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Halloween decoration fools 911 caller
Salisbury Post (NC) ^ | Tuesday, October 04, 2011 12:00 AM | Nathan Hardin

Posted on 10/04/2011 5:44:58 AM PDT by lwd

A passing motorist on Organ Church Road called 911 Monday morning after seeing what appeared to be a bloody body pinned under a lawn mower.

But authorities quickly learned that the body was actually a graphic Halloween decoration placed near the road by a neighbor.

“It wasn’t too long after we dispatched a call that we found out it was a Halloween decoration,” said 911 center shift supervisor Autumn Davis.

The attention-grabbing gag, set up in the yard at 3475 Organ Church Road near Rockwell, wasn’t surrounded by any other Halloween decorations on Monday. The set-up depicts a body with bloodstained jeans trapped under the blades of a riding lawn mower, with a can of beer in its hand.

Chris Deaton, the man behind the mower, said this is his second year with the decoration, and said he did it because it got great reviews last year.

“It’s cool for a Halloween ornament,” he said.

Deaton said he hadn’t been contacted by authorities or passing motorists, but he didn’t think the decoration was offending anyone.

He got the idea from someone else’s yard, Deaton said, while traveling to the beach one year.

Last year, Deaton kept the mower closer to the house, so only those on his driveway could see it.

This year, though, he wanted to try it closer to the road.

Deaton said he hasn’t put any other Halloween decorations around the mower because he figures it’s going to get stolen and he doesn’t want anything else taken.

“That’s the only thing it’s good for,” Deaton said about the mower, which no longer has a working motor in it.

“It’s probably going to be stolen and sold for scrap metal,” he said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: halloween; satanism
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1 posted on 10/04/2011 5:45:05 AM PDT by lwd
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To: lwd
“It’s probably going to be stolen and sold for scrap metal,”<

Well that's one way to get rid of it.
2 posted on 10/04/2011 5:47:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (MLB Playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2786167/posts)
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To: lwd

I’m surprised a SWAT team didn’t show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice.


3 posted on 10/04/2011 5:48:02 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: lwd

I despise Halloween.


4 posted on 10/04/2011 5:51:14 AM PDT by DManA
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To: lwd
but he didn’t think the decoration was offending anyone.

Why is that even a consideration?

5 posted on 10/04/2011 5:52:26 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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To: DManA

It used to be fun.
My mother called it “the devil’s holiday”, even 30 years ago, and it has seriously gotten to be just that.

I don’t enjoy it a bit anymore. Our church has a “fall bonfire” for all the families to attend, and it is a good time.


6 posted on 10/04/2011 5:53:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: lwd

Halloween is evil, and this is just one of the reasons. People who “decorate” like this need to be fined for creating a public nuisance, faking an emergency situation, or whatever.


7 posted on 10/04/2011 5:56:00 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: lwd

I remember a story last year or the year before, about an actual dead body that was ignored because people just assumed it was a Halloween decoration.


8 posted on 10/04/2011 5:58:23 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: lwd

Curious as to whether FReepers think this type of display is okay and whether they would be equally okay if someone were to set up a displaying portraying graphic sex in their front yard.


9 posted on 10/04/2011 5:59:12 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: lwd

Isn’t the bleedin’ holiday 4 weeks away? Some people need to grow up and get a life.


10 posted on 10/04/2011 6:00:10 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Why is that even a consideration?

So you'd be okay if someone put up a display of graphic sex in their front yard?

11 posted on 10/04/2011 6:00:20 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

It also reminds me of the Sarah Palin effigy and the discussion we had about that in 2008.


12 posted on 10/04/2011 6:01:43 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: DManA

I’m right there with you. I don’t know what happened to the little kids holiday it used to be. (im almost 50) Now it is a demonic drunken brawl. Count me out.


13 posted on 10/04/2011 6:03:45 AM PDT by Mom MD (The country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: Genoa

“People who decorate like this need to be fined for creating a public nuisance...”

IMHO, if it is this man’s property then he should be allowed to decorate how he wants. Do I like the decoration? No, it isn’t my cup of tea (we stick to pumpkins, Indian corn, hay bales etc). I may have agreed with your disdain up until about five years ago when several neighbors complained to our Civic Association that “manger” scenes shouldn’t be displayed on front lawns. It “offended” some liberal Jewish families/Atheists families. Once the door opens and someone slams their foot into it and regulated Halloween... believe me, Christmas and Easter will be next.


14 posted on 10/04/2011 6:03:45 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Genoa
Halloween is evil, and this is just one of the reasons. People who “decorate” like this need to be fined

I hope you removed all the scratchy bark from that stick.

15 posted on 10/04/2011 6:04:14 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: TSgt

I’m surprised a SWAT team didn’t show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice.


And shoot his dog. You forgot that part.


16 posted on 10/04/2011 6:06:00 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: DManA

Whatever happened to witches, ghosts and goblins? How did Halloween come to be a day to celebrate knife-wielding serial killers?


17 posted on 10/04/2011 6:06:16 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: TSgt
I’m surprised a SWAT team didn’t show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice.

