(FOLLOW-UP STORY) – Over 30,000 as of 6:15 a.m. this morning and climbing by the minute. That is how many signed an online petition calling for the closing of McKamey Manor in Summertown, Tennessee. Many are calling the facility a “torture chamber under disguise” instead of an extreme haunted house.
Frankie Towery, who started the petition, calls McKamey Manor a “kidnapping and torture house.”
The McKamey Manor experience can last up to 10 hours, requires participants be medically cleared by a doctor and sign a 40-page waiver. Thousands of dollars are offered to anyone who can complete the experience, but owner Russ McKamey told media outlets that no one has ever made it the whole way.
It costs nearly nothing to enter: Just a bag of dog food. The website warns of physically demanding environments, but McKamey says the manor is a mental game. The haunted house has a 40-page waiver. On that waiver it says you agree to being shocked, submerged in water, slapped, tied up, shaved or even unwanted dental work.
The manor is so intense that is has been the subject of numerous complaints in Lawrence County. County Commissioner Scott Franks wrote about an incident in which deputies were called to the property after a neighbor saw a woman dragged screaming from a van as part of the experience, saying “Staged or not, this is simply something that none of us want anywhere near us.” District Attorney Brent Cooper said that the program is legal because people are subjecting themselves to it voluntarily, though participants can withdraw their consent at any time according to Tennessee law.
To see the online petition, go to the following link: