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9 Halloween Attractions That Went Too Far


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Clowns Attack at Massacre Haunted House
Scary clowns attacked visitors to Massacre Haunted House. Jim McGuire/Getty Images
Scary clowns attacked visitors to Massacre Haunted House. Jim McGuire/Getty Images

Regina Janito, her 17-year-old daughter and three of her daughter's friends planned to walk through the Massacre Haunted House, often rated Illinois' scariest haunted house, in 2014. But their adventure was cut short after she and her daughter were assaulted and verbally harassed in the attraction's parking lot by two men dressed as clowns wielding sex toys. According to Jacinto, the men poked her daughter with a sex toy and also used the toy to simulate a sex act. One of the clowns, Robert Keller, repeatedly made lascivious remarks to the two women. They left without going inside the haunted house [source: Keller].

Afterward, traumatized by their experience, Janito and her daughter filed suit, alleging the intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and negligence. Keller eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was fined $500 and placed on probation for one year. He was also ordered to perform 30 hours of community service. Massacre Haunted House reached a confidential settlement with Jacinto and her daughter. The only thing known about it is that Massacre did not admit wrongdoing [source: Hitzeman].


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