You forgot "shoot the dog" and "taser Grandma"... ;-)

18 posted on 10/04/2011 6:13:04 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Hatteras

“Whatever happened to witches, ghosts and goblins?”

There is a % of the population that wants those decorations banned as well. I see it as “to each his own” moment. No, I don’t like realistic looking decorations like this (and we wouldn’t trick or treat at this house). However, he owns the property and pays the taxes on it. It isn’t any different to me then a neighbor who puts a noose on a tree. He got a visit from the local cops who said it was “racially offensive”. Thought police start with small incidents and then they go wild with restrictions IMHO.


19 posted on 10/04/2011 6:18:13 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: lwd

I get a kick out of halloween, it’s cool driving around to see the neat creativity people do around their houses. Not far from me a guy decorates his entire yard and top of his house each year. What I can’t figure out is where he stores all his stuff. His theme is usually a toxic waste facility with marked 50 gallon drums and zombies.....LOL!


20 posted on 10/04/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: MrB

As it is currently celebrated, Halloween is the perfect liberal holiday. What other holiday features the unilateral giving of gifts with the implied threat of violence?


21 posted on 10/04/2011 6:33:47 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: jmcenanly

Great observation.

And, another liberal facet: the celebration of the ability to act irresponsibly without consequences by concealing your identity.


22 posted on 10/04/2011 6:35:44 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MEGoody
So you'd be okay if someone put up a display of graphic sex in their front yard?

I'm confused. What does graphic sex have to do with Halloween?

23 posted on 10/04/2011 6:44:50 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: DManA

Same here...hate it. Especially the obligatory work parties and costume contests. People just get weird and stupid. One year, one of the HR people dressed as a pregnant nun. How is this ok in the new ‘diverse and open’ workplace?


24 posted on 10/04/2011 6:45:35 AM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: SunTzuWu
"I'm confused. What does graphic sex have to do with Halloween?"

What does a guy getting run over by a lawn tractor have to do with Halloween?

25 posted on 10/04/2011 6:49:05 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: COBOL2Java; tsg
You forgot "shoot the dog" and "taser Grandma"... ;-)

And burn the house to the ground

26 posted on 10/04/2011 6:51:36 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: TSgt

“I’m surprised a SWAT team didn’t show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice”

Oh and shoot his dog!


27 posted on 10/04/2011 6:53:54 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make mankind into God but to put God into men!)
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To: momtothree

MomToThree is a better conservative than most of those on this site. Too many freepers are just fine w/ censorship, intolerance & govt restrictions on liberty as long as their expressions, displays & religious beliefs aren’t the ones targeted.


28 posted on 10/04/2011 6:54:36 AM PDT by RC51
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To: Hatteras

Are you being serious? That’s a nice strawman decoration you got there.


29 posted on 10/04/2011 6:55:23 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: SunTzuWu
I'm confused. What does graphic sex have to do with Halloween?

:::sigh::: It has to do with putting whatever you feel like on public display even if it is in your own yard. (But I suspect you know that.)

So. . .if you are okay with this display because it is on the homeowner's property, would you also be okay with a display of graphic sex?

30 posted on 10/04/2011 6:56:08 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: lwd

I can see why a concerned person called authorities; I imagine it looks somewhat realistic as one is driving by. Not my idea of Halloween decor, and wouldn’t take my kids to that house. But it’s the guy’s choice how he decorates his own yard.


31 posted on 10/04/2011 6:56:22 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: Hatteras
What does a guy getting run over by a lawn tractor have to do with Halloween?

It should be a safety display all summer, don't drink a six pack before getting on the mower.

32 posted on 10/04/2011 7:05:24 AM PDT by cotton
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To: MEGoody

I’m “OK” with it because it’s Halloween.


33 posted on 10/04/2011 7:07:01 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Hatteras

You haven’t seen the movies, obviously! ;-P

Halloween has become the holiday of “disturbing”. What used to be a masquerade is now a gore-fest.


34 posted on 10/04/2011 7:09:32 AM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: MEGoody
if you are okay with this display because it is on the homeowner's property

Since you're not, is it safe to assume you would also be opposed santa and frosty the snowman lawn ornaments during December?

35 posted on 10/04/2011 7:12:56 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Since you're not

Since I'm not what?

If you are asking if I am in favor of people putting graphic displays in their front yard for all to see, the answer is no. I'm also not in favor of government dictating what a person can display on their own property.

I AM in favor of neighbors banding together to set such an idiot straight.

So how about you?

36 posted on 10/04/2011 7:30:15 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SunTzuWu
I’m “OK” with it because it’s Halloween.

So since it is Halloween, your neighbor can put up a graphic display of sex as long as it is between two people with pointy black hats on. Got it.

