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Creepy clowns terrorizing towns at night

Creepy Clown Sightings in South Carolina Cause a Frenzy

8/31/16

At the edge of dark, dark woods in South Carolina, children have been telling adults that a group of clowns have been trying to lure them into the cluster of trees. They say the clowns live deep in the woods, near a house by a pond.

This tale sounds like a mishmash of newspaper clippings and pages ripped from Stephen King novels, but these are actually details taken from a report filed by the sheriff’s office in Greenville County, S.C., last week, after several residents at an apartment complex there said that people in clown makeup had been terrorizing both children and adults.

Several children said that clowns were offering them money to follow them into the woods, close to the house by the pond. (The police say they have found no evidence of clown paraphernalia at the house.)

A woman walking home late one night said she had seen a “large-figured” clown waving at her from under a streetlight, the police said. (She waved back.) And another woman said her son had heard clanging chains and a banging noise at his front door. In these cases, people who reported clown sightings refused to give their names to the police.

The police don’t know whether the stories are coming from the imaginations of children or something sinister is afoot, but panicked residents seemed to be taking the law into their own hands: The Greenville sheriff’s office investigated reports that residents of the apartment complex may have fired shots in the direction of the wooded area.

Master Deputy Sheriff Ryan Flood said Tuesday that the authorities had not confirmed any of these sightings but said that extra deputies were patrolling the apartment complex. Property managers were also distributing fliers that warn children against walking in the woods alone at night.

And the calls to the police continue: On Monday, a child at a different complex phoned the police to report another clown sighting.

How do clowns — supposedly agents of humor and good fun — cause such chaos? Across the United States, clown sightings spring up like Jack-in-the-Boxes, and our collective fear of evil clowns has a way of elevating a local nuisance to a national news story.

In 2014, there were a number of reported sightings, from Albuquerque to Fishers, Ind. Last year, a clown was spotted skulking around a Chicago cemetery. And just a few weeks ago, residents of Green Bay, Wis., reported that a clown was seen toddling around town clutching a bunch of black balloons. (Somewhere, there are probably plenty of stories about good clowns, too, but an email requesting comment from Clowns of America International, a trade group, was not immediately returned on Tuesday.)

Some locals made a sport out of spotting the Green Bay clown, whom they nicknamed Gags. But others pulled out their firearms, according to C.J. Guzan, a local actor who said that the Gags project was just a viral marketing stunt for a movie.

“It’s getting a little bit scary because people are starting to believe it a little bit more, and we’re starting to see some of those unsettling pictures on Facebook,” Mr. Guzan told a local ABC affiliate. “Not of the clown, but of people armed and preparing to defend themselves, saying, ‘I can’t go outside because I’m afraid of clowns,’ or whatever. That’s just a little too far.”

The pranksters, viral marketers and criminals may be taking advantage of a cultural fear of clowns, with examples including Mr. King’s “It,” and John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who dressed as a clown. But Steven Schlozman, a child psychiatrist who teaches a course on the psychology of horror films at Harvard University, suggests that something more primal could be at work.

Humans are built to recognize patterns from an early age, and a clown’s exaggerated human features set off a primal warning bell from within our “crocodile brains,” Dr. Schlozman said in an interview on Tuesday.

“It has this kind of capacity to grab you emotionally before it grabs you cognitively,” Dr. Schlozman said. “That’s the key to making something viral online actually: to make people emotionally engaged before they’re intellectually engaged.”

In his years researching the things that scare us, Dr. Schlozman has also uncovered another truism: Horror is almost never about the thing that’s scary. The horror unravels once terrified people respond.

When the locals take their guns out and fire into the woods, it’s not that different from people going with their pitchforks into the woods after Frankenstein’s monster, he said, adding: “It never ends well.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31...carolina-cause-a-frenzy.html?_r=0
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Mystery clowns that are terrorizing California towns at night have started carrying GUNS

   Police in Bakersfield, California, were called to a report of a clown holding a firearm and walking around in the middle of the night
   The area has been ground zero for a series of scary appearances of people dressing up as clowns
   Nobody knows who the clowns are — some people say it's performance art, while others think it's just plain scary


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...alifornia-city.html#ixzz4IrlOs6Wr
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Creepy Clown Sighting! Florida!
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Scary Angry Clowns Terrorizing People At Night Has Oddly Become A Global Phenomenon

In South Carolina, meanwhile, there are reports suggesting a clown or a group of clowns are “trying to lure children in the woods”. A property manager wrote to all the residents of a building suggesting extra precautions to ensure children’s safety.

9/2/16

Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns – might seem like an old-joke from the 1990’s – but in 2016 not many people seem to be laughing.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

As the darkness of the end times continues its rise, we are seeing stranger and stranger manifestations of evil not just here in America but across the globe. Oddly, people dressed as clowns, once a symbol of childhood fun and innocence, have been spotted doing all sorts of scary, freaky things. One thing is for sure, nobody’s laughing at the clowns anymore.

In recent years, clown masks have become a new favourite to intimidate and scare people. Recently, a 14-year-old teen reported a knife-wielding clown in Columbus, Ohio, who chased him down the street.

The boy told police that a man in dark clothing and a clown mask followed him as he walked to a bus stop in the morning.

According to the police report, he got rid of the clown by throwing a rock at him and fleeing to the bus stop.

In South Carolina, meanwhile, there are reports suggesting a clown or a group of clowns are “trying to lure children in the woods”. A property manager wrote to all the residents of a building suggesting extra precautions to ensure children’s safety.

Numerous children have come up to their parents claiming they have seen clowns in the area.
As fake clowns cause fear and panic in France, police now have been placed on high alert as reported by the Guardian.

