Teen shocked as grandpa’s real gravestone used at haunted house
A house of horrors left a 13-year-old German girl with a haunting memory, seeing the real tombstone of her dead grandfather used as entertainment.
The unidentified visitor to Dr. Lehmann’s mansion at the Geiselwind amusement park was visiting the attraction outside Nuremburg this summer when she recognized the stone, according to local reports.
She sent a picture to her grandmother, the 62-year-old widow of her “opa,” who told inFranken.de that it has caused the pain of losing her husband 20 years ago to swell up again.
The widow said that she paid 130 euros ($150) to a stonemason to dispose of the gravestone when she could no longer keep up with payments, but now feels betrayed that the marker of her husband’s life was used as a prop.
Amusement park owner Matthias Mölter said that he took over the site this year and brought in the haunted house, but was not sure where the gravestones came from.
Prosecutors told inFranken that the operator could face at least a $1,000 fine for denigrating the memory of the dead, and that at least one other gravestone used appeared to have also come from a real cemetery.
The stonemason has reportedly given the widow her money back, and the inscriptions on all of the stones are being removed.