This is less of a crime and more of a horrific accident that happened last Halloween.
Photo of Jessica Rue days after the haunted-house accident
In October 2011, Jessica Rue, who was 17-years-old at the time, was an employee at Creepy-world, a haunted house in St Louis, Missouri. On a particular night last October, Jessica found herself in trouble when she accidentally entangled a noose around her neck which continued to choke her for up to ten minutes, into unconsciousness. Those who went to see the haunted house continued walking past her, thinking she was part of the show and her hanging on a noose was nothing more then an ‘act.’ She was found unconscious, barely clinging to life by another employee. She was immediately sent to the hospital and spent three days in a coma before she awoke. The noose had choked off oxygen to her brain. One year later at 18-years-old, she is unable to recall any of the events leading up to the accident that night.
Update: 10/16/12, FENTON, Mo.—A year after Jessica Rue nearly died inside a suburban St. Louis haunted house, her recovery is far from complete.
Rue was a 17-year-old worker at Creepyworld in Fenton, Mo., hired to scare guests as they walked through a bathroom scene drenched in fake blood. On Oct. 27, 2011, she slipped off a tub and her neck got caught in a noose. Visitors figured it was part of the show.
A lawsuit filed by Rue against Creepyworld, its parent company and two co-workers says she hung from the noose for 2 to 10 minutes and wasn’t breathing before a co-worker cut her down.
Rue told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she doesn’t remember the accident. She struggles with short-term memory loss, headaches, blackouts, heart flutters and dizzy spells.
The lawsuit is just the latest in a stream of negative press for the haunted house.
On Monday, employees of Creepyworld’s “Zombie Town Haunted Hayride” told News 4 they did not have adequate protection and received welts and bruises while being targeted as customers armed with paintball guns moved through the park on a hay wagon shooting at them.
Source: kmov published 10/16/12