Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stratford Hauntings

A Halloween haunted house in Stratford has become a mansion of terror for its owners and town officials. Joyce Mounajed and Jennifer Cervero's annual outdoor Halloween display was intended to give visitors to their East Main Street home a frightening thrill, but a ghoulish hanging character scared some townsfolk enough to shout in protest.

When Rev. Johnny Gamble, of Friendship Baptist Church in Stratford, happened to pass by the house last Saturday, he saw red. He called police and then confronted the homeowners. Gamble was so outraged by the hanging man, which he interpreted as a representation of the lynching of an African-American man, that he promised to organize a "massive protest" in front of the home if it wasn't removed. Mayor James R. Miron, Police Chief John Buturla and other community leaders met with Mounajed and Cervero and convinced them to take down the hanging man. The women insisted the character was just meant to provide some Halloween fun and did not depict any racial group. They removed the figure from the noose and moved it to the steps of the house, where it sits with a bloody knife through its heart. Since this incident hit the national news, the family has been harassed and threatened.

Halloween displays like this have sparked controversy across the country. Some homeowners take the decorations down yet others defend their right to keep them up. What do you think?


Larry said...

I would probably take thenm down.I think that cries of racism have been taken way to far in some circumstances. It certainly still exists but the phrase is used too often.

Anonymous said...

Time passes with you truly, I'm sure! Could this grow to be potential to obtain your website interpreted straight into German? British will be my 2nd expressions.
My web-site - Home Remedies For Genital Warts

Anonymous said...

Dang, I merely moved into an extended as well as detailed
review, when I used so that you can submit them my own Industry crashed.

Maybe it was somehow kept or maybe should i remodel them?
Visit my page - Treat Genital Warts

Anonymous said...

Hello my family member! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with approximately all important infos.
I'd like to peer more posts like this .

Here is my web page Imperial Beach genital warts treatment

Anonymous said...

hi!,I really like your writing very much! proportion we communicate extra about your
post on AOL? I need a specialist in this space to resolve my problem.
Maybe that is you! Looking ahead to peer you.

My web-site - Sexy Muscle Worship []