Couple faked murder scene with ketchup to prank friends


A man has caused panic among his friends after faking a murder scene in a bathtub by pouring ketchup all over his fiancee and then sending a photo around saying he had killed her.

Police were called to the home of Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette in Sandusky, Ohio on Thursday night after getting calls from three ‘hysterical’ friends of the couple reporting the so-called murder.

Officers showed up to the couple’s home and discovered that the scene in their bathtub had been staged as a practical joke.

Both Risner and Schlette were arrested and charged with inducing panic.  

Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette were arrested at their home in Sandusky, Ohio on Thursday night after they staged a murder scene with ketchup as a practical joke  

Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette were arrested at their home in Sandusky, Ohio on Thursday night after they staged a murder scene with ketchup as a practical joke  

Police were called to the home of Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette in Sandusky, Ohio on Thursday night after getting calls from three 'hysterical' people reporting the so-called murder

Police were called to the home of Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette in Sandusky, Ohio on Thursday night after getting calls from three ‘hysterical’ people reporting the so-called murder

Police Sergeant Dawn Allen told the Sandusky Register that while it might have been funny to the couple, it wasn’t a joke to police.

‘She got into the bathtub, and they put ketchup all over to make it look like he murdered her,’ Allen said. 

‘He started sending the picture and texting that he did it.

‘We had three people calling in hysterical not knowing what was going on.’

Risner had even posted a status on Facebook to make his friends believe the prank saying the police had been to see him and that he had ‘messed up’.

Risner had poured ketchup over his fiancee in the bathtub before sending the photo around to friends on Thursday night saying he had killed her

Risner had poured ketchup over his fiancee in the bathtub before sending the photo around to friends on Thursday night saying he had killed her

Risner had even posted a status on Facebook to make his friends believe the prank saying the police had been to see him and that he had 'messed up'

Risner had even posted a status on Facebook to make his friends believe the prank saying the police had been to see him and that he had ‘messed up’

‘No point running and making things worse. I messed up and did some things I shouldn’t have. But now I have to face the consequences of my actions,’ he wrote.

‘If I could turn back time, I’m not sure I would change things cause at least I know I did what I thought needed to be done at the time and I’m ok with that.’ 

He wrote that his family and friends probably wouldn’t make it to the house before police took him away but he would ‘appreciate’ if they would stick by him no matter what.  

‘I’m gonna miss every single one of you that I knew and that treated me like family. I love you all so much,’ he wrote.

‘I promise to get better and do better, especially because this isn’t real and you should post it as your status and see how many people actually read stuff till the end before they fall for it.’ 

The couple couldn’t be reached for comment. They pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday. 

Both Risner and Schlette (above) were arrested and charged with inducing panic after police realized the bathroom scene had been staged

Both Risner and Schlette (above) were arrested and charged with inducing panic after police realized the bathroom scene had been staged



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