The local newspaper, Daupiné Liberé, wrote, “These clowns aren’t funny anymore.” There is no humor in acts of violence. The evil clowns are committing crimes causing an increase in vigilante responses. This makes for a bad combination.

MSN reports that on Saturday “fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats were arrested outside a school in Agde, southern France.” Numerous other complaints flooded the authorities with reports of armed clowns throughout the weekend.

That very same night in Montpellier, a man dressed as a clown tried to rob a 35-year-old pedestrian, and along with two other accomplices, the three fake clowns beat the man with a metal rod. All three clowns were caught and arrested within 24 hours. At least three other motorists, all in different towns, reported they had been threatened by clowns, according to the New Zealand Herald.
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“This is serious:” Creepy clown sightings reported in second community in South Carolina
9/1/16

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a rash of incidents involving clown sightings at apartment complexes and other areas of Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Both the Greenville Police Department and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have open cases and the Spartanburg Police Department confirmed Thursday, September 1st that a clown sighting had been reported at an apartment complex there.

Captain Art Littlejohn with the Spartanburg Police Department said officers were called to Canaan Pointe Apartments Wednesday night, August 31st for reports of a suspicious person. The complainant, a woman, told officers that a person dressed as a clown was standing in her backyard. She snapped a photo and the person ran off. Littlejohn said the responding officer tried to view the photo on the woman’s phone but the image was too dark to make out.

Deputies in Greenville County said the clowns were initially seen in wooded areas, where they reportedly tried to encourage children to join them, but the situation escalated to reports that clowns were also knocking on the doors of homes.

Investigators said no conclusive photo or video evidence has surfaced and no suspects have been named in any of the incidents.

Officer Gilberto Franco with the Greenville Police Department said the biggest obstacle investigators are facing is lack of detail in the descriptions they are receiving of the clowns. Franco said that of the three reports his agency is investigating, not enough information was received about the costumes, hair colors and whether or not the suspects had on masks or painted faces.

The warning letter

FOX Carolina begin looking into the clown sightings after residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments shared a letter they found on their apartment doors that left hem them concerned for the safety of their neighborhood.

The letters, which were reportedly posted at the apartment complex on Fleetwood Drive on August 24th, stated the property management has received complaints of a person dressed as a clown trying to “lure children into the woods.”

The letter, which appears to be printed on Fleetwood Manor Apartments letterhead, reminds the public children should never be alone or walking through the woods at night.

The property management in the letter indicates Greenville County law enforcement is conducting daily patrols of the property due to the reports. Below is the full text of the letter:

8/24/2016

To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor

There has [sic] been several conversation [sic] and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments childrens [sic] safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding [sic] the property daily. Remember there is a 10pm curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents.

Thank you,

Property Manager

Donna Arnold, one of the people residing at the complex who received the letter, said she called the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office to come out to Fleetwood Manor after her son and others reported seeing clowns behind the basketball court.

“I thought my child was seeing things,” Arnold said. “And then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?”

Community activist Bruce Wilson said he is getting involved at the apartments to make sure children are safe, even if the sightings turn out to be harmless.

“We have about two to three hundred children out here,” Wilson said. “I want to make sure that law enforcement is doing the right thing.”

The Greenville sightings

Deputies confirmed Monday, August 29th they were called to the apartment complex on August 21st to investigate after residents reported seeing “a suspicious character, dressed in circus clown attire and white face paint, enticing kids to follow him/her into the woods.”

Investigative reports state police met with a mother, whose name was redacted, who witnessed the clowns in the woods after her son notified her of their presence. The woman told deputies the clowns were shining green laser lights in the woods.

Another resident also reported seeing a “large-figured clown with a blinking nose” standing under a streetlight near the trash dumpsters.

Deputies spoke with children who told them clowns tried “to persuade them into the woods further by displaying large amounts of money.” The children advised they believed the clowns lived in an old house near a pond, accessible via a trial behind the apartment complex.

The house near the pond was located, but deputies said they found no signs of suspicious activity or clowns.

According to the investigative report, deputies also received two prior calls about clowns in the area and one call about gunshots being fired at clowns.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, Greenville County Deputies made their way to the Emerald Commons Apartment Complex on White Horse Road after a child said he saw a man dressed in a clown costume about two hours prior.

Another clown sighting was reported at the Shemwood Apartments in Greenville shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

A 12-year-old told deputies two clowns were sighted in the backyard area, one with red hair and another with a white mask and body suit. The juvenile also told deputies that a person was taking photographs of children.

Four deputies were sent out to patrol the area.

Both incidents at Shemwood Apartments and Fleetwood Manor are being actively investigated by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and patrols have been increased in the area to ensure the safety of the public.

Deputies have not been able to substantiate any claims through evidence or video surveillance, but they said they have don’t have any reason not to believe the claims.

“This type of call in particular where people are alleging that the clowns are being used to lure children, of course we are going to take that seriously,” Greenville County deputy Ryan Flood said.

On Tuesday night, the Greenville Police Department reportedly received two new calls about clown sightings at Shemwood Apartments, within hours of each other.

Callers said kids started chasing two clowns through the complex before the clowns ran to a wooden fence and broke through it to get away. One clown was waiting in a car and the other two clowns jumped in and they took off. Witnesses said the car appeared to be a newer-model black Honda.

The children told officers one clown had a red nose and red hair but no face paint.

On Wednesday, August 31st, police said a young girl walking home from school reported seeing a clown in the wooded area by Hughes Academy in the Pleasant Valley area. Officers are en route to investigate near Rice Street and Deoyley Avenue.

Evan said his football practice was canceled, so he got home earlier than normal. The boy said he called his mother after the clown encounter. His mother then called police.

