Top 10 PRANKS Ending in TRAGEDY!
Most pranks back in the day were just harmless good fun between best friends, often ending in embarrassment, perplexity, confusion, or discomfort. Nowadays it seems the pranking community has borderlined if not entirely passed into harassment and criminal activity which has had some deadly outcomes. In this list, we take a look at 10 pranks that ended in tragedy; we'll be omitting any pranks found on YouTube, as almost all of them are fake.
Cling Wrap School Prank
Sergei Casper, a seventeen year old boy from Moscow, Russia, was killed late December in 2014, when fellow classmates wrapped him in cling film, placed him feet first in a toilet, then brought him back to the classroom where, being unable to move his arms and legs, he toppled to the floor hitting his throat on a table. Sergei crushed his esophagus resulting in his death while his colleagues snickered in the background, and the teacher, who was in the room, did nothing. All involved in the incident were expelled, with one classmate, Dmitri, trying to defend their actions as simply playing a prank that had gone wrong. Evidence appears to indicate a serious bullying problem, with this incident being no laughing matter.
Jump Scare Prank
A surprise gone wrong left a beloved eighteen year old track star dead in Longmont, Colorado on September 6th, 2013 when Premila Lal and her twelve year old cousin decided to play a prank on Nerrek Galley, a close family friend. Unbeknownst to Galley, who was playing video games with Premila's fifteen year old brother, Pranil, Premila hid in the recently vacated Lal family home, for which Galley was keeping an eye on for the family. When they heard a noise, they decided to go check it out, thinking there may be an intruder, Galley was surprised when Premila jumped from the closet, where he accidentally shot her. The authorities wouldn't charge Galley with Premila's death, but instead held him on charges of reckless endangerment, child abuse, and providing a gun to a juvenile.
Royal Debacle Prank
Indian born Jacintha Saldanha, age 46, was found dead in her nurses quarters at King Edward VII's Hospital in London on December 7th, 2012 from an apparent suicide. This was only three days after receiving and falling for a prank call orchestrated by Australian radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. As the hospital housed Catherine Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge at the time for an extreme form of morning sickness, Saldanha put the call through to a colleague who disclosed private details of the Duchess's condition. The coroner concluded that the hoax was clearly pressing on Saldanha's mind as well as difficulties she was having with another colleague.
Jordan Morlan, a sixteen year old boy from Louisville, Kentucky, died September 25th, 2013 when he tried to play a prank on his sister and scare her by slipping his head through a noose they had hung in the front yard for Halloween. Ms. Rodriquez, the mother, said she was doing laundry when her daughter came inside and told her that Jordan was hanging from a tree and not moving, and at first dismissed it as one of the constant pranks Jordan played on his sister. The daughter insisted, adding that he had drool hanging from his mouth. The mother ran outside and quickly hurried to free her son from the rope, but it was too late. After 12 hours of being in a coma, Jordan passed away.
Drive-By Egging Prank
A 14-year old Ohio, Danny Crawford, was murdered when he and others threw eggs at vehicles driving on U.S. 40 on December 2nd, 2006. The driver of a targeted Jeep Cherokee chased after the boys, pursuing Danny to an area of 28 N. Terrance Avenue on the city's west side, when Michael Gross Jr. got out of the vehicle and gunned him down. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and authorities wouldn't find the murder weapon until months later under the hood of the jeep. In the end, Michael Gross Jr. was sentenced to 15 years in prison for Danny's murder and tampering with evidence.
Adrian Broadway, a fifteen year old girl from Little Rock, Arkansas was shot in the head when a prank went horribly and tragically wrong on February 15th, 2014. She was with a group of teenagers who had gone to a house to do a retaliation prank on another teen who had previously pranked them on Halloween. The teenagers had thrown toilet paper, eggs, and mayonnaise on a car parked at the original pranksters house, when 48-year old Willie Noble came out of the house and opened fire. The driver also suffered injuries to his right arm, but was treated and released from the hospital shortly after. Police charged Noble with first degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison with the eligibility of parole after 21 years are served.
Ding-Dong Ditch Prank
A teenager who celebrated his 16th birthday by playing pranks on his neighborhood in Boca Raton, Florida, was fatally shot by Jay Steven Levin who mistook him for a burglar. Mark Andrew Drewes, a sophomore in high school, was declared dead from a single gunshot wound at Delray Medical Center when Drewes and a friend, who were randomly ringing doorbells and knocked on doors then running away, chose the wrong house to prank. Forty year old Jay Steven Levin, a Palm Beach County businessman who lived alone, told deputies that he was awoken by a knock on the door, armed himself, then answered the door. At the time Levin believed Drew was holding a weapon. Levin eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2004, and was sentenced to 52 weekends in jail.
Big Foot Prank
Forty four year old Randy Lee Tenley was killed after being struck by two vehicles on Highway 93 in Kalispell, Montana. According to Tenley's companions, he was on the highway in a Ghillie suit, or full body clothing made to resemble heavy foliage, to incite sightings of Bigfoot, and prank people into believing they had seen the beast. Authorities report that Tenley was standing in the right hand lane of south Highway 93 when a 15 year old girl hit him, and while another car swerved, a third car driven by a 17 year old girl ran him over. Investigators believed alcohol was involved at the time, and confirmed that no dispatchers received calls of a Sasquatch, only the one that sent emergency crews rushing to the scene.
Stop Sign Prank
Derek W. Greenlee, 18, of Circleville, and Seth R. Stonerock, 19, of Stoutsville boasted in Facebook posts about their most recent prank involving covering a stop sign in plastic wrap and petroleum jelly so it was nearly invisible to motorists. The 2011 posts quickly disappeared when eighty-one year old Jeanne Shea drove past the stop sign and into another vehicle, seriously injuring herself, while her eighty-five year old sister, Mary Spangler died in the crash. Charges were dropped against Greenlee due to lack of evidence to support a charge of manslaughter, while Stonerock received four years for involuntary manslaughter.
Posterior Problems Prank
Ranking at number 10 on our list due to conflicting reports of Zhang Dajun's death, we nevertheless added this prank due to the implications it caused to the man's body. Zhang Dajun, a fifty-nine year old chef at a resort restaurant in Zigong, Sichuan Province, China was taken to the hospital on April 20th, 2010, complaining of abdominal pain, dehydration and had a great deal of anal bleeding. Perplexing doctors, they underwent an exploratory laparotomy, finding a 50-centimeter or 20-inch Asian swamp eel lodged in his rectum. The eel died, but not before biting its way through his intestines and wreaking havoc on Dajun's insides. Through an anonymous source it was discovered that on April 16th, 2010, Dajun had been drinking with friends, and as a prank they intentionally inserted the eel into his anus when he passed out.