Fans of St. Louis’ “The Darkness” haunted attraction may be disappointed next year if a St. Louis judge rules in favor of an Anchorage man’s $1 million wrongful death lawsuit. According to lawyer Samuel Wendt, 15-year-old Brittney Holmes, the man’s daughter, visited The Darkness on Halloween in 2009 and died on Nov. 12, 2010 after spending a year in a vegetative state. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week. Brittney lived with her mother, Vanessa Neal, in Belleville, Illinois. Her mother had already filed a personal injury lawsuit against Halloween Productions, Inc. in St. Louis in April. Both lawsuits allege that Brittney’s health deteriorated after being exposed to artificial fog.
This case raises questions about the culpability and safety of haunted attractions, which are visited by tens of thousands of people in Illinois every year. The victim, who suffered from asthma and several allergies, walked through The Darkness (billed as “America’s scariest haunted house”) despite posted signs warning that people with respiratory problems should not go inside.
More details on the lawsuit can be found here at STLtoday.com