“My mama told me that she called the cops and I knew she wasn’t playing and I’m being serious about this,” Evan said. “I’m not gonna joke around about something like this. This is serious.”

The investigation

Officer Gilberto Franco with the Greenville Police Department said Wednesday that there were still many unknown variables.

“(Investigators don’t know) if there’s any ill intent towards it, or if it’s just somebody that is out there causing a disturbance,” Franco said.

Franco admits, officers have never received reports quite like these, but if it turns out that masked men are behind it, they could face charges.

“It’s unlawful for you to wear a mask in public whether it’s a mask itself or conceal your face while you’re out in public,” Franco said.

Police are also encouraging parents to be extra cautious until the situation is resolved.

“We want to make sure parents are still remain vigilant and to make sure you keep track of your children playing, don’t leave them playing isolated.”

The community impact

Community activist Bruce Wilson, founder of Fighting Injustice Together, is calling for the clown terror to stop “before someone gets hurt.”

“We plan to publicly ask whoever is behind this senseless action of scaring child to stop before someone gets hurt,” Wilson stated. “We will also be asking law enforcement, both Greenville city police and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, to increase patrols in these neighborhoods and to ensure that officers do not simply sit in patrol cars but actually walking the perimeter of these apartment complexes.”

Clown performers weigh in

FOX Carolina also reached to Upstate party clowns for their take on the situation.

Kelly Montfort owns Over the Top Enterntainment. He’s better known at birthday parties and special events as Mr. Twister.

Montfort said his clown antics are only aimed at making people happy and is concerned that the clown sightings in Greenville may be bad for business.

“”I am terrified of that actually,” Montfort said. “I truly hope it’s being made up. I truly hope there is not a psychopath that is going after kids, and if there is, I hope that someone catches them.”

Montfort suspects the clown sightings are not part of a sinister plot but rather part of a marketing strategy.

“I believe there is a chance that it could be a big publicity stunt for someone, a haunted house or some sort of production that will be coming in the next few months,” Montfort said.

http://fox6now.com/2016/09/01/thi...cond-community-in-south-carolina/
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Third clown sighting in Piedmont Triad, this time in Guilford County
9/6/16

Greensboro  Police on Tuesday morning received a call about another clown sighting in the Piedmont Triad.

The sighting occurred at The Park at Oakridge apartments off Old Oak Ridge Road not far from Interstate 73. A man said he saw a clown near the wooded area behind the complex at about 10 a.m.

Chris Bass told FOX8 he lives at the complex with his wife and two children. He was on his balcony when he spotted a man in a white mask, red curly hair, yellow dotted shirt, blue clown pants and clown shoes in the wooded area. Bass tried to chase the clown but could not catch him. He called his actions his "fatherly instinct."

In a news release from the Greensboro Police Department, officials said it is lawful to dress as a clown, but "given the heightened tensions about these entertainers," they are "discouraging copycat behavior by individuals who may find it humorous to mimic the suspicious behavior that has parents on edge." “Copycats” unnecessarily alarm the public, and place an unnecessary drain on police resources, officials said.

Tuesday's clown sighting comes after someone in a clown costume tried to lure kids into the woods Sunday night in Winston-Salem. A second sighting happened about two miles away later that same evening.

The Sunday night incident in Winston-Salem happened in the 1200 block of East 29th Street off Hwy. 52 about 8:30 p.m. The "clown" was described as wearing white overalls, white gloves, red shoes with red bushy hair, a white face and a red nose.

oak-ridgeThe suspect allegedly tried to lure the kids with treats. The suspect was reportedly seen by two children and heard, but not seen, by one adult. The suspect fled the area when officers arrived.

A second clown sighting happened just after midnight in the 1600 block of Hope Lane, two miles from the first sighting. Officers attempted to locate the subject but were unsuccessful.

All three spots where clowns were reported are in very residential areas near parks/woods.

Similar incidents have occurred in South Carolina.

Anyone who might have any leads on who the suspect might be can call CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.

Greensboro police encourage parents to use the latest clown sighting as an opportunity to talk with their children about strangers and how to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Parents should tell children never go anywhere with a stranger, even if it sounds like fun. Instead, children should run away and scream if someone follows them or tries to entice them to go to another location.

http://myfox8.com/2016/09/06/thir...sighting-this-time-in-greensboro/
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/...tY?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
9/7/16
Reports of Creepy Clowns Spread to More Cities: 'It Is Not Funny,' Police Say

There have been reports of more clowns in more cities spotted lurking in the woods.

In the past month, police in the Carolinas have received multiple reports from people claiming clowns with white-painted faces were acting strangely in the area – at least once attempting to lure kids into the woods with money.

The reports have fueled speculation that the sightings could be a hoax, or possibly even morbid fans trying to promote the 2017 movie release of Stephen King's It, about an evil clown known as Pennywise that terrorized a group of young boys.

One local TV station wondered if Rob Zombie's upcoming film, about a group of kidnapped carnival workers, might be involved in guerrilla marketing – but the distributor said they were not.

"If this is a hoax or publicity stunt it is not funny," Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen tells PEOPLE. "It is alarming to the public and a drain on police resources. We just don't know at this point, because we haven't had the chance to interview any clowns."

The latest sighting occurred on Tuesday, when a man brandishing a machete chased a clown into the woods near an apartment complex in Greensboro, North Carolina, police said.

The person, who was wearing a scary clown mask, red curly wig, yellow dotted shirt, blue clown pants and clown shoes, ran back into the woods and disappeared from view, according to police.

"We don't know why he was there or what he was doing there," Danielsen says. She says officers scoured the area, but couldn't find anyone.


