Divorce sucks. Ask just about anybody.
She gets the kids and the house, he gets the bills.
38-year-old Sean Allen Jennings decided that wasn’t how it was going to work in his case.
No, no, no. He had a special plan.
On the 7th of October, 2007, Sean Jennings started building a haunted house in the garage for his two kids to enjoy on Halloween.
Sean told his wife, who uses a wheelchair on a regular basis, that he needed her to take a few steps up on a ladder and measure a rope he was planning to use to hang a plastic skeleton from a beam in the garage ceiling. Of course he couldn’t just let her walk into the garage, he needed her to go in blindfolded.
He said that it was going to be a surprise.
Because this is People You’ll See In Hell, you know she did it.
She was a few steps up on the ladder, with the blindfold still on when Sean Jennings put handcuffs on her and slipped a noose around her neck.
Sean Jennings’ wife started to cry out and beg her husband to take the handcuffs off, which prompted him to turn on a radio sitting on a workbench and drown out her cries.
The next thing she heard was metal scraping on concrete as the ladder was pushed out from under her feet.
She hung there for a while, crying and begging her husband to help her. Some people don’t realize that it’s not the choking that kills someone when they’re hung, it’s the sudden drop that breaks the subject’s neck.
That’s why you watch the History channel, folks. You learn all sorts of things.
Sean Jennings watched his wife suffer for a few minutes as she choked and tried to keep herself up on the tips of her toes. He kept a running commentary going as his wife was dying in front of him, saying that what he was doing was better than divorce. He mentioned that when the kids found out, it would look like she had been depressed and hung herself – especially after he wrote a note explaining why she would commit suicide and signed her name on it.
Sean suggested that she should really just give up and make it easier on herself, because she was going to pass out soon anyways.
She didn’t pass out, though. Sean had a change of heart just as she started to lose consciousness and helped her down, after she promised him that she wouldn’t get a divorce and wouldn’t say anything about what happened to anyone.
Sean Jennings then told her that he was sorry.
It was all better and they lived happily ever after.
No wait, it wasn’t, and they didn’t.
Sean attempted to cover up his crime by making his wife put aloe vera on the rope burns and having her wear a neck brace to hide the marks.
Although she was terrified of what he would do, on Tuesday, the 9th of October, 2007, Sean Jennings’ wife summoned her courage and called police from a public phone at the local Wal-Mart.
She told the authorities what her husband had done to her. The officers took pictures of her neck injury and the bruises on her hands and wrists.
Jennings was arrested that night, denying his wife’s accusations to the last despite the discovery of the handcuffs, rope, ladder, and bandanna that had been serving as her blindfold.
He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.
On the 5th of September, 2008, Sean Allen Jennings was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Sean Jennings pled guilty to second-degree attempted murder in exchange for a reduction in the severity of charges. Sean Jennings originally was charged with first-degree attempted murder.