Moment of whim a fatal mistake for young teacher on Halloween in Chicago

In “The Watchmencomic book series, there are two Silk Spectres, with mother handing down the role to daughter.

Unlike most comic book superheroes, Silk Spectre has no special powers, but she is an expert at hand-to-hand combat.

Megan Duskey

The staircase where Megan Duskey, 23 fell to her death during a Halloween Party at the Palmer House.
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You can find any number of Silk Spectre Halloween costumes online. Black boots, yellow-and-black zipper-front “romper,” silver belt.

A 23-year-old Crete woman was reportedly wearing a Silk Spectre costume Saturday night at a massive Halloween party at the Palmer House Hilton, where she fell to her death in a terrible accident.

Authorities say Megan Duskey, a special education teacher from Crete, apparently was attempting to slide down a banister when she fell four stories and was killed instantly. Although there’s no indication the tragedy was alcohol-related, the fire department put a stop to the party shortly about 12:30 a.m. after ambulances had been called on four separate occasions for partygoers who appeared to have gotten sick from too much drinking.

In Megan’s case, it appears as if it was just a silly, risky moment of whim that went horribly wrong. How many of us can look back to our 20s and say we didn’t try to pull off at least one stunt that could have resulted in injury or death if we hadn’t been lucky?

This is the second time in less than a week that a young person from the Chicago area has died in a freak accident. Last Wednesday, Declan Sullivan, 20, of Long Grove, was killed when gusty winds blew over the tower from which he was filming Notre Dame’s football practice.

Notre Dame officials are still dealing with questions about that accident, and whether anything could have been done to prevent it.

In the Halloween party tragedy, it doesn’t appear as if this was anything but a young woman having fun with friends on a Saturday night and making a fatal mistake.

And for everyone who knew and loved her, Halloween has forever been transformed from a festive faux-holiday to a terrible anniversary.

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