Small town clowns

A small town clown..
I have written about late summer early autumn clown scares before.. This seems to happen this time of year in some small town across America. By Halloween, the clowns have recoiled back into hibernation for the winter.
But until then.. Scary clowns abound..

From the report:

Parents are on alert after a number of mysterious sightings of clowns standing near basketball courts, in woodlands and under streetlights in and around Greenville.
Ryan Flood, a master deputy with the Greenville County sheriff’s office told the Telegraph that they were taking the reports very seriously.”These kids have notified their parents they saw these clowns near the woods. The clowns had lasers and a lot of cash,” he said. “Our view is to take it seriously in case there is someone dressed as a clown trying to lure them away.”

To me, it sounds like just a bit too much of a work of fiction or uber urban legend gone viral..

That said, more details were released.. And they are creepy..

Police in Greenville County in northern South Carolina haven’t been able to substantiate the children’s claims, but a police report from the first clown sightings on Aug. 21 reveal a “suspicious character … dressed in circus clown attire and white face paint, enticing kids to follow him/her into the woods.”

A woman told a responding deputy that her son had “seen clowns in the woods whispering and making strange noises” at around 8:30 p.m. that night, according to the report, which was obtained by 48 Hours’ Crimesider.


And this..

She said the boy led her to where he saw the clowns, and then she also saw them “flashing green laser lights” before they ran away into the woods, according to the report. Around that same time, the woman’s older son reported hearing ”chains and banging on the front door” of their residence.

The deputy investigating the case said another woman at the same apartment complex said she saw a clown outside around 2:30 a.m. that morning.

The “large-figured clown with a blinking nose, standing under a post light near the garbage dumpster area”  waved at her, and she waved back, according to the police report. “The suspect did not approach her or harm her.”

Several children in the area told police clowns had displayed “large amounts of money” in an attempt to lure them into the woods. The children said they believed the clowns lived in “a house located near a pond at the end of a man-made trail in the woods,” according to the police report.

Until more information is known or clowned Prince of fright is found, the scariest thing in life seemingly remain: A clown at midnight, standing silent under a dimly lit street lamp as the stars above burn through the darkness..

But at this point, I will wait for more information before deciding that the latest clown incarnations are real..

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