the Legend: Everybody Loves A Clown
It’s a race of ancient Hindu creatures. They appear
in human form, they feed on human flesh, they can make
themselves invisible, and they cannot enter a home without
first being invited to.”
are completely evil and are infamous for disturbing sacrifices,
desecrating graves, harassing priests, possessing human
beings, and so on. They are also known to be powerful
creatures that delight in spreading fear, confusion, chaos,
and destruction among human families and communities,
finishing the trouble they cause in a murderous, ghoulish
feast upon human flesh. Because of their delight in the
mental torture of their victims, Rakshasas are considered
to be the most feared of all creatures.
are also shapeshifters. They prefer their human forms
to all others, due the ability to freely mix and participate
in human affairs. The most common appearances that Rakshasas
take on, however, is that of a tiger and that of a monkey.
their natural form most Rakshasas have poisonous fingernails
just love that flesh
live in squalor. They sleep on a bed of dead insects and
they have to feed a few times every 20 to 30 years –
slow metabolism, I guess.”
common goal of a Rakshasa is to take on a human guise
and cause as much division and hatred as possible, especially
within one family or group they have chosen as victim.
The final goal is to have this hatred erupt into brutal
violence, once the violence is over the rakshasa settles
down to its ghoulish feast.
most common method that the Rakshasa uses in it’s
“hunt” for human flesh involves using their
formidable mental abilities to disguise themselves as
a trusted friend or companion. They usually only keep
that ruse up long enough to get the victim alone, and
then they will strike.
to hunt a rakshasa
goes a dagger made of pure brass.”
thing that makes a Rakshasa an even bigger pain in the
neck is that they cannot be affected by most magical spells,
although some magical weapons can fry these suckers. Luckily,
all Rakasahas have a common weakness- in that any crossbow
bolt blessed by a priest will kill them… instantly!
origin of rakshasas
to The Ramayana (an ancient Sanskrit epic), Rakshasas
were created from the Brahma’s foot. While other
sources state that they descended from Pulastya, Khasa,
Nirriti, or Nirrita. Another source states that a Rakshasa
was a particularly wicked human being in a previous incarnation.
are a highly organized evil race of spirits. They are
an honorable race in their own way and are very devoted
to their own dark gods, never mind that they view humans
as nothing more than livestock! The female rakashasas
easily outnumber the males about two to one.
are immortal, each spirit is eventually born anew in the
body of a newborn rakshasa and will grow to have full
memory of its previous lives. They have been known to
hold grudges over a span of many lifetimes, and will almost
certainly try to avenge their previous deaths.
An extreme fear of clowns,
induced by heavy makeup, nose, and a wig used to conceal
a wearer's identity.
Phantom Clowns accost New
told him an urban legend about a homicidal phantom clown.”
Let’s face it, deep
down inside we’ve always suspected that clowns were
up to no good. Whether, it’s the frightening wigs,
the garish outfits, or the nightmarish face paint, there’s
just something creepy and disturbing about these so-called
happy hobos and harlequins. In 1981, people’s deep-rooted
fear of clowns seemed to be justified, as a rash of evil-clown
sightings swept across the country. In the following report,
Loren Coleman, a noted delver into the unknown tracks
the bizarre case of these masquerading menaces.
In the spring of 1981, Boston,
Massachusetts, appears to have been the port of entry
for a strange new version of the Pied Piper story. During
the first week of May, some individuals in multicolored
clothes began trying to entice schoolchildren into coming
along with them.
On May 6, 1981, the Boston
police, responding to persistent complaints, warned parents
and school officials that men in clown suits were harassing
elementary schoolchildren. One of the men was seen wearing
a clown suit just from the waist up; from the waist down
he was naked. According to reports, the clown had driven
a black van near the recreational horseshoe site of Franklin
Park in the Roxbury area of Boston. He also appeared in
the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston near the Mary
F. Curley School.
A day earlier, in the adjoining
city of Brookline, two clown men reportedly tried to lure
children into their van with offers of candy. The Brookline
police had a good description of the van: older model,
black, with ladders on the side, a broken front headlight,
and no hubcaps. After the clown men and van had been seen
near the Lawrence Elementary School on Longwood Avenue
in Brookline, the police told school administrators to
be “extra cautious.”
By May, 8 reports of clown
men in vans harassing children had come in from East Boston,
Charlestown, Cambridge, Randolph, and other cities near
Boston. Police were stopping vehicles with clowns delivering
birthday greetings and “clown-a-grams,” but
no child molesters were arrested.
Frustrated policemen finally
pointed out that virtually all of the reported sightings
originated with children aged five to seven. The headlines
in the May 9 issue of the Boston Globe told the story:
POLICE DISCOUNT REPORTS OF CLOWNS BOTHERING KIDS. The
public had been calmed, and that was the end of the story.
Or so the papers could have had us believe.
