John Stafford is so scared of spiders that even seeing a shop display of fake ones can cause him to pass out. Doctors have said that his heart is so bruised from this over the years that something as simple as Halloween could kill him.
Jon Stafford is the arachnophobe's arachnophobe: simple seeing some spiders in a window display once made him pass out. He's tried various pills and hypnotherapy but nothing seems to help. In fact, he's been shocked and passed out so often over the years that his heart is now bruised. His doctor tells him that being shocked agin, such as by fake spiders put up for Halloween, could kill him.