A Sandusky, Ohio, couple is learning the difference between bad taste and breaking the law.
Micah Risner and his fiancee, Nataleigh Schlette, staged her gruesome murder, then texted the images with a confession to family members, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
While Schlette lay in a bathtub, Risner covered her and the walls with ketchup and put a “bloody” knife near the “body.” It was just a prank. What could go wrong?
Plenty. Frantic family members called the police, who arrived en masse at the couple’s home. Considering the presumed circumstances, they were prepared for the worst. Everyone involved is very, very lucky that the situation didn’t end up in actual bloodshed. The “fake” photo is bad enough.
These people aren’t just your everyday idiots. Risner allegedly pulled the prank to get the attention of his sister, who allegedly stole money from him. He sent the image to family members, including his sister Mimi, saying “We was arguing and I woke up to this.”
Mimi, the apparent brains of the family, responded by telling him to “take your clothes and throw them in a dumpster far away.” You know, because police never look for evidence in dumpsters. She was also careful to tell Risner to delete the texts.
Responding to the “murder scene,” police found Schlette coming down the stairs with two children, and Risner also safely at home.
“You don’t know what you are going to encounter going into a situation like that. That could have been very bad for them or, you know, if there was a suspect in there and they came out shooting or with a knife to stab them or whatever the case may be,” said Sandusky Police Chief John Orzech, according to Fox News.
“There are all kinds of scenarios that are running though the officers’ minds as this is playing out.”
This could have become a real tragedy, and the thought that two children were in the home when officers responded is chilling. Risner and Schlette put police officers, themselves and especially their children, in real danger.
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