‘Killer Clowns’: Inside the Terrifying Hoax Sweeping America

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SOURCE: Rolling Stone

 

Clowns have been spotted lurking in woods from South Carolina to upstate New York

Arriving home from work one day, a mother is greeted by her son who’s been anxiously waiting to tell her about the clowns he heard whispering in the woods near their apartment complex. Initially she assumes his mind is running wild in the summer heat, until her eldest son confirms the report, saying he heard chains rattling and banging on the front door.

 

Unfortunately, this isn’t an installment of Are Your Afraid of the Dark? but part of our new reality, as creepy clown sightings are cropping up across the country without explanation. On August 21st, reports of clown sightings surfaced near the Fleetwood Manor apartment complex in Greenville County, South Carolina. Officials took the strange reports seriously but were unable to uncover any real evidence or suspicious persons. The reports stretched beyond children hearing noises and seeing people with clown face paint: One resident said she saw a clown with a blinking nose standing beside a dumpster at 2:30 a.m. Other children came forward claiming clowns attempted to lure them into the woods with money and that the clowns “live in a house by a pond deep in the woods.” After hearing gunshots, police learned two residents fired in the direction of the wooded area where the sightings had supposedly taken place. A week later, more reports surfaced of clowns simply staring at Greenville residents near laundromats and, again, next to the woods.

 

Yet still, police couldn’t locate a single clown to question, leaving people to wonder whether this was a hoax, a marketing ploy, or simply child’s play.

 

But if it is all an elaborate ruse, roughly a dozen other cities are in on it – and some officials are worried there will be a violent end to the clown sightings. And in the five weeks since clowns popped up in Greenville, the pandemic has spread.

 

Last week, in what quickly became a viral Facebook post, a video of a clown lurking in the brush along a dirt road was taken by a person named Caden Parmelee in Marion County, Florida. The car Parmelee was in paused to film a person with white, sinister face paint, but the video cuts out as the clown begins to move and someone in the car is cut off saying “Let’s get the hell out of…” We can assume the final word of that was “here,” based on Parmelee’s comment to police that he wasn’t looking to die that day. Another Florida resident, Kelly Reynolds of Palm Bay, took up running last weekend when she saw two clowns while she was walking her dog. Reynolds reported to Florida Today, “I never run but I turned and ran back to my home as fast as I can.” Florida, a hotbed for weird shit, also had reports of creepy clown sightings in Pensacola and Gainesville.

 

The clowns crept up into North Carolina, littering the state with the grim face paint and costumes. A machete-wielding clown tried to lure a woman into a wooded area in Forsyth County. Winston-Salem increased police presence in certain areas after two children claimed they were offered candy by a clown if they’d follow it into the woods. In both Henrico and Augusta counties, parents and their children reported clowns “leering” at them from cars or on the edge of a forest. While the Augusta clown may still be wandering the forest, a local woman, Holly Brown, reported that the creepy clown was in fac, her son Angus, a 12-year-old with autism, who donned his Halloween costume a month early. She stated her son was simply excited about the holiday and meant no harm. Given the clown-hysteria, he will only wear the costume on October 31st.

 

Pennsylvania, too, is rife with creepy clown reports. In Pottsville, there were reports of two people wearing “clown-like clothes,” driving around in a pickup truck scaring teens and children. In Ebensburg, a woman caught a peeping-Tom clown peering through her window. Most recently, York College sent a safety alert out to the campus – a reaction deemed necessary after receiving eight different clown reports since September 24th. More sightings have been reported in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and, most recently, New York State.

 

Police have begun arresting people dressed as clowns on various charges. In Alabama, seven people are facing felonies for making a terrorist threat, while two more juveniles face lesser charges. In Middlesboro, Kentucky, a 20-year-old man was arrested for wearing a clown costume while hiding in a ditch. In Virginia, two teens were taken into custody for donning clown costumes and chasing children. And in recent days, the list has been growing.

 

As campus safety officials in Pennsylvania pointed out in their notice, the “creepy clown” situation is becoming a national phenomena. Unfortunately, the situation is nothing new. In 1981, “sinister” clowns were seen in Boston and neighboring towns throughout New England. The clowns, who harassed small children, were never seen by adults. They would coax children into vans with candy, usually driving alongside children walking down the street or in front of schools. The Phantom Clowns, as they were dubbed by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman given their allusive nature, spread to Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, and Pennsylvania. Since the 1980s, clowns have made appearances across the country, usually in the weeks and months leading up to Halloween.

 

Coleman’s phantom clown theory is rooted in the “primal dread that so many children experience in their presence.” The first notable instance of a creepy clown is when serial killer John Wayne Gacy was captured in 1979. His alter ego Pogo the Clown frequented children’s parties, so his capture drew a connection between a killer and a clown. Three years later came Poltergeist, in which a sinister clown doll lives underneath the bed. Stephen King doubled down and only increased the public’s fear of clowns – his 1987 novel It, featuring Pennywise the clown, was made into a horrifying film in 1990. (People still love to fear clowns – Poltergeist was rebooted last year, and a remake of It is set to arrive next fall.)

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Home Depot Forced To Pull This Offensive Halloween Decoration From Shelves

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The War on Halloween continues.

