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Jordan MorlanLOUISVILLE, KY - A 16-year-old died on Sunday after trying to pull a Halloween prank and accidentally hanged himself in his front yard.

Jordan Morlan had spent all day Sunday hanging up Halloween decorations, when he decided to scare his little sister by pretending to be hanging from a noose he’d put in a tree in the front yard. His stunt worked a little too well.

According to the coroner, Morlan became disoriented after the noose cut off oxygen to his brain within 20 to 30 seconds and, as he’d planned, his little sister found him hanging from the tree. She alerted their mother, who was rushed outside but was unable to cut her son down. What a friggin’ nightmare.

Morlan was rushed to the hospital in a coma and placed on a ventilator until his organs began failing. He died 12 hours later. LMPD homicide detectives have determined Morlan’s death was a tragic accident.

Morlan’s mother said her son, a sophomore honor student at Fern Creek High School, loved to play pranks and loved Halloween. She went to the media with the story of her son’s death in hopes of saving other kids.

We’ve reported on similar stories, including one in 2011 where a 17-year-old accidentally hanged herself with a noose while working inside a Halloween attraction. Fortunately, she survived.

In 1990, Brian Jewell accidentally hanged himself while scaring people at a haunted hayride. Many patrons who were driven past the dead teen were unaware that it was a stunt that had gone wrong.

In 2001, Caleb Rebh did the same thing at a Michigan haunted hayride. Witnesses first thought he was joking as he frantically tried to remove the rope. By time they realized he wasn’t, he choked to death with his feet on the ground.

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  • Texas Ranger

    It’s not even fucking OCTOBER!! Geez, enough with the Halloween bullshit. Good job dude, you just really fucked up your sister….and oh yeah…your dead too. Not a thing different then pointing a loaded gun at yourself.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ValkyreZiege Valkyrie Ziege

    ; Hallowe’en isn’t for thirty-six more days, why the rush?

  • https://www.facebook.com/ValkyreZiege Valkyrie Ziege

    ; Hallowe’en isn’t for thirty-six more days, why the rush?

  • https://www.facebook.com/tracy.boswelldavidson Tracy Boswell Davidson

    I live in Louisville and I can’t believe I missed this? It must not have received much coverage here. How awful.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tracy.boswelldavidson Tracy Boswell Davidson

    I live in Louisville and I can’t believe I missed this? It must not have received much coverage here. How awful.

  • https://www.facebook.com/phillip.chung.77 Phillip Chung

    Wtf?

  • https://www.facebook.com/phillip.chung.77 Phillip Chung

    Wtf?

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.m.mann1 Lisa Marie Mann

    so sad

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.m.mann1 Lisa Marie Mann

    so sad

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Hanging: It’s not just for Halloween anymore…

  • https://www.facebook.com/georgia.meyer1 Georgia Meyer

    His poor family. Terrible.

  • Tainted Trixter

    Her eyebrows…. … .. .

  • VenusDoom3

    Hey, kids! Don’t stick your head in a noose unless you mean it.

  • Jubilex

    David Carradine would remind you that in cases of accidental hanging – it’s always better to be found with your pants *up*

  • https://www.facebook.com/thegoodsoldier Fin Del Mundo

    hanged – hung, it gets me every time. poor kid was just trying to have a bit of fun.

  • Prominent Prozac

    She’s going to the media..Hoping to save lives..What is her line? “Don’t be an idiot..it kills”

  • Buffettgirl

    Shit – I saw CHRISTMAS decorations at the grocery three days ago!

  • Buffettgirl

    This is really very sad. Yes, it was idiotic beyond measure, but, he’s 16, it’s kind of his job to be an idiot isn’t it? I can name 50 boys that would have done the same thing at that age, my brothers included, if it would have scared the shit out of me…

  • https://www.facebook.com/shauna.smith.54 Shauna Smith

    Omg so tragic!

  • https://www.facebook.com/dukerichards Duke Richards

    Damn kids always hanging around

  • Andyman

    16 is a tough age. I didn’t stop doing stupid shit until at least 25. Luckily never this stupid though. RIP Jordan

  • CT

    I shouldn’t have laughed as hard as I did over this comment. Well done.