The police department, she says, is also discouraging "copycat behavior."

In August, several residents at an apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina, reported seeing clowns lurking in the nearby woods.

According to a Greenville County Sheriff's Office incident report obtained by PEOPLE, a deputy spoke to a woman on Aug. 21 who claimed her son had seen clowns in the woods, whispering and making noises, and when she went over to check, she saw several clowns flashing green laser lights in the woods before they ran off.

Another resident told the deputy that she'd been walking home to her apartment hours before, at 2:30 a.m., and saw a "large-figured clown with a blinking nose, standing under a post light near the garbage dumpster area," according to the incident report.

According to the report, several children also told the deputy that clowns had approached them behind one of the apartment buildings and tried to lure them into the woods "by displaying large amounts of money."

"There has been a couple of people that have seen them," Master Deputy Drew Pinciaro of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office told PEOPLE in an earlier interview. "Mainly it has been children who have reported they have seen these clowns in the woods. Every time we have gone out there we have not seen any clowns."


The children said the clowns lived in a house near a pond at the end of a hiking trail, according to the report. The deputy found the house, but "there were no signs of suspicious activity or characters dressed in clown attire," according to the report.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said last week that "the clowning around needs to stop."

"It's illegal, it's dangerous, it's inappropriate, it's creating community concern," he said.

Miller said the reported clown sightings have included various descriptions, with differences in both race and costume, and that at that point police had found no evidence supporting the sightings.

Days later, on Sept. 4, residents in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, reportedly saw a clown attempting to entice kids into the woods with treats, the Associated Press reports.

Police said two children saw the clown, and an adult heard the clown, according to the news agency.

Police responded to the area but found no signs of the creepy character, who was seen wearing white overalls, white gloves, red shoes with red bushy hair, a white face and a red nose, according to the AP.
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SEND IN THE CLOWNS Bizarre epidemic of men dressed as clowns threatening to abduct children sweeps USA – as cops warn terrified parents to be on alert
9/15/16

Sightings of men in clown costumes trying to tempt kids into the woods or standing in a sinister manner beneath streetlights have been reported across four states

AN epidemic of creepy clowns attempting to abduct children is sweeping across the southern USA.

Sightings of men in clown costumes trying to tempt kids into the woods or standing in a sinister manner beneath streetlights have been reported across four states.

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A letter was sent to parents in South Carolina warning them about clowns tempting children into the woods

Most recently police in west Georgia said they received numerous calls about clowns trying tot talk to kids.

They were also investigating a reported Facebook threat to kidnap children from numerous schools in the LaGrange area.

Callaway Elementary, Franklin Forrest Elementary, Callaway Middle School, Troup High School, and Callaway High School were all reportedly named in the threat.

The police department posted a message on Facebook: “This behavior is not cute or funny… if applicable, you may face charges.”

But the sightings in Georgia are just the latest in a string of bizarre incidents in the American south.

Another sighting in the city of Dublin in the same state sparked concern after a driver phoned cops to say he had to swerve to avoid hitting a clown standing in the middle of the road.

Earlier this month children at the Fleetwood Manor Apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina, said someone dressed as clown was trying to lure them into the woods with promises of sweets.

Resident Donna Arnold told CNN affiliate WHNS: “I thought my child was seeing things. And then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?'”

The town of Winston-Salem in North Carolina’s police force said a clown wearing white overalls, white gloves, red shoes with red bushy hair, a white face and a red nose.

Two years ago in Bakersfield, California police received 20 reports of clown sightings including some suggesting they were armed.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/178...terrified-parents-to-be-on-alert/
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Creepy Clowns Are Terrorizing Children, Parents And Schools All Over America

An epidemic of creepy clown sightings is sweeping America, and authorities don’t know who or what is behind it.  In some instances, clowns with horrific expressions painted on their faces have been spotted standing on the side of the road, lurking near the edge of the woods or just roaming about town staring at random people.  But in other instances there have been reports of clowns actually attempting to lure children with gifts, and there have even been some reports of children running away from creepy clowns that were chasing after them.  While doing research for this article, I came across recent creepy clown sightings from South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, California, Alabama, Georgia and West Virginia.  This is truly a nationwide phenomenon, and many believe that it will get even worse as Halloween approaches.

This creepy clown trend appears to have begun with a very disturbing case at an apartment complex in South Carolina…

Donna Arnold, one of the people residing at the complex who received the letter, said she called the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office to come out to Fleetwood Manor after her son and others reported seeing clowns behind the basketball court.

“I thought my child was seeing things,” Arnold said. “And then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?”

Community activist Bruce Wilson said he is getting involved at the apartments to make sure children are safe, even if the sightings turn out to be harmless.

Authorities say that their investigation into this incident found that the clowns were approaching children with the intent “to persuade them into the woods further by displaying large amounts of money“.

At least one child that personally interacted with these clowns testified “that they had candy and they would give it to them if they came there“.

Whether people are dressed as clowns or not, attempting to abduct children in no joke.

Unsurprisingly, this case made national headlines, and at that point it appears that a whole host of copycats started to come out of the woodwork.  The following is how an article in the Week summarized what happened next…

A week later, a boy at an apartment ten miles away reported seeing a man in a clown mask in the woods near his home. Later that night, a boy at an apartment just three miles from Fleetwood Manor reported seeing another clown. That apartment also sits on the edge of a wooded area. There was another local sighting the next day. The following day, a woman told police she saw a clown standing outside a Greenville laundromat, simply staring at her.