 

In the year 2016, pretty much everything is offensive, and Halloween has in recent years become enemy number one of those who just can’t stop getting offended. Every year we tend to write up at least a couple stories that fit that bill, and this latest one comes our way courtesy of Fortune…

 

Over in Toronto, Ontario, a line of “Scary Creeper Peeper” Halloween decorations recently drew the ire of one Home Depot customer, the woman complaining that the decorations “make light of predatory behavior against women.” The decorations, which are also available in stores across the US, are meant to be affixed to the outside of windows via suction cups, and they depict either a clown or a creepy dude peering in through the window.

 

The woman feels that the decorations downplay voyeurism, and she fails to see the humor in them.

 

“It makes light of a very serious crime,” she said. “Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.”

 

In response to the complaint, Home Depot pulled the decorations off their shelves.

 

“We agree that this is not in line with our core values, and when we heard, took immediate action and are currently in the process of removing this product from our assortment,” said a Home Depot spokesperson. “We’ve reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We’re sorry for any offense that was caused.”

 

“We at Scary Peeper would never, ever, condone any type of violence,” the owners of the company told Fortune in a statement. “Our intention for this product is for it to be used as a fun-spirited prank. We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has been offended by our products, and certainly, to those who have been victimized by voyeurs.”

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GHOST’s ‘Popestar’ Enters ‘Top Rock Albums’ Chart At No. 1

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According to Billboard, “Popestar”, the new EP from Swedish occult rockers GHOST, sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort landed at position No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.

 

 

Meanwhile, the new GHOST original song “Square Hammer”, which is featured on “Popestar”, has entered multiple Billboard charts, including Hard Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 7 (3,000 downloads sold), No. 33 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, No. 36 on Rock Digital Song Sales and No. 41 on Hot Rock Songs.

 

 

“Popestar” was released on September 16. The effort includes covers of songs from bands like ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and EURYTHMICS along with “Square Hammer”.

 

 

“Popestar” was helmed by English producer Tom Dalgety, who has previously worked with ROYAL BLOOD and KILLING JOKE, among others.

 
A Nameless Ghoul told myROCK about GHOST’s new EP: “The EP will sort of connect with ‘Meliora’, so it’s not [going to feature] a new Papa [Editor’s note: In a parody of the Catholic Church’s tradition of papal succession, GHOST singer Papa Emeritus is purportedly replaced by a new Papa for each GHOST album.], it’s not a new album; it’s gonna be like an extension of ‘Meliora’. That is gonna prolong the tour. So we’re gonna do an American tour in the fall, and then we’re gonna come back to Europe in the beginning of next year and do a bigger, sort of final ‘Meliora’ show. And in between now and then, we will work on the new album, and after the European tour in the beginning of [2017], we’re gonna go into the studio and record a new album.”

 

 

GHOST kicked off the “Popestar” U.S. tour on September 16, with dates scheduled through November 12 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Rock Radio Vet Madd Maxx Hammer Will Retire From Broadcasting At Year’s End

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Madd Maxx Hammer Signs Off A Legendary Career

Veteran Active Rock radio personality and programmer MADD MAXX HAMMER has announced that he will be retiring from the industry by years end. HAMMER’s career began back in 1976 at KIBS/BISHOP, CA.

 

HAMMER first came to national attention after landing a job at the Z-ROCK network in 1986, joining the late WILD BILL SCOTT for on-air and programming duties. Later he would host the national “Z-ROCK 50” hard rock and heavy metal weekly syndicated countdown show.

 

In 1992, HAMMER left Z-ROCK to join various prominent Active Rock radio outlets such as KEGL/ DALLAS, KAZY/DENVER, KZRX/PHOENIX, KRAB/BAKERSFIELD, and the LOUDRADIO network as well as host the popular boxing talk show “Inside The Ring” on the PRIME SPORTS RADIO NETWORK.

 

HAMMER also hoted many pay-per-view boxing events and co-hosted the UPN hard rock music video show, “Crank It Up!” in 2000. Between broadcasting gigs, he also toured with rock acts such as PANTERA and GODSMACK.

 

HAMMER has recently been on-air at DSN RADIO’s digital ROCKRADIO KDKT, and was an A&R rep for DSN MUSIC’s rock division.

 

Commented DSN Pres. GUY GIULIANO: “I’ve known MAXX since 1986, and he has been a true professional and Rock radio legend.”

 

HAMMER will continue in an advisory and consulting role for DSN, as he winds down his tenure in broadcasting,to pursue spiritual endeavors, and deal with recent health concerns.

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No New MISFITS Music

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Glenn Danzig has told The New York Times that there are no plans for the reunited MISFITS to make new music after completing a two-show reunion run at this year’s Riot Fest. “If there’s going to be another MISFITS record, I’d probably have to write the stuff,” he said. “And I’ve got a full plate, so I don’t know.”

 

Danzig also explained his decision to reunite with the MISFITS after 33 years, saying: “Jerry [Only, MISFITS bassist] and I had solved and resolved all our differences. And I’ve seen a lot of musicians dying too young recently, like [David] Bowie and Prince. That just got in my head. People had been trying to get us to reunite for a long time, anyway. I said that if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it now while we’re all in really good shape. It’s not easy to be in terrible shape or be a drug addict and perform, you know?”

 

He added: “Not a lot of people got to see the original MISFITS. Maybe the legends have grown over all these years. And now they got to see it.”

 

The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG’s Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades.

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