Just recently, a woman unknowingly committed a real stabbing while at a popular Halloween attraction in Tennessee known as “Nashville Nightmare,” which features food vendors, carnival games, an escape room, and four different “haunted houses.”
Specifically, while visiting the “horror-thrill campus” in Madison, Tennessee with several friends, a woman, who has since been identified as Tawnya Greenfield, reportedly stabbed her friend James “Jay” Yochim in the arm with a knife that she didn’t think was real.
According to reports, the incident, which apparently occurred shortly after they went into the various “haunted” houses and played carnival games with several other friends, began when a person in a costume approached Greenfield and asked if Yochim, who had just teased her in a jokingly manner, was bothering her.
In response, Greenfield, who purportedly thought it was a part of the costumed person’s act, responded to the question with a “yes.”
The person then reportedly handed her a knife and, while speaking in character, said, “well here, stab him.”
Greenville then took the knife thinking that it was fake and plunged it into her friend’s arm in an attempt to play along. She even told reporters that she jokingly said, “haha, gotcha!”
Upon pulling her arm back, however, she realized that the knife was real and that she had seriously wounded her friend.
“His arm was gushing blood like something out of a horror scene,” explained Greenfield while speaking to reporters in the wake of the incident.
“Keep in mind, we’d been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake,” added Yochim.
By saying this, Yochim appeared to be referring to the fact since most of the people at the attraction were dressed in costumes and carried fake weapons, they assumed that the knife that was handed to them by a costumed person was all apart of the frightening experience.
“So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black,” he continued, noting, “the thing I remember is the guy who gave it to her kind of freaking out and saying things like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know my knife was that sharp. I didn’t know. I’m so sorry.'”
After witnessing her unknowingly stab her friend, the unknown man then promptly ran away. Despite this, the employers of the Halloween attraction believe that the suspect is one of their employees and have since placed him on leave.
A short time later, paramedics showed up and brought Yochim to a local hospital where he then had his injury treated, receiving nine stitches in the process.
Although he doesn’t reportedly recall much else, Yochim mentioned that he does remember lying on a table while several other cast members at the attraction tried to keep him conscious. He also purportedly remembered that Greenfield was “bawling” nearby.
“No one wants to stab their friend. I’ve been stabbed and I still can’t even imagine what it’s like to accidentally hurt your friend like that,” he reasoned.
Following the incident, a statement was released by the management of Nashville Nightmare providing the public with additional information.
“The safety and security of our patrons is our top priority, and, for the past 8 years, we have hosted Nashville Nightmare without any security incidents or major injuries,” they began in their statement.
“We are still confirming the facts, but I can tell you that on Friday night, a male patron was injured by a fellow patron outside the Nashville Nightmare house. Our medical staff responded immediately, and the injured party was transported to the hospital where we understand that he was treated and released,” the management explained.
“We have robust safety and security protocols in place, including metal detectors and onsite medical and security staffs. As we have continued to review the information, we believe that an employee was involved in some way, and he has been placed on leave until we can determine his involvement,” they continued.
“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 added, noting “we have not been contacted by the police, but we will cooperate fully with any official investigation.”
As of now, local law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating the situation further. No charges have been filed yet, though.
Last year, for example, a 17-year-old teenager was reportedly left with a one-inch cut alongside his face after Iván Azael, who was working at the House of Scares as a scary clown, inadvertently slashed him with a running chainsaw while trying to frighten him. Afterward, the teen, whose face had basically been ripped open at the attraction, was then rushed to a nearby hospital.
A year before that, three people died and numerous others were injured during a horrific accident while aboard a Halloween hayride that had been driving along the highway near a Chunky, Mississippi. Apparently, the fatal accident occurred after a pickup truck crashed into the back of the trailer that they were inside.
In 2014, a 17-year-old teen from Oakland, Maine died while on a Halloween hayride as well. Instead of the trailer being struck by another car like the horrific accident in Mississippi, however, the teen lost her life after the vehicle towing them lost control of its brakes, rolled down a steep gravel path, struck a tree, and then flipped over.
There were also more than a dozen other people who were also reportedly injured in the tragic accident. Following the incident, the parents of the teen that who her life filed a wrongful death lawsuit, which was later settled, and plan to use the money that they received from the settlement to support a charity created in her honor.