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'Extreme haunted house' will not move to McLeansboro, IL

Pepople agree to be gagged, tied up, and force fed. (Source: Russ McKayme) Pepople agree to be gagged, tied up, and force fed. (Source: Russ McKayme)
(Source: Russ McKayme) (Source: Russ McKayme)
The site no longer being used in McLeansboro, Ill. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) The site no longer being used in McLeansboro, Ill. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
MCLEANSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

San Diego’s world renowned "extreme haunted house" will not be relocating to the Midwest, according to the owner.

Russ McKayme who runs McKayme Manor, where visitors agree to what some call borderline torture, said he received too much backlash from the small Illinois town and will no longer be moving there.

“They got too crazy for me,” McKayme said. 

We first told you about the plans to move to McLeansboro, Illinois in July. McLeansboro is a southern Illinois city with a population of less than 3,000, and is the Hamilton County seat. 

After word of McKayme relocating, the controversy grew as the chosen site received threats, protesters, and was vandalized. 

Opposition to the haunted house have created a petition to end McKayme Manor and the people of McLeansboro have even started a Facebook page against it.

McKayme said there is too much at stake, including half a million dollars in equipment and a television show. He said he didn’t want to scare away the show’s producers.

“Just the pure ugliness of it,” McKayme said. 

In the mean time, he said the McLeansboro property owner, Patricia Irvin, is holding $35,000 worth of his equipment. McKayme said he filed a lawsuit, but Irvin said she’s never been served. She also would not confirm or deny whether the equipment is being held. 

“For my sake right now, I’m not going to comment on that equipment right now,” Irvin said. “I got shafted... It’s just that simple. I got shafted.”

“From what I can gather, that’s a civil matter,” Irvin said. “That man let me take all the heat and all the hurt.”

Irvin said she has had continued backlash from the townspeople since she agreed to let McKayme Manor come in. 

“I know I was naïve,” Irvin said. “The way I was taught is when you shake a man’s hand, it’s your word.”

In the mean-time, Russ McKayme said he has found a new location for his extreme haunt and it will likely be on the West Coast. 

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