Pranks gone wrong that accidentally killed people

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Sometimes pranks that people thought would be cool turn out to be cruel, and even occasionally backfire with deadly consequences. It's no laughing matter when someone gets killed in the interest of some innocent fun, but it happens more often than you might think. Here are some horrible incidents where a little mischief turned into tragic mayhem.

Halloween pranks turn fatal

Halloween tricks might be an ordinary part of the holiday's festivities, but for one teen in 2014, the joke went horribly awry when she lost her life as a result of her stunt. Adrian Broadway, a 15-year-old girl from Little Rock, Arkansas, was with her friends toilet-papering, egging, and throwing mayonnaise on a car, in retaliation for a prank someone else had pulled on her group. Unfortunately, a 48-year-old man came out of the house and opened fire on them in their car, killing her and injuring one of her friends. The shooter, Willie Noble, was later sentenced to 30 years in prison for Broadway's death.

A fatal jump-scare

What seemed like an innocent jump-scare became fatal in 2013 when an 18-year-old girl named Premila Lal hid in a closet at her house, knowing that a family friend was there watching over the property. She planned to surprise him by jumping out of the closet, but the housesitter, 21-year-old Nerrek Galley, was packing heat at the time — this despite playing video games with her 15-year-old brother. When he heard the noises of her entry, he grabbed his gun to investigate. Believing her to be an intruder, Galley shot the girl when she opened the door, and she later succumbed to her injuries at an area hospital. No charges were filed against Galley.

Bigfoot suit scares teens into committing manslaughter

There've been a number of hilarious hoaxes orchestrated in the name of Sasquatch, but one man's decision to suit up as Bigfoot to summon a few scares cost him his life. 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley impersonated the elusive beast in 2012 by donning a military-style ghillie suit on the side of Kalispell, Montana's Highway 93, to spook travelers on the road into thinking they'd witnessed the sought-after animal. Instead, he was run over by two teen drivers and died as a result of his injuries.

Never tamper with stop signs

A traffic sign antic in Circleville, Ohio became the site of a horrific crash scene in 2011 after a pair of local teens decided to wrap an intersection's stop sign in plastic and petroleum jelly, rendering it invisible to drivers. The pair — 19-year-old Seth Stonerock and 18-year-old Derek Greenlee — apparently thought their roadside ruse was funny and bragged about it on Facebook. Sadly, two elderly women — 85-year-old Mary Spangler and 81-year-old Jeanne Shea — died after driving past the concealed sign and being struck by another vehicle. Stonerock was sentenced to four years in prison for being the central culprit, while charges were dropped against Greenlee, who claimed he tried to talk his friend out of it.

Ring, run, and die

"Ding, dong, ditch" was a common source of young amusement at one time, but when 16-year-old Mark Drewes engaged in the old door-to-door pastime in Boca Raton, Florida in 2003, it proved to be a deadly game. Drewes was shot to death while walking away from the home of Jay Levin, who claimed he thought Drewes was an armed intruder. Levin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 52 weekends in jail, and ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution to the boy's parents.

The most fatal wedgie

Wedgies might be an ordinary part of childhood roughhousing, but in 2013, an underwear escapade became fatal. During an argument, 33-year-old Brad Lee Davis pulled his 58-year-old stepfather Denver St. Clair's bottoms so far up, the elastic band slipped around his neck and asphyxiated him. Davis claimed that the act was in self-defense and that St. Clair was supposedly insulting Davis' mother, but he was ultimately sentenced to 30 years for first-degree manslaughter for St. Clair's death.

A cop tragically overreacts to a silly prank

In another underwear-related fatality, a group of teens thought it'd be funny to throw their soaked drawers onto a nearby cop car after a late night swim. However, once the officer tracked down the kids later that night, his retaliation involved the use of deadly force. Trooper B.D. Gillespie of West Virginia suited up to exact revenge upon the jokesters and, after engaging in a skirmish with the group, assaulted 18-year-old Timothy Hill with pepper spray, his baton and, ultimately, two rounds from his gun. The boy died as a result of his wounds.

A heart attack in the line of duty

In 2005, five high school students in St. Charles, Illinois took their after-hours hijinks a bit too far. They broke into their school and stole a golf cart with the intention of driving into a campus pond, as others had done before. They were caught in the act and, during a foot pursuit of the young suspects, 53-year-old Sergeant Daniel Paul Figgins suffered a heart attack. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A prank call makes a nurse kill herself

In 2012, the first pregnancy of Duchess Kate Middleton was an international spectacle, especially when she was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London for complications associated with severe morning sickness. Australian radio show hosts Mel Greig and Mike Christian decided call the hospital while impersonating the Queen of England, in order to get details on Middleton's condition. The answering nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, believed them and patched them through to her nurse. A few days later, upon finding out she'd been duped, Saldanha was so humiliated that she took her own life, by hanging herself in the nurse's quarters at work.