December 18, 2012||Stilwell Grandma - Planetary Alignment||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|December 27, 2012||Stilwell Grandma - Happy New Year||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|December 27, 2013||Telemarketer Revenge 62: Stilwell Elders Hate Taking Vacations||revolverocelot2501||Various Telemarketers|||
|January 1, 2013||Stilwell Grandma - New Year Hangover||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|January 1, 2013||Willy Wanda & Norman Bates Call Stilwell Grandma||MDopvveszZW||Stilwell Grandma|||
|January 4, 2013||Stilwell Grandma's tell all interview (+ More goodies)||Pranktz||Stilwell Grandma|||
|January 7, 2013||stilwell grandma calls the redneck roofer||CommandoRunningMan||Redneck Roofer|||
|January 13, 2013||Old Calls To Stilwell Grandma||MDopvveszZW||Stilwell Grandma|||
|January 14, 2013||stilwell grandma adventures||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|January 25, 2013||Stilwell lady fun time (4)||Pranktz||Stilwell Grandma, Wanda|||
|Jan 25, 2013||My Final Calls To Stilwell Grandma and More||MDopvveszZW||Stilwell Grandma|||
|January 30, 2013||The Return of The Kingssh||Pranktz||Various victims, Drunk Al, Karen the Librarian, Stilwell Grandma|||
|February 20, 2013||stilwell grandma - february fun||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|February 23, 2013||Stilwell lady fun time (5)||Pranktz||Stilwell Grandma|||
|March 4, 2013||stilwell grandma - march madness||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|March 6, 2013||Stilwell Grandma - Oh its not me again!||FridockShir||Call medley set to 'Sabre Dance'|||
|March 13, 2013||Stilwell Grandma - Reincarnation||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|March 18, 2013||Stilwell Grandma - St. Patrick's Day||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|April 6, 2013||Stilwell Grandma - Final Calls||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|May 2013||Interview With The Stilwell Grandma!||Stilwell Grandma|
|November 1, 2013||Stilwell Grandma - Halloween Resurrection||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|February 2, 2014||Stilwell Grandma - Total Recall||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
|February 13, 2014||Stilwell Grandma - Sam Jones Chronicles (aka Sam Hell)||CommandoRunningMan||Stilwell Grandma|||
- confused old lady calls Stilwell on YouTube
- stilwell grandma - oh its you again! on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma Planetary Alignment
- stilwell grandma calls herself on Thanksgiving on YouTube
- stilwell grandma calls herself on YouTube
- Robert chandler calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- confused old lady checks up on the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Duncan makes a quick call to the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- More calls to the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Stilwell grandma revisits herself after supper on YouTube
- another round with the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Stilwell grandma calls her sister on YouTube
- john wayne calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- mister rogers calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- dr phil calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Stilwell grandma has a rematch with herself on YouTube
- stilwell grandma likes to howl on YouTube
- donna popes neighbor calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- dr phil revisits the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Santa claus calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Aunt judy calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- Stilwell grandma quick friday call on YouTube
- dr. phil calls stilwell grandma on a friday on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma calls Illegal immigrants on YouTube
- Arnold calls the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- sunday session with the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- john wayne checks up on the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- dr. phil wants to help the stilwell grandma on YouTube
- richard simmons calls stilwell grandma on YouTube
- stilwell grandma talks about the calls on YouTube
- richard simmons vs stilwell grandma - round 2 on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma Calls a Telemarketer on YouTube
- Frank Garrett & Stilwell Grandma Call Best Western Hotels on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma - The Lost Files on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma calls some hotels on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma & Family Call A Southern Homo on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma Calls The Prosecutor on YouTube
- Frank Garrett & Stilwell Grandma (Part 2) on YouTube
- Frank Garrett and Stilwell Grandma Call a Cop on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma visits drunk girls on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma calls payphone on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma Calls Some People on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma calls Butterball hotline on YouTube
- stilwell grandma awaits the mayan prophecy on YouTube
- stilwell grandma - shoe repair on YouTube
- Stilwell grandma calls the yellers and speaks to a civilized employee on YouTube
- Stilwell grandma - dancin like coons on YouTube
- Respected Gentleman (Stilwell Grandma & Mystery Man) on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma calls sorority house on YouTube
- The Prosecutor & Stilwell Grandma Book A Cruise - Prank Call on YouTube
- Christmas Special calls featuring Stilwell Grandma + LOADS more. on YouTube
- Telemarketer Revenge 62: Stilwell Elders Hate Taking Vacations on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma's tell all interview (+ More goodies) on YouTube
- stilwell grandma calls the redneck roofer on YouTube
- stilwell grandma adventure on YouTube
- Stilwell lady fun time (4) on YouTube
- stilwell grandma - february fun on YouTube
- Stilwell lady fun time (5) on YouTube
- stilwell grandma - march madness on YouTube
- Stilwell Grandma - Oh its not me again! on YouTube