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Investigation Launched into Disturbing Allegations at Tennessee’s “Extreme Haunted Attraction”
• The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office is investigating an “extreme haunted attraction” in Summertown, TN, following allegations of physical and emotional harm inflicted upon participants.
• Participants have come forward with shocking stories of being waterboarded, tased, whipped, and struck in the face.
• A promotional video for the attraction showcases some of the horrors visitors endure, including being dragged by heavy chains and confined while water pours in.
• The owner dismisses allegations as “baseless,” but a Change.org petition has reached over 191k signatures calling for the attraction’s closure.
• Officials are requesting documents and information from McKamey to address concerns about potential violations of consumer protection laws.
An “extreme haunted attraction” in Tennessee is currently under investigation following accusations of physical and emotional harm inflicted upon participants.
The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office has sent a letter expressing serious concerns to Russ McKamey, owner of McKamey Manor in Summertown.
Participants have come forward with shocking stories of being waterboarded, tased, whipped, and repeatedly struck in the face, leaving them with lasting scars.
Disturbingly, a promotional video for the attraction showcases some of the horrors visitors endure, including being dragged by heavy chains and confined while water pours in.
Despite these allegations, Russ McKamey has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.
He dismissed the accusations as baseless, stating, “They say McKamey Manor tortures people… give me a break.”
Interestingly, McKamey Manor had to relocate to Tennessee from California in 2017 due to public outcry over its operations in San Diego.
The Attorney General’s letter also highlights the “lengthy waiver” participants must sign. Former participants have described feeling excited while reviewing the waiver at the beginning of the tour.
One individual from a Hulu documentary admitted that even if the waiver had mentioned the possibility of being murdered during the event, they would have still signed it due to their overwhelming adrenaline.
The AG’s office expresses concern over recent reports about the attraction’s practices, including claims that there is no quitting and no safe word policy.
District Attorney Brent Cooper warned that the attraction’s practices could potentially constitute kidnapping if participants are bound and gagged despite using the safe word.
A Change.org petition calling for the closure of the haunted attraction has garnered over 191,000 signatures since its creation in 2019.
McKamey, however, maintains that nobody has ever been injured at his attraction, aside from one heart attack incident, and asserts that bumps, bruises, sprains, and cuts can happen anywhere, even at Disneyland.
He proudly offers a $20,000 prize for anyone who can complete the tour, but when asked if anyone has succeeded, he confidently replies, “Of course not, and they never will! Because it’s so mentally and physically challenging. But it will be the most exciting thing you’ve ever done.”
Officials request documents and information from McKamey to address concerns about the attraction’s business practices and whether they violate consumer protection laws.
The investigation is centered in Summertown, located approximately 70 miles south of Nashville.