Edge of Insanity Haunted Attraction, here at Weitle's Asylum, is in its fourth year of operation. Originally started as a joint business venture between myself, my girlfriend (now wife), and my brother Thomas Ingham, we were all excited and looking forward to opening day. The day before we were to open the doors for the first time, my brother died unexpectedly. So, in memory of him, my wife and I now open the haunt as a fundraiser for the Memorial Scholarship Fund that was created in his name by many of Tom's friends and associates who also loved and respected him.
Even though this is only our fourth year for Edge of Insanity, our haunting goes way back. I remember over twenty years ago being semi-involved with a friend's haunt, on a very small level. My interest grew, and I found myself thinking of different ideas to entertain the trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Years passed and my job required me to relocate. I found myself in Kokomo, Indiana. While working out one night at the Kokomo Fire Dragons, a martial arts school that taught mainly Chinese martial arts, I was approached and asked if I would want to help with a haunted house fundraiser for the Dojo... the adventure began! This is where, unknowingly for me, I was to embark on the creation of what is now an amazing venture into the world of haunted entertainment! We ran the haunted fundraiser successfully for five years, opening not only in October, but also taking advantage of the location downtown, and opening during the Haynes Apperson Festival each summer. It was a hit!
In 2007, I came up with the idea of doing a haunted house of my own. We set to work building and painting inside the two barns located in the back acre of my property. After scrounging around the yard sales, collecting anything we could revamp, as well as odd bits of antiques, the stage was set! We were ready to open. Then tragedy struck. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to continue at all. But, my family urged me to, constantly reminding me that my brother Tom wouldn't have quit; so neither did I. We opened two weeks lated, only long enough to run the last two weeks of the season, but the response we got was encouraging. People really seemed to enjoy what we had done, and even through the confusion of being closed after advertising that we were open, then finally opening, we had a pretty good turnout.