By then, the clowns had begun to mobilize. The previous day, a 14-year-old boy in Columbus, Ohio, said that a man wearing a clown mask chased him with a knife while the boy was walking to his school bus stop. Less than a week later, on Sept. 5, two children in Winston-Salem, N.C., claimed a clown was offering candy, as long as they would follow him into the woods. Later that night, a woman in the area claimed that a clown tried to coax her into the woods, except this one was carrying a machete. He wore black gloves and a black tie. The next morning, in the nearby town of Greensboro, a man said he saw a clown in the woods behind his apartment. Yellow polka-dotted shirt, blue pants.

Since that time the creepy clown sightings have not stopped, and one of the most alarming incidents of all just took place in McDuffie County, Georgia…

“It was this morning at 6:30 when we were leaving at the house,” said Cameron Frails, who saw the clown.

But as Frails and his neighbor, Hannah Rice, started walking, they noticed something.

“I was standing over there,” said Rice. “And I was like, ‘who’s that guy following Cameron?'”

“We saw a man with all black on, clown mask and a red wig,” said Frails.

They said they saw at least two men dressed in all black coming toward them between two trailers, so they started running.

But that isn’t the only report of these creepy clowns trying to chase down children.  Here is another one from Georgia…

According to the police report, the woman said the children told her they were leaving the community center as it was getting dark Monday evening when five people dressed as clowns and wearing masks emerged from a white panel van and began chasing them.

The 48-year-old woman also told police she saw a white panel van slowly driving past her home prior to the supposed incident at the community center around the corner, on McKinley Drive.

A lot of the copycats out there may be doing this sort of thing as a prank, but law enforcement authorities are beginning to take this threat very seriously.

In fact, Time Magazine is reporting that two schools in Alabama “were put on lockdown” on Friday due to threats from a group known as “Flomo Clowns”…

Two southern Alabama schools were put on lockdown Friday because of threatening Facebook messages and emojis posted on the now-deleted page of a group called the ‘Flomo Klowns.’

The sinister Facebook messages said “It’s going down tonight,” followed by revolver emojis, and “I love kids.” A parent also contacted the Flomaton Police Department to say her child had been sent threatening messages by the group.

The entrances to Flomaton High School, which has around 400 students, and Flomaton Elementary School, which has about 300, were locked, as well as internal doors. Local officers and sheriff deputies secured the school grounds and searched the area, AL reports.

I think that this is another example of how sick and twisted our society has become.  There are a lot of unbalanced people out there that get a thrill from spreading terror, and the initial clown stories have inspired them to capitalize on this trend.

If you are able to take a photograph or some video of these creepy clowns, please feel free to contact me.  “Killer clown” costumes are always extremely popular during the Halloween season, and I have a feeling that this wave of terror is only going to intensify as we approach the end of October.

One photograph of a creepy clown that was taken on Simmons River Road near Duhring, West Virginia has gotten a lot of attention on social media.  It was originally posted by Karen Mann Hicks on Facebook, and you can view it right here…

Hopefully this creepy clown craze will soon fade, but it is a quick way for deeply disturbed individuals to “get on the news”, and so it seems likely that there will be even more copycats.

But those that are tempted to dress up like creepy clowns and terrorize children should be aware that police all over the nation are taking this very seriously, and arrests will likely be made at the first sign of trouble.

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http://www.wdam.com/story/3322057...ut-on-lockdown-after-clown-threat
Prentiss High School put on lockdown after clown threat
Monday, September 26th 2016, 2:50 pm CDT
Monday, September 26th 2016, 2:50 pm CDT

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Prentiss High School was put on lockdown Monday afternoon after a clown called making threats to students.

According to Sheriff Ron Strickland with The Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Department, a person called from a private number identifying as a clown. Strickland said the clown threatened to do inappropriate things to the kids at the school.

Strickland said the school has been searched and secured and that the lockdown will be lifted soon.

Strickland said the sheriff's department is working now to trace the phone number to the caller.
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Creepy Clown Sightings Sweep The Nation As The Threats Of Violence Become Even More Chilling

All over America sick and twisted people are dressing up like creepy clowns in order to frighten the living daylights out of others.  This trend started back in August, and since then social media has helped it spread like wildfire.  So far there have been creepy clown sightings in 11 different states, and Mississippi and Kentucky have been added to the list since my last article.  A lot of young kids seem to think that this is a great idea for a “prank”, but authorities are taking the creepy clown phenomenon very, very seriously because in recent days the threats of violence have become much more chilling.  Individuals posing as “creepy clowns” on social media are openly naming specific schools that they plan to target and are threatening to commit horrific acts of violence.  That may sound like an interesting plot for a Hollywood horror movie, but in real life these kinds of threats have very serious consequences.

On Monday, several schools in Alabama were placed on lockdown due to threats from a group known as “Flomo Klown”…

   A number of Alabama schools were on lockdown on Monday after a series of Facebook posts from users posing as clowns threatened local children with violence.

   Posts on the group ‘Flomo Klown’ warned that clowns may show up at two schools in the Birmingham area and one student alerted local police.

Fortunately, authorities were able to identify the people that were making those threats.  The police discovered that two juveniles and one adult were involved, and so far one arrest has been made in the case.

But that isn’t the only example of “creepy clowns” threatening to commit violence at schools.  A short-lived Facebook account under the name of “Bingerman Clownferd” issued a profanity-laced warning to five specific schools in the Montgomery, Alabama area on September 17th.  The following comes from a local Montgomery news report…

   A newly created Facebook account named Bingerman Clownferd began posting about visiting Montgomery schools last week. This weekend, Clownferd caused a stir on social media with a post listing which Montgomery schools would be visited:



   The posts include vulgar language and threats of violence and began the day after Flomaton Police Department arrested two juveniles and an adult for a similar threat that caused a soft lockdown at Flomaton schools.

