Deadly, Medieval-Style Booby Traps on Popular Hiking Trail Set By 2 Bored Idiots

hiking trailIt's been pretty nice out lately, huh? Been taking advantage of the almost-spring-like weather? Been enjoying the outdoors more? Walking, going on hikes, and whatnot? Me too! Listen up, though, guys. We have to be careful. I'm serious. Two dudes set up a bunch of booby traps -- deadly booby traps, medieval booby traps -- on a popular hiking trail. All because they were bored.

Two Utah men, Benjamin Steven Rutkowski, 19, and Kai Matthew Christensen, 21, were arrested last week for setting up really terrible, really dangerous booby traps along a popular hiking trail in Provo Canyon. According to police, the traps were rigged with trip wire. One was designed to swing a ball made out of spikes at the head of whoever tripped over the wire, and the other would have caused someone to fall onto freshly-sharpened spikes placed in the ground.


Thankfully, no one fell victim to this asinine "prank." The traps were discovered by a U.S. Forest Service Officer. He was able to trace them back to Rutkowski and Christensen after doing a little inquiring on Facebook, and eventually getting a tip from a witness. The boys were charged with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.

That's it?

These things could have literally killed someone. Then they would have been charged with manslaughter. How did they get off on a misdemeanor? I certainly don't consider myself a hard-ass, quite the opposite, but this seems like a ridiculously light punishment for, again, something that could have killed someone!

And, while we're on the subject, I wonder what possessed these two dudes to just up and set up some spiked ball traps in the first place. My guess is they ran out of beer to drink and video games to play. Still, though, an odd choice. If you're jonesing for a little real-life mischief, why not go traditional? Egg somebody's house, play ding-dong ditch, mailbox baseball. No, they're not very nice things to do, but geez, they don't have the potential to kill someone.

Do you think this punishment is suitable given the crime?

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