The rope was used as a swing by neighborhood kids.
After he took the dogs for a walk, Joshua Twigg, age 16, decided to pull a practical joke. He wanted to pretend he had been choked to death by a swing rope attached to a tree near his home to fool his twin brothers Danny and Ben, who always came home on the path near the tree. But when his brothers returned, they found that Joshua’s deceit had become real. Joshua had accidentally entangled himself in the rope and strangled himself to death.
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