Like a scene out of a real-life horror movie, a 29-year-old woman found herself stabbing her friend at a haunted house in Nashville, Tennessee. No, she had no murderous intent. She just thought the knife wasn’t real.
The group of friends was wandering through the Nashville Nightmare Haunted House when they were approached by a thin man in a skull mask who was believed to be an employee of the establishment. He asked whether one of the girl’s friends was “f***ing around with her,” to which she replied yes.
Handing her a knife, the stranger said:
Well, here, stab him.
somebody at a haunted house give ya friend a knife n tell em to stab you, if they don't test that shit before stabbing you wit all they strength THEY NOT YO FRIEND https://t.co/NzywvKP5xT
— 💗 Le' Cajun Peach💗 (@_CanIHi5UrFace) October 11, 2018
Thinking the knife was a fake prop, like so many others in the haunted house, the woman drove the knife into her friend’s arm.
The police report recounts what happened afterward:
As she pulled back she realized that there was blood on the knife, there was a hole in the victim’s shirt and blood was squirting from the victim’s left arm.
I would think that a person should be able to tell the difference between a fake knife and a real one. Maybe that’s just me.
— Kerwyn Phillip (@MrKerwynP) October 11, 2018
The stabbed friend, 29-year-old James Yochim, was immediately rushed to a hospital for his injuries. Like his friend, Yochim believed the entire interaction with the thin, skull-masked man was part of the “show:”
Keep in mind, we’d been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night and it was all fake. So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black.
THIS IS WHY I DON'T GO IN HAUNTED HOUSE!!! Shit can get you killed😲😲😲😲
— Blue Scorpia (@blue_scorpia) October 11, 2018
A third friend who witnessed the entire incident told police he heard the thin man say he “did not realize the weapon was that sharp” after blood began spurting out of Yochim’s arm.
That's really messed up.
— Veronica🌊 (@V_Newt84) October 11, 2018
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the company who owns the Nashville haunted house, commented that they had not been contacted by police, but that “an employee has been identified as being involved in the incident and has been placed on leave.”
They went on to say:
We are going over all of our safety protocols with all of our staff again, as the safety and security of all of our patrons is always our main concern.
They out here stabbing people at haunted houses, this is beyond me
— 🗯 (@forbeskhalil) October 10, 2018
Twitter was straight up SPOOKED!
Someone who *appears* to be a Nashville haunted house character hands someone a knife and tells her to stab her friend…and she does? And is surprised stabbing results in her friend being stabbed?
— Yihyun Jeong (@yihyun_jeong) October 10, 2018
— Dustin Barnes (@DustinCL) October 10, 2018
Why are y’all stabbing people in these haunted houses is the question of the season?
— 🌹M.Stout🌹 (@stout_87) October 11, 2018
Went to a haunted house the other night lol all I kept thinking was "Ya know, any psycho could just walk up in here all dressed up and start stabbing people." Smh
— ★Stefan★ (@Starkel05) October 9, 2018
— Honislegirl (@honIsleGirl) October 10, 2018
The lesson: never trust scary monsters or people in skull makeup.
When I was a kid, I went on a haunted hayride, and at one point they locked us in a barn and turned off the lights. I was in the back of the group, so I was right in front of the guy who popped out with a chainsaw.
I punched him.
Do not trust scary people with weapons.
— Kuiper Bellieve Women (@KuiperBelle) October 10, 2018
This is just CRAZY……. I mean I love a good scare just like the next person, but come on. What is this lesson from this story??? Don't stab your friends at all!
PS… Next Halloween they will chase you with rubber chickens and balloons!!! https://t.co/WkDK7golmS
— 🎙Cody on WNPC📻 (@codyonwnpc) October 11, 2018
The thin man’s identity has not been revealed.