Jaycees have been hoarding body parts since March

NEIGHBORS

October 13, 1994|By MICHELLE HOFFMAN

In an abandoned building at 58 Warehouse Ave. in Taneytown, a secret cache of body parts -- arms, legs, heads and various organs -- was uncovered by a local teen-ager yesterday.

The youth, who asked not to be identified, made his gruesome discovery while walking home from work.

Lightning-like flashes of light called his attention to one of the boarded-up windows.

The details are too gruesome to elaborate.

The warehouse is owned by the Taneytown Jaycees, who use it every October for their Haunted Barn. For the rest of the year, the building is vacant.

Neighbors have complained that terrifying noises and unusual activity have disturbed their sleep periodically. During the day there have been no disturbances -- until now.

This morning, the Jaycees claimed responsibility for the gruesome scene, saying they had been hoarding body parts since March.

Their evil secret uncovered, the community now knows what to expect at this year's Haunted Barn.

The building should be condemned as a fright zone. Instead, the Jaycees will open the doors and welcome visitors to tour their hair-raising, bone-chilling, 13-room museum of the macabre beginning tonight.

More than 12,000 souls are expected to pass through the halls of "hell" today and tomorrow, and Oct. 20 through 22 and 24 through 31. Hours of operation are 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; and on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. until the last terrified victim escapes.

Your $5 admission fee will allow the Jaycees to terrorize you to their hearts' content. The Jaycees say they'll "scare the yell out of you!"

The community should be warned that some of the Jaycees' experiments went awry. Beware of the undead and shrouded specters that lurk in the shadows, waiting . . . waiting . . .

Tonight, Cougar Michaels from radio station Country FM108 will operate a three-hour live remote as part of the opening night festivities.

If you have a group you want to lead into the darkness, Thursday nights are best. Discount tickets of $4 per person for 20 or more people will allow you a special viewing. You must call ahead to get the discount rate.

On Oct. 29, children who come in costume will receive free admission with an adult guardian, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.

The Haunted Barn is behind the Country Kitchen Restaurant off Route 140 in Taneytown.

Follow the signs -- if you dare.

Information: 756-2276, 756-4151, 751-1558, 756-4575.

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The Taneytown Jaycees have been doing a lot of renovations to their Haunted Barn this year in preparation for opening night.

According to haunted barn Chairman Kegan Brauning, work began in March when the roof was retarred and the bridge in the lagoon room was torn out and rebuilt.

The catwalk at the top of the slide was removed and rebuilt. If one looks toward the roof at the back of the building, the exposed wood can be seen easily.

Wooden beams in the ceiling of the lagoon room were replaced with metal beams to give the floor above more stability.

"We replaced a couple of walls, too," said Mr. Brauning.

A new fire alarm system, including emergency lighting, and new emergency exits were also installed.

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