   “I’m the southlawn clown I saw all of you all today at school I watched y’all walk home ik who y’all are if I don’t get u tonight it will be monday (sic),” Clownferd posted on Sept. 16.

As I stated above, law enforcement authorities are taking these threats very seriously.  And considering the terror attacks that we just witnessed in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, they would be foolish not to do so.

Elsewhere in Alabama, security was tightened at a middle school in Calhoun County because someone on Facebook threatened to come to the school and “start shooting”…

   Extra deputies patrolled Saks Middle School in Calhoun County after someone threatened on Facebook to start shooting at the school. A 16-year-old Pleasant Valley resident was arrested and charged with terrorist threats. Since the suspect is a minor, their name was a not released. Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade described the incident as troubling.

   “It’s really disturbing in today’s world that people are doing this to scare others,” he said. “We are going to find the people who did this. There are consequences when you make threats.”

   In Etowah County, a social media post hinting about a clown visit at Rainbow Middle School and John Jones Elementary caught authorities attention on Sunday. Police presence was increased at the schools on Monday and a Gadsden City High School freshman was questioned by Rainbow City Police about the matter. Chief Jonathon Horton said the department is collaborating with juvenile probation and the Gadsden City School system to figure out how to move forward in the case.

No “prank” should ever involve threats of violence.  Many young people don’t realize this, but anonymous threats of violence can actually get you charged under terrorism laws.  So you may think that what you are doing is quite funny, but it could end up landing you behind bars for an extended period of time.

Some sick individuals have gone beyond threats and are actually terrorizing people in person.  Just check out what happened in Brighton, Alabama on Sunday and Monday…

   In Brighton, a suspect dressed as a clown jumped out of the bushes and chased two teens down the street on Sunday. The incident happened at 8 p.m. on Huntsville Avenue near King Street.

   Authorities said the suspect fled in a white van similar to a Chevrolet Astro Van. Brighton police Chief Ray Hubbart said the children and their parents are still a little terrified. Since the investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to call Brighton police at 205-425-8934.

   In another incident, on Monday night an 18-year-old was arrested in West Blocton after jumping in front of a car while wearing a clown mask, according to WBRC.

A similar incident just took place in northwest Georgia, but in this instance the “creepy clown” was actually holding what appeared to be a knife…

   The first incident involved a “creepy clown” chasing a couple of kids from a store parking lot back to their home, reports show.

   “According to the complainant, a person dressed as a creepy clown and wielding what appeared to be a knife, allegedly chased her 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece from the lot of the Mapco convenience store back to their Fernwood Drive apartment,” officer Mitchell Moore said.

Was it just a prank, or did that “creepy clown” actually intend to do harm to those children?

Fortunately we did not find out, and it was probably just someone trying to pull a “prank”, but if authorities would have caught up with this individual they would have thrown him in jail.

With each passing day, more photos of these “creepy clowns” are being posted on social media websites.  A Facebook user named Jamie Hill just posted a picture of a “creepy clown” that is getting a lot of attention that was taken on the side of the 192 highway in London, Kentucky.  You can view it on Facebook right here… https://www.facebook.com/photo.ph...1877049182&type=3&theater



This is the description that Jamie Hill posted along with the photograph…

   So, I was a little scared to post this because I didn’t think anyone would believe me until Kelly Hill told me that one of her friends just had seen a clown here in London. Amy Gunter And I was out tonight & was headed back home on 192 & saw this. Now, it’s not a really good picture because I couldn’t stop, there was people behind me. I seriously think this clown thing has gotten out of hand & someone is going to get hurt. Please share this so people around London will know that they are here!

As I stated in my previous article, dressing up as a “creepy clown” is a quick and easy way for unbalanced individuals to get media attention, and so we are likely to see this trend continue to intensify.  And of course Halloween is quickly approaching, and creepy clown costumes are always popular this time of the year.

But this has long since stopped being funny.  The threats of violence are becoming increasingly disturbing, and it is only a matter of time before someone goes too far and people start getting seriously hurt.  So let us hope that this “trend” fades away soon and people start moving on to other things.

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Clown warnings issued ahead of Halloween season
9/26/16

A string of frightening encounters involving children and clowns has officials warning people to be on the lookout for these characters this Halloween season.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says this October, if you see something, say something.

Clown sightings have been recorded through late summer in South Carolina, southern Kentucky, Tennessee and a few other states.

A teenager in Coffee County, Tennessee claimed to be attacked by a clown in recent days while other children reported clowns trying to lure them into the woods across the southern United States.

At a local shop in Lebanon, clown costumes remain a best seller for this year's Halloween season.

Brendan Martel, an employee at the shop, says next to 'Halloween' stalker Michael Myers, the clown costume is in demand.

"To me, it looks like a bunch of jokesters," Martel says of the clown phenomenon.

Chase Pennycuff, a custome, says enough is enough.

"Some people probably thing it's really funny, but again, I don't think it's intelligent to do something like that," Pennycuff says. "Standing in street corners with clown masks, it's not a very smart thing to do."

Some customers say the second greatest risk beyond terrifying children might just be a clown losing their life.

"You come out of the woods dressed like that, come out on the wrong person, they have a gun, could be your life in danger," says customer Hunter Sanders. "Its not worth your life for a simple joke."

http://abc13.com/news/clown-warni...head-of-halloween-season/1526597/
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Clown threats: 1 arrest; Schools closed after attack report
9/30/16

Reading schools are closed Friday after a woman reported being attacked by a male dressed as a clown. The woman told police that her attacker made a threat against students.

No arrests have been made in the attack and schools were closed out of concern for students that walk to school early, according to the Reading Community City School District.

