At the beginning it was a prank in the USA. People dressed as clowns and started to hide in woods or streets and scare others around them. However, as the ‘joke’ started spreading, it became more sinister and even dangerous.
People call them ‘killer clowns’ and they have turned global. There have been several killer clown attacks in the USA, UK, Denmark, Canada, Brazil and several other countries.
A police officer in England explains that recently there have been more than a dozen reports in 24 hours about clown attacks.
The first killer clown was a man named John Wayne Gacy, otherwise known as ‘Pogo the Clown’. Between 1972 and 1978, he murdered 33 young people. He buried all his victims under his house. In his daily life, he used to appear as the friendly neighbourhood clown. He used to go to hospitals or parties and entertain children.
The modern phenomenon has ‘killer clowns’ chasing people with choppers or huge knifes. There are even examples of clowns with a saw. They do not mind whether their victim is a child, woman or an old person.
In Texas, while the entire family was sleeping, a clown tried to break into their house with a huge knife. However, the clown did not notice the camera that was recording him/her. After a long effort, he/she walked away.
In Berlin, a 14-year-old boy dressed as a clown thought it would be funny to chase his friends by waving a hammer at them. It did not end well. One of his friends stabbed him. The emergency services were called but, thankfully, there was no real harm done and no one was charged.
Clowns have also attacked women and scared children. In the USA, and in several other countries, parents have been warned to take their children to school by car. Schools give regular announcements to ensure every family is aware of the danger.
These ‘killer clowns’ also have social media accounts to create more fear.
Not long ago, a clown tweeted that he would visit schools with a knife in Essex the following Wednesday. A spokesman for Essex Police said, “We are aware there is a suggestion on social media of clowns planning on visiting schools as part of this current craze.”
In Chicago, a woman with exaggerated makeup was beaten up by a group of angry teenagers who thought she was a clown.
There are also people who use the ‘killer clowns’ as an advantage. A woman aged 18 explained to her work place that a clown attacked her, as an excuse for being late. Nevertheless, the police found no evidence.
As Halloween is around the corner, many families around the world have announced that they will not let their children outside. In the USA, clown costumes have been banned. It is not just because clowns scare people, but also because others could attack and take revenge on an innocent person dressed as a clown.
Several clown pranksters have been identified in different countries and they have been arrested. Police ‘killer clown’ operations are on going and will continue until people feel safe.
I believe this killer clown craze has a negative impact on young people. We do not feel safe in any place, even in school. Parents do not let their children outside, because there is a fear of ‘killer clowns’ all over the streets.
In my view sick people who are looking to harm others could use a clown costume to prevent being identified.
It’s not just a harmless prank. It is no different to terrorism.