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After a wave of “creepy” clowns were spotted across the United States late this summer, the phenomenon seems to have migrated north to Canada. Why are these sightings spreading?
“Killer clown” sightings have been investigated by local police in Gatineau, Quebec, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Bowmanville, Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg. More reports have spread on Twitter and Facebook.
“I’m having a hard time thinking of anything quite like this phenomenon of evil clowns,” says folklorist Prof Timothy Evans.
Since late last summer, “killer clowns” have been spotted from Alabama to Nova Scotia. Schools in Texas and Alabama have shut down, and police have made a handful of arrests – both for people making false reports and for people actually dressing up in clown costumes.
The paranoia has even reached the White House, where press secretary Josh Earnest had to field questions about the president’s stance on “creepy clowns” during a press briefing on Thursday.
The clown craze also seems to be spreading to the UK and Australia.
“It’s straight out of Hansel and Gretel,” says Benjamin Radford, who wrote a book about the clown sighting phenomenon. One of the first waves of clown paranoia that Radford uncovered was in the 1980s, when a number of schoolchildren from Massachusetts claimed a clown was trying to lure them into a van. Police never confirmed their reports.
Indeed, law enforcement officials note a rise of unconfirmed reports and hoaxes involving clown sightings. In Bowmanville, police found nothing suspicious after a Facebook post suggested a “killer clown” was stalking the community.
On Tuesday, Halifax police investigated after a picture of a clown standing near a high school was posted on Instagram. No clown was found near the area, says Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Wendy Mansfield, but the department has received at least 10 reports on social media that “creepy clowns” might be in the area.
Photos have surfaced recently in Winnipeg showing psycho-looking Clowns. The photos, which were published in the Winnipeg Downtown Flyer Gazette, have a more ominous reverberation. One Killer Clown was sighted on the lot where the former Demon Hotel once stood!!
The Evil Demon Hotel going up in flames March, 2015
A Devil Clown photographed on the hellish former Demon Hotel site.
Across the street is the purportedly haunted Tremblay apartments. This ghoul clown was spotted in the window.
And today, a scary evil clown was spotted in downtown Winnipeg near the MTS Centre. The cold rainy weather had the clown donning an umbrella.
What horror is in store?