Mount Notre Dame High School is also closed Friday. Though no threat was made against Mount Notre Dame, the school in the 700 block of East Colombia Avenue shares a parking lot with Reading High School, which is located on the 800 block of the street.

Reading police said Kim Youngblood was smoking a cigarette on her porch at South Terrace Apartments when the clown appeared. The male grabbed Youngblood by the throat and reportedly stated, "I should just kill you now."

Also this week, Sharonville police in Ohio received reports of a clown in the wooded area of Sharonville Elementary. © Getty Images Also this week, Sharonville police in Ohio received reports of a clown in the wooded area of Sharonville Elementary. According to Youngblood, the clown then said "that some students and teachers would wish they were never born at the Jr. and Sr. High School today."

Youngblood told police the male fled after an alarm went off in a nearby apartment. The male grabbed Youngblood's throat harder for a second before fleeing, police stated in the release.

The male suspect was reportedly wearing a striped outfit, red wig and white clown mask.

Colerain Township arrested a juvenile in connection with a clown threat in the area late Thursday.

Police said the suspect threatened to harm students at Colerain High School on Friday.

"This suspect used the current "clown" trend to further terrorize parents and students and has been charged with Making Terrorist Threats and Inducing Panic," police said in a Facebook post.

Both of these charges are felonies. Police did not reveal the name or age of the suspect.

Earlier in the day, police said posts on Twitter from an account called the Clown-Clan was causing "annoyance and alarm to communities."

It is not clear if the arrest was connected to those tweets.

Tweets from that account have mentioned several Greater Cincinnati communities and schools.
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Report: Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., reportedly in lockdown after sightings of possibly armed clown; report not yet confirmed - FOX 25 Boston

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I didnt pay attention to where - but I heard on news they may cancel hell-o-een if these clowns keep appearing.   GOOD!
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/05/hea...epy-clowns-rumors-trnd/index.html
What's with all the clowns everywhere? 6 legit possibilities

By AJ Willingham, CNN

Updated 2:37 PM ET, Wed October 5, 2016

(CNN)It just had to be clowns, didn't it? We couldn't indulge in some good old-fashioned nationwide panic about, say, zombies or sexy teenage vampires. Nope, it had to be clowns and it had to be mere weeks before Halloween.

Thanks, America. This is just great.

Unless you've been hiding under a rainbow novelty wig, you know communities around the country have been perturbed by sightings of clowns or possible clown-related threats or any manner of creepiness ranging from flat-out hoaxes to actual credible events.

People have been arrested. Schools have sent out warning letters. Social media is crawling with creepy, homemade clown videos. And it came up at the White House media briefing this week.

It's so weird, even Stephen King wants people to chill.

   Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria--most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.
   — Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016

When the dad of "It" wags a finger at this nonsense, you know it's serious. But still, we need an explanation for why, all of a sudden, there are clowns running amok in our neighborhoods and imaginations. Six (mostly) legitimate possibilities:

1. It's folklore with a modern twist
How to follow the Clown Commandments

Benjamin Radford is a folklorist and the author of the non-fiction book "Bad Clowns," so he's definitely someone you'd want to call with any clown-related concerns. He says the current fad we're enduring is nothing new, and similar waves of stories and hysteria have happened before.

"In the 1980s there were these 'phantom' clown reports," he says. "There were stories out of Massachusetts of schoolchildren saying they were chased or lured by clowns, and parents and teachers took it seriously."
If that sounds familiar, it's because the pattern closely resembles one of the first clown encounters that tipped off this latest fascination: In August, kids in an apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina, reported seeing clowns in the woods, trying to lure them into the darkness.

In the '80s, like now, the stories caught on even though they remained unsubstantiated.

"Many of those reports were hoaxes, some were pranks, and some were schoolyard rumors, but the stories continued, in Chicago, Baltimore, and even in the UK."

In other words, there's a "snowball effect," Radford says, where rumor and legitimate concern mix with our human penchant for a good story.

Since the events in Greenville, clown sightings have been reported in several states, and some people have actually been arrested for scaring people in costume, making clown-related threats, and in one case, chasing kids with a baseball bat while wearing a clown costume.

These pranksters and trolls only serve to strengthen a pretty pervasive myth.

2. It's viral marketing
Think about it. It makes sense. Here were are, all talking about clowns. Is someone capitalizing on the fascination?

It wouldn't be unheard of. Radford says creepy clown imagery has been used in viral marketing before, and the whole point of stunts like that is to get people talking.

In fact, one creepy clown video from Agwam, Massachusetts, has already been revealed to be a viral marketing stunt for a local haunted house. So even if this whole clown thing didn't start off as a marketing ploy, it's certainly created some fertile ground.

It's also hard to ignore the fact that, you know, there's a remake of the classic horror story "It" coming out next year. While it seems like perfect timing, the movie's makers aren't toying with your delicate emotions just to get you in the theaters. A Warner Brothers spokesman told CNN there is "absolutely no connection" between the film and recent clown sightings.

3. It's an expression of human anxiety

Clowns are a source of childlike amusement, but they can also be scary and weird. Life is also scary and weird. It's not a coincidence. Perhaps clowns are like specters of anxiety and discomfort, bogeymen that personify our deepest fears.

"These sorts of panics tend to surface when there's underlying social anxiety," Radford says. "This is an election year, there's lots of political and ideological divisions, there's also of course [the awareness of] school shootings and terrorist attacks." That last part explains the kernel of concern from parents and law enforcement. Even IF most of these sightings and incidents are overblown, why take chances?

Radford says the clown sightings of the 1980s came at a similar time -- one of cultural upheaval. "There was the satanic panic, the hysteria over Dungeons and Dragons, and sensationalized media reports of Satanists trying to abduct children," he says.

