A Ohio couple pulled a prank so cruel, even the police are in shock.
Sandusky police have charged 29-year-old Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette, his fiance, with inducing panic. Officials say they faked Schlette’s murder. Then, they sent pictures of the “bloody crime scene” to Risner’s family members.
According to Fox Cleveland, Sandusky cops say they received two different calls that were major cause for alarm. The callers said that Risner had brutally murdered Schlette.
One of the callers even said they’d seen photos of the crime scene. They appeared to be of Schlette’s dead body in the couple’s bathtub, all covered in blood.
John Orzech, Sandusky police chief, said the photo he saw really looked real. He noted that at first glance, it looks like a photo of a real crime scene, noting:
“It looked like someone had been murdered or could have been self-inflicted.”
Along with the gruesome image, Risner texted his sister Mimi that he wasn’t sure what happened.
“Please help me! I really didn’t mean to. I don’t remember,” he wrote. “We was arguing and I woke up to this.”
A panicked Mimi asked her brother if Schlette was dead.
Instead of answering, Risner told his sister to come by and get him.
Unaware that a crime hadn’t actually been committed, Mimi agreed to pick up her brother and also seemingly texted him instructions on how to cover up the faux murder.
“Take your clothes and throw them in a dumpster far away,” she wrote in one text, telling him in another message to delete his texts.
When police did arrive to the couple’s home, Schlette was alive and well and told authorities that it was a hoax. Risner also confirmed that the murder photo was not real. He used ketchup to resemble blood and then placed a knife next to his Schlette.
Cops said Risner sent the photo to family members because he was trying to get his sister to come over to his house because she allegedly owed him money.
“They created a scenario in someone’s mind that something really bad happened,” Orzech said. “The lesson for them is that they have to be accountable for their actions.”