The focus of activity now
shifts a thousand miles west to Kansas City, Kansas, and
Kansas City, Missouri. On the afternoon of May 22, police
cruisers on the Missouri side crisscrossed the city chasing
a knife-wielding clown in a yellow van that had been reported
at six different elementary schools. Earlier in the day,
at eight thirty, a mother had watched a yellow van approach
her children as they walked to a school bus stop. The
van stopped, and someone inside spoke to her two girls,
who then screamed and fled; the vehicle sped away.
The children told their
mother that a man dressed as a clown and carrying a knife
had ordered them inside. By noon the police had received
dozens of similar reports- of a clown in a yellow van.
The calls did not taper off until five o’ clock
Residents of the two Kansas
cities called it the Killer Clown Affair. Some parents
in Kansas were even keeping their children out of school.
Before long, “group hysteria” was touted as
the explanation for the reports. But incidents continued.
The police and volunteers were never able to capture any
clowns, but witnesses insisted the costumed figures they
had seen were real and not imaginary.
The story of the phantom
clowns went unnoticed on a national scale until I began
getting a hint we were in the midst of a major new phenomenon.
Slowly, after contacting fellow researchers by phone and
mail, I discovered that the phantom clown enigma went
beyond Boston and Kansas City. Indeed, the reports filtering
in demonstrated that a far-reaching mystery was developing.
Local media in the individual cities were not aware they
were living through a series of events that were occurring
nationwide. The national media was not spreading the word,
but something quite unusual happened in America in the
spring of 1981.
But what was it that happened?
Was it a group hysteria, as some newsmen would have us
believe? Or more? Phantom clowns in at least six major
cities, spanning over a thousand miles of America in the
space of one month, is quite a mystery. Were the “clowns
in vans” sighted elsewhere in the United States?
Are they still being seen? Only time will tell.
Today people kindly try
to inform me that the phantom clown sightings of 1981,
were just mass hysteria caused by Stephen King’s
It, which tells a scary story about a clown who tries
to abduct children. But the first editions of Mr. King’s
book were not published until 1986. So much for that theory.
Since those sightings in
1981, the world has become a much different place for
children. The very real school violence and satanic scares
of the last decades have taken a toll on innocence. Phantom
clowns were sinister enough in 1981; in the twenty-first
century, they are downright terrifying.
Perhaps the phantom clowns
have something to tell us. Certainly the shadowy monklike
figures mentioned so often in occult literature have become
almost too commonplace and familiar. The Men in Black
terrorizing UFO witnesses from their Cadillacs may be
too obviously sinister. The denizens of the netherworld
have apparently dreamed up a new nightmare to shock us.
Leagues of phantom clowns in vans thus have now joined
the scores of Fortean, ufological, and flying saucer “people”
for a new chapter in the story. The cosmic joker is alive
an well, and living in a clown suit.
NEW ENGLAND. Introduction by Joseph A. Citro. Article
by Loren Coleman. Transferred by Dean5339
The first week of May, 1981,
Daniel O'Connell, the Investigative Counselor of the Boston
Public School Board, alerted the district's principals
that "it has been brought to the attention of the
police department and the district office that adults
dressed as clowns have been bothering children to and
from school. Please advise all students that they must
stay away from strangers, especially ones dressed as clowns."
City-wide bulletins were
issued by police seeking a man allegedly dressed in a
clown suit from the waist up but otherwise naked, reportedly
driving a black van in the Franklin park area of Roxbury
on May 6. He was also repeatedly seen near an elementary
school in Jamaica Plains.
Coleman quotes LaTanya Johnson,
a then-sixth grade student at Fairfax Elementary School,
who told the Kansas City Star of her sighting of the clown:
He was by the fence and ran down through the big yard
when some of the kids ran over there. He ran toward a
yellow van. He was dressed in a black shirt with a devil
on the front. He had two candy canes down each side of
his pants. The pants were black too, I think; I don't
remember much about his face.
The May 7 Boston Globe coverage
states: Various reports about one or two men wearing clown
outfits and driving a black van have been called in to
authorities throughout the Greater Boston area for the
past few weeks.
“We’ve had rumors,
but nothing substantiated,” said Cambridge Police
Captain Alan Hughes, on May 8 or 9. “Some schools
in Cambridge were in a panic two or three weeks ago. It’s
died down now…A woman in Jefferson Park called to
say she’d seen a clown and we sent a car up there.
Then she said, “Maybe I was imagining it.”
Officer O’Toole, a
spokesman for the Boston Police, was quoted as saying:
No adult or police officer has ever seen a clown. We’ve
had calls saying there was a clown. We’ve had calls
saying that there was a clown at a certain intersection
and we happened to have police cars sitting there, and
the officers saw nothing. We’ve had over 20 calls
on 911. When the officers get there, no one tells them
But Coleman makes a significant
observation that suggests something else was going on:
The story of the phantom clowns went unnoticed on a national
scale until I began getting a hint we were in the midst
of a major flap of a new phenomenon. Slowly, after contacting
fellow researchers by phone and mail, I discovered the
phantom clown enigma went beyond Boston, Kansas City,
and Omaha. Indeed, the reports filtering into me demonstrated
that a far reaching mystery was developing. In the individual
cities, the local media were not aware they were living
through a series of puzzling events that were occurring
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