  • tkaz

    Do you frequent Dlisted? MK is obsessed with eyebrows…

  • tkaz

    I’m still shocked the guys I went to high school with are still alive… pure luck.

  • tkaz

    Did you know we’re technically adolescents until we’re 25? So our brain isn’t done developing & we’re basically stupid until then.
    Me included..but I’m female & people expect better of a 24 yr old female. :P

  • Tainted Trixter

    No I do not. I just find something upsetting about her eyebrows.

  • Buffettgirl

    I know! I just went to my 25 year reunion (first one I attended) and there are a few that have died along the way, a couple of them in the stupid ways one could have predicted, but the majority are still kicking, and even might be called responsible… weird! ;-)

  • JohnQknowitall

    There are two ways to do this trick properly and one is still fucking dangerous, the other requires extensive safety equipment. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.

  • tkaz

    Well, they ARE upsetting.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Only 3 days ago? Labor day was 24 days ago.

  • tkaz

    Speaking of reunions, my 20 is next year & because of FB I have NO DESIRE to go. I know what all my old classmates are up to. No need to pay $70 for a piece of dry chicken!
    My cousins too…they’re male, they’re criminal drug addicts & yet, they’re still on this Earth. Luck. It’s gotta be luck.

  • Buffettgirl

    Boo! ;)

  • Jessie

    Thats why car rental and insurance companies drop prices at that age…

  • Malodorous

    That poor little sister; now she’ll have to finish growing up without her older brother hanging around, constantly terrorizing her. I hope she adjusts.

  • Jessie

    Haha “hanging around”- I see what you did there. Nice.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    Never stuck my head in a noose, never had a desire to stick my head in a noose, REGARDLESS of the whole INXS thing.

  • MaricelaAlvrz

    seriously! isn’t that like common sense?!

  • Lena60

    How sad for this family. Iam not even romotely going to make any sort of joke or pun in this case. It hits way to close to home :( What a nightmare for the mom and especially for the little sister.

  • Leasha

    What eyebrows??

  • https://www.facebook.com/olivia.dell.73 Olivia Dell

    I can’t even get myself to read the whole story. So sad.

  • Leasha

    So how old was his little sister? That’s a not a prank, it’s fucking sick to do that to a kid. Natural selection. Darwin Award for this kid. And he was an honor roll student? In the 90s, the honor roll meant you did well academically and showed you were smart. I’d say this kid is not.. er, was not.

  • Buffettgirl

    I didn’t really want to go to mine, and I missed on purpose 10, 15 & 20. But this one was actually fun! And it was so much fun showing up with my tatted up, former sniper, current MC member boyfriend on his choppered out Harley. You see, in high school I was a a good girl, wore Laura Ashley & Bennetton, never did more than make out with a boy, never got in too much trouble, you know what I mean. The dropped jaws were SO worth making the effort to go! ;D

  • shopaholic

    She’s a he

  • Buffettgirl

    Not the one with no eyebrows… thus the “Her”

  • tkaz

    I went to my 10. I was a new mother & SO HAPPY to have a drink & socialize. :)
    I’m kind of sort of still the goody-two-shoes I was in HS…. :P Looks like I need to turn it up a notch!!

  • shopaholic

    Aaah. Did not watch the video. Tweezer abuse is horrifying.

  • Buffettgirl

    It was a lot like how Sandy changed at the end of Grease… God that was fun now that I really think about it! ;)

  • Buffettgirl

    Sorry if that sounded snarky, I’m in one of those moods where I find me hilarious but those around me would be happy to strangle me… it happens from time to time. ;)

  • tkaz

    It only counts if you and your former classmates broke out in song!

  • shopaholic

    No no. You were fine. Video doesn’t come up on my phone. And I thought his eyebrows were a bit troubling as well

  • Buffettgirl

    Where you there? Is it on YouTube somewhere? Shit, now I’m scared! ;-P

  • Buffettgirl

    OK – and yes, tweezer abuse IS horrifying! (so said the chick that carries them in her pocket… hmmm, at least I have normal looking eyebrows!)

