Clown sightings are happening all over the country and not just during the presidential debates (see what we did there?). Reports of clowns hanging outside of playgrounds or calling in bomb threats are being reported all over the United States, but it's far from the first time we've been afraid of clowns.
For many of us, our fear of clowns comes from pop culture. Whether you read about or watched Pennywise in Stephen King's It, or if you were all twisted up by American Horror Story, clowns are popular nightmare fodder. For most of us, the very idea that clowns could be anything but something out of a horror story seems unreasonable and irrational. Clowns, with their painted on smiles, seem naturally duplicitous - hiding behind makeup and costumes their true, and perhaps, sinister nature.
It's not just in the movies that clowns are scary though, there are many very real stories of creepy clowns you just don't want to meet. Here is just a list of fifteen and we must warn you, you likely will never look at a clown the same way again.
15 Ex-Clown Children Murderer
14 Scary Clown For Hire
13 Clown Kidnapper
12 The Northampton Clown
11 The French Clown Gang
10 The 1981 Phantom Clown Epidemic
9 Insane Clown Posse, America’s Most Wanted?
8 Juggalo Fan Attacks
7 Former Cartel Leader Killed By Clown
6 The Palm Beach Murder Clown
5 Missionary Clown
4 Sondance The Clown
3 Mysterious Clown Sightings In 2016
2 Swedish Clown Stabbing
1 The Infamous John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy is among the most infamous serial killers of the twentieth century. With at least thirty-three murders under his belt, he had a day job as a children’s entertainer known as Pogo the Clown. We wish we were making this up because in many ways, the crimes committed by Gacy are too nightmarish to fathom, let alone write down. Not only was he a serial murderer, but he sexually abused most of the young boys before killing them as well. Using his clown persona as a way to lure the trust of parents and children alike, it's not even quite clear how many victims he may have had because before his death he said there were many bodies and victims still left to find. Most of his victims he hid on his property, the vast majority of which were eventually found in the crawlspace of his home. He was executed in 1994 by lethal injection.
Sources: ChicagoTribune, FoxNews, TheSeattleTimes, WashingtonPost
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