Creepy 'Serial Hugger' Sounds Like a Bad Tosh.0 Joke (But It's Not)Katie J.M. Baker7/11/12 11:50amFiled to: WtfCreepyharassmenthuggingMissouritweetshutterstock69EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink There's a "serial hugger" running loose in Missouri — dubbed "Jack the Gripper" or "John Wayne Embracey" by a local paper — who runs around town soliciting hugs from women using every party-goer's favorite trick for awkward run-ins: pretending he's met them before.Yes, we know: it does sound like an ill-conceived (albeit PG-rated — hey, no rape jokes!) joke from that merry prankster Tosh.0. But the serial hugger is no joke, he's not doing it for laughs, and there's no hidden camera. After 36 women recently complained to the police about unwanted hugs, prosecutors are trying to decide whether his actions are legitimately criminal.