  • glitterpuss

    They look like they’re trying to run away from each other

  • WarriorArtemis

    That shit is horrible :( poor kid, poor mom. Dammit kids should learn not to do stupid shit like that.

  • 18th40

    Yeah…you really went flat on the last chorus…..the rest was good though…even the part where you fell off the table…

  • 18th40

    You had to huh ?

  • Buffettgirl

    If you only knew how damn funny that part about me being flat is! When I was in high school girls were required to take choir. For our final exam we had to go up to the teacher one by one and he’d play a selection from one of the songs we’d learned over the year and we had to start singing from where ever he started playing. When it was my turn, he told me “It’s OK, you can just mouth the words.” That is how tone deaf I am! Poor man didn’t get paid enough to have to listen to that shit and I could tell he felt bad about saying it too! And I didn’t FALL off the table, I was PUSHED! ;D

  • Carl Ricco

    IDIOT.

  • Carl Ricco

    you know 50 kids that would have accidently hanged themselves? you must know a lot of smart people.

  • Carl Ricco

    HANGING AROUND. Top Comment right here folks.

  • Buffettgirl

    So you never knew anyone that would have pulled a dumb ass stunt to try and scare a sibling?

  • WTFOMGLOL

    *sigh* KIDIOTS. you never know what they’re going to do next. but what a horrible story. :(

  • SicktoDeath

    I seriously don’t understand you people. So many comments saying that this kid deserved to die and calling him an idiot. You’re all so fucking insensitive. Can you imagine the pain that this family is going through, how sad his friends are? He was just goofing around, trying to play a prank. He’s not an idiot, he’s a fucking kid, and you sit there behind your keyboard being a judgemental asshole with no regard for other people.

  • SicktoDeath

    Fuck you. You think you know this kid? You think because he was playing a prank on his sister, that makes him stupid and he deserved to die? Go fuck yourself, you judgemental piece of shit.

  • SicktoDeath

    Yeah, hanging, like from a noose, HA! Like when his sister found him dead and a mother lost her son, HAHAHA! FUCKING HILARIOUS!

  • Buffettgirl

    You’re new here aren’t you? This is dark humor. We use it to cope with the ugliness in life.

  • Tenbux

    Can’t remember if I’ve said this before..
    I knew someone in highschool who thought fake-hanging himself would be a good prank. Thankfully he mentioned it to me before doing it. I told him that, hell yeah It’d be a good prank! ..Right up until the point that he dies when no one cuts him down because they think he’s just fuckin around.
    This kids an idiot for going through with it, but he didn’t deserve to die over it.

    Remember folks, this is a dumb teenager doing dumb stuff, not a child molester that fed nuns to his pitbulls while burning down orphanages and raping the elderly.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    DD & DL are my two vices.

  • Tainted Trixter

    I understand this is a mistake, I read the responses below. But, it is funnier if I pretend that you knew who I was talking about from the start.

  • tkaz

    Mine too. I don’t visit the comments but I read it religiously.

  • tkaz

    Actually I pretended like I was dead all the time. Oops, I died in my sleep! I know I warped my younger sister for life.
    A-ha! That’s the reason she didn’t put me in her wedding!!!

  • tkaz

    You can always tell the newbies…..the one’s with thick skin stay around longer.

  • shopaholic

    She’s a man baby!

  • Buffettgirl

    I mean really, why the fuck would family members be on here reading this anyway? Shouldn’t they be, oh, I don’t know, GRIEVING? If one my nieces or my nephew had just done something like this I wouldn’t be on the internet trying to see how “famous” they are or anything. I’d be rocking in a corner sucking my thumb and occasionally keening….

  • tkaz

    Yeah….what did grieving people do before the internet? Oh I know…grieve.

  • Scout Kent

    Apparently I should give my brother more credit. We may have annoyed the crap out of each other at times, but it would never have occurred to him that me thinking he was dead would be hilarious.

