Two Men Jailed for Setting Crude, Nightmarish Booby Traps Along a Hiking Trail

Two men whose parents did not raise them well have been arrested in Utah after allegedly setting up potentially deadly homemade booby traps to ensnare travelers along a popular hiking trail.

One of the traps was designed to send a tripped victim tumbling into a bed of pointy wooden stakes protruding from the ground.

Another, pictured above, was to be triggered via a fishing line trip wire; when crossed, it would send a 20-pound boulder, to which several sharpened spikes had been affixed with what looks to be just tons and tons and tons of rope, speeding at a victim's head.

Let's pause now, for a moment, and reflect on how terrifying that thing looks. It would almost be less scary if it were an actual medieval morning star. This DIY-version is very The Hills Have Eyes.

The traps were set around the entrance to a makeshift wooden shelter used by hikers as a sleepover and campfire site.

They were discovered by a patrolling forest ranger, who was able to disable them. He speculated they were designed to catch travelers passing through in the dark.

Investigators tracked down the two men suspected of setting the traps, Benjamin Steven Rutkowski,19, and Kai Matthew Christensen, 21, (scroll down for mugshots) after receiving a tip the suspects had bragged about the traps on their Facebook pages.

When questioned, the suspects told authorities that the traps were intended for wildlife.

Utah County Sheriff's Sergeant Spencer Cannon was not having that bull.

"When you look at those things, you just get chills down your spine…There's no question these traps were set for humans and that these suspects knew their deadly potential."

Worst of all, the traps were erected a mere stone's throw away from Provo, Utah, the most optimistic place in America, according to Gallup. People there probably don't embark on hiking trips worried they will fall prey to sadistic outdoorsmen. They're probably more susceptible to booby traps than Americans from any other metropolitan area.

Because no one was believed to have been injured by the traps, the men were charged with reckless endangerment rather than a felony.

Ultimately, Sgt. Cannon said, "We hope they learn a lesson from this."

The lesson for everyone else: Never attempt to engage in any kind of outdoor physical activity, because traps are everywhere.

[Image via AP]