37 posted on 10/04/2011 7:31:36 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: RC51

I have seen how a small “restriction” turns into a massive one, RC51! Think about it... years back, work places started restricting smoking inside. Most (including me) were in favor of that. However, it didn’t take THAT long to have smoking restricted from apartments, parks, on school property, hospital property, beaches, parking lots etc... That is just one example of many on how the “frog” was initially put into the pot. I know firsthand how HEATED our civic association meeting became over religious manger scenes. Typical liberal/PC words like, “insensitive, intolerant, separation of Church and state, blah, blah, blah were used. One neighbor actually wanted an “agreement” that only white lights/candles could be used in the windows and NO CHRISTMAS TREE should be visible to the public via a window.

This isn’t the only example that I have witnessed. A nearby Baptist Church displays (once a year) small, white crosses on its lawn to represent the nameless, aborted babies. The PUBLIC OUTRAGE used the same terms: insensitive, intolerant, separation of Church and state etc. My point is even if a display on private property isn’t something WE like or would do, if enough people want a RESTRICTION then whatever you use will be up to scrutiny. The Halloween prop dummy under a lawnmower will quickly turn into all manger scenes, crosses, Christmas trees etc... within a short amount of time. IMHO.


38 posted on 10/04/2011 7:41:33 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Genoa
Here's one from 2009

And another from 2005

39 posted on 10/04/2011 7:44:57 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: momtothree

Great post Mom to Three.

The same so-called Conservatives will howl when Nativities and Menorahs are outlawed but it’s fine for them to advocate banning Halloween displays. I know, I know, Halloween is Satanic and Christmas is quite the opposite. Right. It doesn’t matter.

Who cares if he puts this silly decoration out at any time of year? Although I suspect that if the authorities keep getting called they might have grounds to start charging for false alarms, kind of like if a house alarm keeps going off.


40 posted on 10/04/2011 7:45:47 AM PDT by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I’m with you. Everyone in town knows we try to make our house the scariest, so they all bring their kids. We don’t do anything ‘graphic’. Fog coming out a caldron with skulls in it and spooky music. A skeletal guy in the darkened 2nd floor window with a cape and flowing robes and a strobe light. A trash can that has a hydraulic monster that jumps up when I hit the button. But the thing the kids like most is my husband comes from around the back of the house to chase them away in his gorilla suit. They know it’s coming and still get scared. And the times he couldn’t do it, they were disappointed and asked about it. Last year we really freaked them out, because we had TWO gorillas. The next morning I have to go out and pick up all the spilled candy from the kids running away. LOL!


41 posted on 10/04/2011 7:49:10 AM PDT by texas_mrs (Heartless Conservative & Native Texan)
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To: MEGoody

What is your hang up with sex? It has nothing to do with Halloween. It had nothing to do with the article posted. What it is is a massive straw man built around your own obsession. For God’s sake man, get a grip.


42 posted on 10/04/2011 7:50:47 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: MEGoody

one is predominantly considered “scary” and one just obscene.

the latter probably also has local and/or state obscenity laws against it unless you’re in San Francisco.


43 posted on 10/04/2011 7:55:32 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: GatorGirl

Oh, I agree. If it was me, I would figure if one person thought it was real then more would. Why burden law enforcement with coming to the house repeatedly. People who want to avoid Halloween for religious reasons can go to their Church for a “Harvest” celebration or simply not answer their door to trick or treaters. I know several religions do that and I support their choice and faith. However, I wish they would support a person’s definition of fun by hanging up a ghost or allowing their kids to trick or treat.

Halloween IMHO is not satanic. A person is satanic in their actions and deeds. More satanism occurs everyday... in ONE day at the local abortion clinic than in any Halloween display. A clinic with painted white walls and gleaming floors contains more evil than any holiday prop. (may be a side note but that is how I feel)


44 posted on 10/04/2011 8:01:29 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: texas_mrs

“Everyone in town knows we try to make our house the scariest...”

Those who want a good scare, come to your house. Those who object can stay home or go to another house. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to “object” to your spooky music or your gorilla. (wish I lived near you... we’d come!)


45 posted on 10/04/2011 8:04:44 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: lwd

I’m amazed at the number of posters in favor of censoring this.

Did somebody change the web site to Uptight-Stick-In-The-Mud-God-Forbid-Someone-Have-Fun Republic while I wasn’t looking?


46 posted on 10/04/2011 8:10:30 AM PDT by Augie
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To: DManA

It’s my birthday

It was fun as a child


47 posted on 10/04/2011 8:20:21 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: Beelzebubba
Isn’t the bleedin’ holiday 4 weeks away?

Our local Wally World has had rows upon rows of candy and 'decorations' up since Labor Day......and yesterday, I saw that one end of the store is all Christmas gear.

48 posted on 10/04/2011 8:22:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: momtothree
Those who want a good scare, come to your house. Those who object can stay home or go to another house.

Haha! When a car pulls up in front of the house, I'm watching throught the blinds and hit the fog button. Sometimes that makes them come spilling out and running towards the door, other times they actually hit the gas and speed away!
49 posted on 10/04/2011 8:23:30 AM PDT by texas_mrs (Heartless Conservative & Native Texan)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; TheMom; thackney

This looks somewhat familiar ping.


50 posted on 10/04/2011 8:27:50 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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