The Halloween decorations at a home where a teenager murdered his mum and sisters in Kent County, Michigan, featured fake bloody handprints and “Help Us” written in red
A Halloween display at a house where a teenager murdered his family has been taken down after it was slammed as “disgusting” and “inappropriate”.
The display at a home in Walker, Michigan had silhouettes, red handprints and “Help Us” written in red paint on a door and three headstones surrounded by police tape.
It also featured fake bloody handprints on the front window and an evidence marker next to a baseball bat.
The house is where Jon Siesling, then 17, killed his mum Sharon Siesling, 42, and sisters Katelin, 15, and Leah, six, in a baseball bat and knife attack in January 2003.
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Kathy Gordon, who went to school with Katelin , told MLive the “truly unacceptable” display made her “want to vomit”.
The homeowner, who was named only as Amanda in the report, said the home had been in her family for decades and her children grew up there.
Amanda said her family had rented the home to the murder victims and were friends, she said.
She described the triple murder as a “Walker legend”.
People often drive by, slow down and point at the house, and some even yell when they pass by, she added.
Amanda said: “We know some people might look at [it] and say, ‘Oh my God, oh my God’.
“This is my way of saying, ‘We are well aware. Stop screaming at us when you’re driving past my house.’”
Social media users slammed the display.
One person wrote on Facebook : “It is completely disgusting and inappropriate.
“This woman can find another way to honour her family friends who died there.”
Another added: “Dang. If you knew a person or family was slain in that house and you went ahead with that display, there is something wrong with you.”
However, some users defended the decorations.
One wrote: “You can rent the house where Lizzie Borden murdered her entire family with an axe or see the car Bonnie and Clyde were killed in, still covered in blood and riddled with holes.
“The killings that happened at this house were 20 years ago. It’s time to move on.
“The homeowners have a right to decorate for Halloween and even lean into the brutality that happened there. People have a taste for the macabre, let them enjoy it.”
Local media said the decorations had been taken down, with only a few pumpkins remaining.
Jon Siesling is now 36 and serving a life sentence without parole.