The true measure of a good prank is its payoff: a satisfying knee-slapper that ends with smiles all around, no hard feelings, and a pair of blue uniforms slapping the cuffs on the merrymaker. Wait, scratch that last part.
Kingsport, Tennessee, resident Susan Tammy Hudson found herself in a bad way after her morbid April Fools' joke came across as a little too convincing. In 2013, she tried to pull one over on her sister, telling her: "I shot my husband, I'm cleaning up the mess, let's go bury him in Blackwater." Either Hudson's life wasn't exactly marital bliss, or her relatives were born the day after yesterday, because news spread through family like wildfire. One relative apparently took her joke very seriously, and before long, Susan got a visit from Tennessee's finest.
Fortunately for her sake, the end result was nothing more than a little time in a squad car. No charges were pressed after her husband arrived home in un-murdered form. From this point on, though, we suggest a lighter form of humor for Ms. Hudson, at least when pranking her more-naïve kinfolk. As she told one news outlet, at least local PD were no slouches, as their "response was excellent."