1.The clowns that terrorized a small California town
Since the start of October 2014 a queer clown has been popping up everywhere in a small town – Wasco, California. Later he documents his whereabouts on Instagram and Twitter. The fact is that the Wasco clown is a yearlong photography project of a husband-and-wife duo.
The Wasco clown has copycats within Bakersfield, and outskirts who wield weapons such as machetes and guns. However, no real crime has been committed by them so far.
2.The rodeo clown who donned an Obama mask
Tuffy Gessling – a rodeo clown was banished from the Missouri State Fair for life for donning an Obama mask in 2013. The clown was presented by an announcer who quizzed the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” Later Gessling with the mask on was chased around by bulls in a pen.
3.The fast food mascot portrayed by weatherman Willard Scott
McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald has always been rather eerie regardless his incarnation, but the first Ronald McDonald – as played by Today Show weatherman Willard Scott – turns the creep factor up to 11. (Before this Scott played Bozo the Clown, the much sought-after television personality of the era, of which Ronald McDonald was an obvious rip-off.)
4.The American Horror story clown who terrified television audiences
American Horror Story: Freak Show kicked-off with a bang when it presented one of the eeriest clowns ever to hit the small (or big) screen, Twisty. John Carroll Lynch played the murderous Twisty the Clown, whose backstory is still not known, however, American Horror Story creator Ryan says, we will very soon. “There’s a big story that explains why he’s doing what he’s doing,” Murphy said, adding that his backstory is “somewhat based on an urban myth.”
Anyway, Glenn Kohlberger, president of Clowns of America International, the nation’s biggest clown club feels that introduction of Twisty, has added to ”clown fear”.
The clown makes one of his maiden appearances in a storm drain in the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s It as a manifestation of six-year-old Georgie Denbrough’s greatest fear. Pennywise lures the watchful but curious boy to the drain by dangling carrots like cotton candy and balloons before proceeding to rip his arm off.
Later it is revealed that IT is a demon who dresses oneself as a clown to tempt kids to their deaths, but that is only one of its physical forms. The kids who were first introduced to IT dressed as Pennywise later spot IT in its real, monstrous, spider-like form.
6.The clown that received a 10 year sentence for kidnapping and rape
In 2011 Jose Guadalupe Jimenez of Anaheim, CA a clown by profession was nabbed in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl in Orange County, CA in 2002. Jimenez whose stage-name was ‘El Tin Larin’ was detained after his DNA was matched to the evidence from the attack.
In January 2002 the clown allegedly grabbed a girl at a fast-food stand near about midnight, then drove to a nearby school parking lot and raped her. Police confiscated a series of costumes and masks Jimenez donned when he played clown at children’s parties to spot potential victims.
7.The serial killer who loved to entertain at children’s parties
Full-time rogue and serial killer John Wayne Gacy worked as a part-time clown known as Pogo who entertained at children’s parties.
Gacy was looked on as a hard working, law abiding member of the community. He had a family, ran three Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets, and worked with a civic organization that focused on community service and developing business skills. He threw neighborhood parties, and was a member of the “Jolly Joker” clown club, where he would dress up as a Pogo, entertain at local charity events, and freely visit sick kids at the local hospital.
However, in reality he was a different person – Gacy raped and murdered at least 33 teenage boys over a 6 year time span, and stored the remnants of almost all of them in the crawlspace of his home.
He was arrested in 1978 and while on death row he painted numerous oil paintings of himself as Pogo which to date continue to sell among murderabilia fans.
8.The Brooklyn clown who wandered a local cemetery
Clowns and cemeteries usually don’t mix, however, in Brooklyn in the summer of 2014, a balloon wielding clown was giving the creeps to people while prowling around Green-Wood Cemetery.
The clown who has not be identified so far wore a polka-dot jumpsuit with multicolored shoes and circled a mausoleum on the west end of the sprawling cemetery before drifting off among the aging headstones. His jaunt was videotaped.
9.The “kid loving” clown who exists only in song
The re-release of 1976 album Stuffed included two new tracks: “Dead Puppies” and “Kinko the Clown,” a song about a clown that loves to entertain kids a little too much. This was the handiwork of novelty/comedy band and Dr. Demento radio show favorite Ogden Edsl.
10.The comedy legend whose cinematic turn as a clown was an abysmal failure
In 1972 Jerry Lewis’ played a down-on-his-luck German circus clown named Helmut Doork in the film The Day The Clown Cried. Simpsons voice actor and comedian Harry Shearer who watched the rough cut described it like: ‘If you flew down to Tijuana and suddenly saw a painting on black velvet of Auschwitz, you’d just think ‘My God, wait a minute! It’s not funny, and it’s not good, and somebody’s trying too hard in the wrong direction to convey this strongly-held feeling.” Ouch!
In the movie Doork is apprehended for mocking the Nazis and thrown into a concentration camp. He later gets on a train headed to Auschwitz carrying children, and – on arrival – is forced to entertain them, Pied Piper-style, as they are led to the gas chambers. In the ending scene, Helmut joins them in the gas chamber.
Anyway, Lewis has vowed the film will never see the light of day: “In terms of that film, I was embarrassed. I was ashamed of the work and I was grateful that I had the power to contain it all and never let anybody see it. It was bad, bad, bad. It could have been powerful, but I slipped up.”
Puddles (of Puddles Pity Party) is an enormous 7-foot tall singing clown who is a quiet-type – rarely speaks. Nicknamed ”Big Mike” Geier, he is a vocalist, bandleader, and performance artist from Atlanta whose rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” went viral in 2013.