Petition seeks to shut down McKamey Manor featured in Netflix's 'Dark Tourist': 'It's a torture chamber in disguise'
The Manor, run by Russ McKamey calls itself 'an extreme haunted experience' where its guests are subjected to various terrifying situations for more than 10 hours. They also have a background check to pass and a 40-page detailed waiver that they have to sign.
A petition has been raised that calls for McKamey Manor to be shut down, calling it a "torture chamber under disguise". The Manor, run by Russ McKamey calls itself "an extreme haunted experience" where its guests are subjected to various terrifying situations for more than 10 hours. The Change.org petition that has so far gained 56,635 signatures says that "they do screenings to find the weakest, most easily manipulated people to do the 'haunt.'"
To enter the "experience", guests have to be eligible for multiple prerequisites including completing a "Sports Physical" and have a doctor's letter stating that they are physically and mentally clear to participate. They also have a background check to pass and a 40-page detailed waiver that they have to sign. The price of admission is a bag of dog food.
"People don't pay money to get in, which is technically the loophole - that they're "doing it for fun" (& its not fun after about 10 minutes of getting duct tape wrapped around your head, forced to eat things, be waterboarded & forced underwater.)," the petition states alleging that the Manor employs workers who have been sex offenders and have violent histories. The Petition also claims that there have been reports of sexual assault at the Manor. "He uses needles to inject people with drugs, forces them to ingest pills/questionable items to force hallucinations also," it says.
Calling it "torture porn", Frankie Towery, who has started the petition pointed out that even though they've brought in a safe word recently, there have been reports that the "torture continues even when people repeat their safeword for several minutes. One man was tortured so badly he passed out multiple times, workers only stopped because they thought they had killed him." McKamey operates two of these attractions in Summertown, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama. The petition also states that McKamey targets those who are easily manipulated.
The Manor that appeared on 'Haunters: The Art of the Scare' as well as Netflix's 'Dark Tourist' is "all about getting the footage" as its owner says. "His payment is having footage of people crying, throwing up, having mental breakdowns and begging for him to let them go," a Redditor said. According to the petition, "Some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help and medical care for extensive injuries."