  • Buffettgirl

    Now you’re just bein’ crazy!

  • Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

    I do and that’s the first thing I noticed.

  • tkaz

    I think the DListed & DD “demographic” are synonymous. Sick sense of humors with a penchant for well groomed brows.

  • Leasha

    You think YOU know this kid? Anyone who tries to scare the shit out of their sister by making her think he’s dead is a fucked up jerk. ANYONE, not just this idiot, who literally hangs themselves for shock value deserves whatever happens because it was a stupid thing to do. And I have a husband to fuck me, thanks. How about you join your friend up there and go play a “prank” by hanging yourself? Fuckin tool.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Er1ks3n John P. Eriksen

    Perhaps there should be a Halloween-time PSA reminding people that the purpose of a noose is to KILL?

  • https://www.facebook.com/emilyclocke Emily Clarke

    This happens every year

  • Tainted Trixter
  • Tainted Trixter

    I probably shouldn’t make fun of a woman who just lost her son…

  • SicktoDeath

    And that’s what I’m talking about. No regard for human life. You want me to die because I’m pointing out how much of a fucking bitch you are. Talking about people deserving death, you self righteous piece of shit. Only a fucking cunt like you would celebrate the death of a teenager doing something stupid, because that’s what teenagers do.

  • dream5546

    You don’t come here much do you?

  • Malodorous

    I’m glad you found it amusing. I try.

  • Tainted Trixter

    I can imagine the pain they are going through, I wouldn’t be surprised if most (if not all) of the people on these boards are capable of empathizing with this situation. Either from personal experiences or just because we are human. I don’t know you, and I’m not judging you.

    There are always going to be people who say things that you don’t like (especially on an internet forum), sometimes the things may be inflammatory to you if it is personal. So they call him an idiot and you don’t like that so you throw out some names of your own. What good does that do? Is it the term that you dislike? You called it a “teenager doing something stupid”, indeed it was a teenager doing something stupid that caused the loss of his life. That meets the definition of idiocy to me, but are semantics really that important at this point? Is what someone says online about someone who died really that important? Is it worth becoming inflammatory yourself?

    As Buffettgirl commented, there is a lot of dark humor here. If you take the horrible things you see here too seriously, too emotionally, or too personally it will eat at you, because there is way too much ugliness in the world. And what is sad is that the stories shown in this place are really just the tip of the iceberg.

    If you know the victim, and you wouldn’t be the first person to find the Dreamin’ Demon because of a story about someone close to you, I give you my condolences I understand what it is like when someone you know dies a tragic death. But forcing yourself to look through stories trying to defend any slander of them will really only make it harder on you. Think about it.

  • Malodorous

    I can’t wait to see his/her reaction when he/she discovers Best Gore. We look like goddamn saints in comparison.

  • Nick

    hmm reminds me… I’m not saying lets go kill all the stupid people…..I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

  • https://www.facebook.com/sherry.sandlin.1 Sherry Edwards Sandlin

    How tragic…terrible :(

  • Leasha

    Yeah, I’m TOTALLY throwing a party and rejoicing just because I don’t pity a moron. I have regard for human life, the ones who don’t do stupid shit like this. I did stupid shit as a teenager too, along with every other teen in existence; look who’s STILL ALIVE! You are a special brand of stupid. Oh, and just so we’re clear, I never said I “wanted you to die”, I simply said since you’re kissing this dead kid’s ass so much, pull his stunt and see what happens to you.. whatever it is, you deserve it if you were dumb enough to try it. Learn to read, fucktard.

  • Carl Ricco

    Not anyone that would have done something dumb enough to get themselves killed…

  • Buffettgirl

    Well look at how special you are. I was even speaking to my Step-Mom about this last night, she being a teacher for 25+ years and all, well, in her opinion I hit the nail on the head, but I’m sure you know better the she does… The point was, he was 16, not fully capable of weighing the risks of what the potential outcomes might have been. Like all 16 year old boys. He thought he was being funny when in reality he was risking his life and sadly he ended up losing his life. The same sort of thing a lot of macho young men pumped full of testosterone do that ends badly because they didn’t consider the consequences clearly. But go ahead a be a jerk to me about it. Clearly you are in the minority when it comes to what I said.

