FENTON, Mo.—A year after Jessica Rue nearly died inside a suburban St. Louis haunted house, her recovery is far from complete.
Rue was a 17-year-old worker at Creepyworld in Fenton, Mo., hired to scare guests as they walked through a bathroom scene drenched in fake blood. On Oct. 27, 2011, she slipped off a tub and her neck got caught in a noose. Visitors figured it was part of the show.
A lawsuit filed by Rue against Creepyworld, its parent company and two co-workers says she hung from the noose for 2 to 10 minutes and wasn’t breathing before a co-worker cut her down.
Rue told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she doesn’t remember the accident. She struggles with short-term memory loss, headaches, blackouts, heart flutters and dizzy spells.
The lawsuit is just the latest in a stream of negative press for the haunted house.
On Monday, employees of Creepyworld’s “Zombie Town Haunted Hayride” told News 4 they did not have adequate protection and received welts and bruises while being targeted as customers armed with paintball guns moved through the park on a hay wagon shooting at them.