The owner of a notorious zombie-themed nativity scene in Ohio has announced that this will be the final year for the controversial display.
Located in a suburb of Cincinnati, the unorthodox holiday tradition began three years ago and generated headlines for both its creepy nature as well as a legal battle that it spawned.
The first two incarnations of the nativity scene, in 2014 and 2015, led to creator Jasen Dixon being cited an astounding 27 times by his town for what was deemed a zoning violation.
A contentious showdown with his local government eventually led to the display being allowed to continue in 2016 without any intervention from the town, although it did fall victim to vandals.
It would seem that, having won the war against his town but now facing new harassment from ne'er-do-wells, Dixon was ready to call it quits and actually decided to pull the plug on the scene at the end of last year.
However, the remarkable popularity of the display led him to reconsider and so, befittingly, the zombie nativity scene has risen from the grave for one last holiday season.
Dixon insists that this will truly be the final year for the odd showcase that has drawn visitors from hundreds of miles away and been featured on innumerable TV news segments.
What will become of the display after this Christmas has yet to be determined, but he has suggested the possibility that it could be sold, meaning that there's the possibility that the zombie nativity scene could pop up in your neighborhood next year.
Source: CBS News