  • Carl Ricco

    I’m not being a jerk, I’m saying. All the kids I hung around with are still alive and have not had any debilitating or horrible injuries, because we had intelligence to know certain things could cause death. If this was that common, we’d hear a ton more kids dying because they were trying to prank someone by hanging themselves. It’s not a common thing because kids generally have the ability to stay alive once they get to that age. I’m 32. I haven’t died by accidentally hanging myself.

  • Buffettgirl

    Did anyone I know hang themselves as a prank? No. I merely meant they would have done stupid shit to get a reaction out of people not realizing how much in danger they actually put themselves. Like my friend that got his license and car on the same day and went out and drove 107 mph down a twisty road to prove what a badass he was. He’d have been dead had he blown a tire or something. Or when my brother didn’t check how low the river was, swung out on the rope swing and broke his foot because the river was lower than he thought it “should” be, he could have broken his neck had the river been any lower than it was. I suppose I should have said I can name 50 boys that would have done the same KIND of thing… but I really didn’t think it was necessary and if you read the rest of what was said in response, it’s pretty damn clear the conversation wasn’t just about hanging oneself.

  • Carl Ricco

    we did tons of stupid things, too, but not putting a noose around our necks. that’s outlandishly stupid. being a daring teenager and an idiot who won’t make it past 16 are clearly different things.

  • Buffettgirl

    Whatever. You just want to debate semantics and I’m not in the mood. I’d rather go vacuum the lawn thanks…

  • Carl Ricco

    No semantics. Kids that do something like this are weeded out from the world. Plain and simple.It’s a good thing.

  • Buffettgirl

    Well I don’t see it quite that way, I had two older brothers, they did dumb shit all of the time to scare my older sister and me (four kids in four years, we’re close in age). Hell, we even ended up setting a sauna on the rooftop of a hotel in Johannesburg, SA on fire once because the boys scared us girls so badly by banging on the roof of the sauna that when my sister and I ran out we tipped over the coals without knowing it. We could have burned down an entire hotel and people could have died or been seriously injured. Would they or us have deserved to die over a prank? I don’t think so. I feel sorry for the family and friends of this kid…

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    I don’t see it quite that way either, as a thriving 31-year-old. I was an exceedingly responsible teen, and I can think of a couple of things that could have gotten me killed. Not a ton, and none as direct as an accidental hanging. But pre-frontal lobes are still marvelously underdeveloped at that age. Behavior at 16 is not a good indicator of what kind of adult you will turn out to be.

  • captaingrumpy

    Are people ASSUMING he was trying to pull a prank ,because a lot of things could have happened.

  • JGo555

    Great, now I have to watch DH while he builds Halloween shit too. As if watching the kids wasn’t enough!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Well aren’t you just a special fuckin snowflake?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    *facepalm*

    I vote you mayor of Doucheville.

  • Carl Ricco

    Oh do you? Do you?! OMG! Yes! Maybe you’re just dumb, but kids doing things to get themselves killed is natural selection.

  • fratdawgg23

    It didn’t occur to me to put myself in a noose. No wonder my younger brother was not amused with his noose LoL

    Very sad for the boy’s family, ughh.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    And you being a giant douche and getting killed for it is ALSO natural selection, sweetheart!

  • Savanah

    I was thinking the same thing. I was on honor roll and taking advanced classes at that age, the whole shebang, but I was smart enough to know that uh hanging yourself is stupid and will kill you? Duh. I also knew people at that age that would hold their breath until they passed out and I personally never thought that it was “cool” or a good idea. :/
    Edit: I’m not saying the kid deserved to die, but it was a really dumb idea. Think things through a little first.

  • Carl Ricco

    is that a threat? haha. dumb broads.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    A threat? Nope. Unlike you, I’m not a keyboard terrorist. I don’t threaten people over the internet. That’s just silly.