Officers in Dallas, Texas, were called to investigate a gruesome Halloween display after a resident built a harrowing crime scene outside of his house.
The person responsible for the bizarre display also just happens to be an artist who seems adept at creating crime scenes that most people (outside of the emergency services community) only ever see in movies.
Included in the gruesome halloween display, is a manikin who appears to have been ‘assaulted’ with a sledgehammer.
Also on display is another manikin that appears to have the leg of a chair placed into its head.
Not content with two ‘victims’, the person responsible for the Halloween ‘decorations’ also placed another red-paint-soaked manikin on top of his roof.
This life-sized ‘doll’ appears to have a machete in its head.
Underneath, another ‘blood-soaked’ manikin is laying on the floor with a safe on its head.
Local police were called to the gruesome scene on at least three occasions by worried motorists who drove by the ‘display’.
Steven Novak, the artist behind the display, told the Dallas Observer:
“Neighbours told me cop cars were in front of my house a lot during the day,
“I was only home twice to receive them.
“They told me they thought it was cool and that they were only there because they were required to reply to complaints from the sergeant.
“It was raining a lot and washing the blood away so I indefatigably ‘watered’ the bodies every morning for a while to the dismay of early dog walkers and joggers.”
If you live in the UK and are thinking of creating a similar display, then be warned.
You might end up falling foul of the Public Order Act if you ‘visitors’ suffer harassment, alarm or distress after seeing your virtual crime scene.
Image credit: Steven Novak / Facebook
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