It's a different world today, but underlying patterns are the same.

"These reports get circulated, often sensationalized, there's a smattering of rumors and urban legends, and then there's some idiot who actually dresses up, and then before you know it there's lockdowns and arrests," he says.

4. It's a social media fad
If you want to creep yourself out, scroll through one of the several recently-created "clown sighting" Twitter accounts. They're full of horror-movie-quality clown videos, ostensibly documenting clown encounters in the wild. (FYI, the video below has some strong language).

   Omaha, Nebraska pic.twitter.com/3VfPxSagEi
   — Clown Sightings (@ClownsSightings) October 4, 2016

Amidst the sightings -- real or not -- the hashtag #IfISeeAClown took off to predictably hilarious results. Obviously, if we're going to get all upset about clowns, social media users are going to find a way to cash in.

"The scary clown image is perfect for social media. It is custom-made to go viral," Radford says. "You have something that is both scary and funny. It's this combination of horror and humor, laughter and fears."
It's all part of the folklore tradition, but instead of sharing around fires and whispered bedtime conversations like we used to, we re-tweet and post about it, embellishing and adding additional touches along the way.

"It's called ostentation," Radford says. "The idea that you are enacting a legend. People see this scary clown narrative happening on the news, and they're like, 'Hey i want to be a part of this!'"

5. It's an augmented reality game

Do you remember Slenderman, the creepy internet character that figured into a brutal teenage stabbing case in 2014?

To some people, Slenderman was part of what is called an "augmented reality game." No, not like Pokemon Go -- think of them more like puzzles and interactive narratives that supposedly take place in the real world and are told over various platforms. It's a souped-up version of a myth, and part of the fun of an ARG is immersing yourself in the make-believe of it all.

Slenderman, a modern myth
Sound familiar?
There's no hard evidence to suggest this clown fad is actually part of an official or organized augmented reality game, but given the way it's spread and documented online, it's not hard to imagine the spirit of ARGs has infused some of the storytelling. Imagine this situation: Someone dresses up like a clown or leaves a clown artifact around for someone else to find and document.

   CLOWN CLIMBS TO THE TOP OF HIGHWAY BILLBOARD IN NEW JERSEY pic.twitter.com/FzysGz2znL
   — Clown Sightings (@CLOWNlNGS) October 5, 2016

6. It's not always just make believe
Hey, the easiest explanation is that there really are a bunch of creepy clowns out there hell-bent on some nefarious end. Call it Occam's Rubber Nose.

But if you really want to take it seriously, the recent spate of creepy clown news is disturbing precisely because it's hard to tell where myth ends and reality begins -- we know, intellectually, that it's mostly a bunch of hogwash, but then someone gets arrested for making violent clown threats and we start to question it all.

"Rumors can have consequences," Radford says. "This isn't just fun. People are scared, there have been cases where people have become violent [Editor's note: Or shot at other people, out of fear ]. I think the important thing for the public to realize is underneath all of these sensationalized headlines, there isn't any original threat. The real threat is overreaction to the story, not the clowns themselves."
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Target halts clown-mask sales amid creepy clown hysteria
10/17/16

Target will stop selling clown masks amid a rash of reported clown attacks — real and fake — that have terrorized the United States in recent months, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

All of the company’s stores have pulled the masks “out of sensitivity for the issue at hand,” Target spokesman Joshua Thomas told the newspaper. Target has 1,799 stores in the United States, according to its corporate site.

The company also has stopped selling masks on its website. On Monday morning, searches for “clown masks” on Target.com turned up nothing. Links from search engines to clown masks that Target previously stocked simply led to a message that said “product not available.”

Clown costumes for children, oversize clown suits and “sexy clown” outfits are, however, apparently still available for sale.
An example of a clown mask that previously was for sale on Target.com. © Screengrab An example of a clown mask that previously was for sale on Target.com.

The retail giant’s decision, just two weeks before Halloween, comes as the frenzy over “creepy clown” sightings and threats has reached a fever pitch.

Across the country, scary-clown rumors have led to school lockdowns and arrests.

As The Washington Post’s Ben Guarino reported in early October:

   South Carolina was creepy clown Ground Zero in August, when emergency calls from residents of Greenville County prompted deputies to search an apartment complex and the nearby forest for criminal clowns. A clown, or someone dressed like one, was “trying to lure children in the woods,” warned the property manager of Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville. …

   What began as reports from concerned parents to police mutated into memes, pranks and, in some cases, felonious hoaxes. Although there is little evidence that clowns are stealing children or planning attacks, clowns (or at least clown images and paraphernalia) have been associated with a recent rash of mischief and violent threats.

The madness reached such a point that renowned horror author Stephen King had to step in on Twitter and, of all things, try to soothe people’s fears.

   Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria–most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.

   — Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016

Target did not immediately respond Monday to interview requests.

The corporate retailer is not the first to hit the brakes on clown-mask sales this year because of the creepy-clown scare.

In Michigan, Crypt Keepers Halloween Emporium boxed up all of its less expensive clown costumes, lest its customers get hurt — or try to hurt someone else — while wearing them, the Detroit News reported.

“It’s not worth the sale,” owner Dave Douglas told the newspaper. “These people are causing an epidemic.”

That has not stopped people from buying clown masks wherever they can. Sales of clown masks, especially “evil” or “scary” ones, have spiked 300 percent this year, Halloween Express operations manager Brad Butler told the Wrap.

“As to why we’re selling more clown masks this year than last, I could speculate, but frankly my opinion doesn’t matter,” Butler told the site. “Truth is, I don’t know.”

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