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Aug 15 - Worlds Tallest Water Slide via AV CLUB/Atlantic
 

 
Last year, a Kansas state grand jury issued a 20-count indictment against the management of Schlitterbahn water park for the horrific death of a child while riding Verrückt, a much-hyped, Guinness World Record-breaking water slide in 2016. Caleb Schwab, the ten-year-old son of Kansas state representative, Scott Schwab, was decapitated after a raft on the 168-foot-tall slide went airborne over its main ramp, striking the guard railing which anchored the ride’s safety net.

The story took on a cinematically terrifying air as more and more details came to light about Verrückt’s haphazard design, coupled with the park management’s downright sinister cover-ups and intimidations of potential employee whistleblowers. Yesterday, an excellent 10-minute documentary released by The Atlantic highlights just how batsh*t insane the entire Verrückt story really was, giving viewers possibly this summer’s most terrifying daytime horror film outside Midsommar. The curious can check out the video below, but be forewarned there are some pretty haunting images of the accident’s aftermath around the 5:50 minute mark.


I mean, where to start? There’s park owner, Jeff Henry, mugging for a news crew before the ride’s release that he “always set out to break all the records. I want to be the first at a bar to buy a drink, and I want to be the first to meet a pretty girl, and I want to be the first at everything.” There’s watching footage of test rafts literally careening off the slide’s ramp to the guffaws and backslaps of its designers on the scene.

Every bit of advice we’ve been given from the brightest brains and smartest engineers and mathematicians just have not been correct,” he later says confidently to a Travel Channel documentary crew who featured the ride’s construction on its show, Xtreme Waterparks (Henry, it’s somewhat important to note, had absolutely zero training in either of the above careers).

Then there’s learning Verrückt’s much-hyped debut had to be delayed three goddamn times for safety issues before it finally opened to the public. The whole thing is a tragedy in slow motion to watch unfold, so much so that an anonymous Schlitterbahn worker was even quoted at the time as saying Schwab’s death was, “tragic, but not surprising.”

Perhaps the most chilling segment is the documentary’s closing, which is simply a Schlitterbahn commercial aired while the ride was open depicting happy families running around the park, Verrückt looming in the background.

“At the end of the day, we all have something special to hold onto,” the cheery woman announcer tells viewers at the commercial, an ominous post-script if there ever was one. The whole thing is best summarized by the clip of a child interviewed at the time as to whether or not he’d ride Verrückt.

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 7 days ago '11        #2
darealvelle 105 heat pts105
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Thats insane
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 7 days ago '13        #3
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 darealvelle said
Thats insane
So many things wrong with that video

 7 days ago '17        #4
WorldDominance 30 heat pts30
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a dude take his girl on a date to that park and be like...pls don't want to go on that slide.

 7 days ago '08        #5
cohs 11 heat pts11
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I watched the video before I read the article. Halfway through I was gonna say that ride is weak without the jump, but looks like I was getting ahead of myself.
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 7 days ago '08        #6
cohs 11 heat pts11
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All those dudes skated on the charges but paid out 20+ million

 6 days ago '19        #7
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I'm in KC and have rode it twice. The first time was ok but the second time I pretty much came completely out of the raft and never fu*ked with it again. I told my girl it was a death trap and she tried to say I was just being scary. That sh*t was no joke.
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 6 days ago '08        #8
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there is no possible way that the designers don't feel like sh*t. And it was a kid at that...damn I saw this a couple of weeks again and saw them testing it like see yea this is why I hate amusement parks.. fancy rides with regular-ass people operating them. Kinda like the wave pool turned tsunami. smh


 6 days ago '19        #9
Nas Mcgrady 
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This is why amusement parks should be avoided. Getting cheap thrills by putting your and your children's life in danger is stupid.

It's all fun and games until someone dies and people die at these places every year.
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 6 days ago '15        #10
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 cohs said
I watched the video before I read the article. Halfway through I was gonna say that ride is weak without the jump, but looks like I was getting ahead of myself.

You came up with that off the top of your head?
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 6 days ago '05        #11
HUDA2daF 4 heat pts
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not surprising this was in kansas. look up the brownback experiment to see how a*s backwards kansas is.
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 6 days ago '17        #12
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 Nas Mcgrady said
This is why amusement parks should be avoided. Getting cheap thrills by putting your and your children's life in danger is stupid.

It's all fun and games until someone dies and people die at these places every year.

Not as frequent as dying In a car crash right slim jim?

 6 days ago '15        #13
biggydski 3 heat pts
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That kid at 4:28 in the video a young Cleveland Brown
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 6 days ago '19        #14
Nas Mcgrady 
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 G Matic said
Not as frequent as dying In a car crash right slim jim?
Transportation is a necessity. Be the fool trying to rationalize why you're child died at at amusement park if you want to. Won't be me.
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 6 days ago '16        #15
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this was really interesting to watch


I fu*king died when the test ride raft flew like 20 feet in the air and crashed to the ground @ :55 even weighted by sand bags





 


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