One Tuesday night, the Greenville Police Department reportedly received two new calls about clown sightings at Shemwood Apartments, within hours of each other.The story has proven too irresistible for even The New York Times, which added these horrible details to the mix:
Callers said kids started chasing two clowns through the complex before the clowns ran to a wooden fence and broke through it to get away. One clown was waiting in a car and the other two clowns jumped in and they took off. Witnesses said the car appeared to be a newer-model black Honda.
The children told officers one clown had a red nose and red hair but no face paint.
A woman walking home late one night said she had seen a “large-figured” clown waving at her from under a streetlight, the police said. (She waved back.) And another woman said her son had heard clanging chains and a banging noise at his front door.Clanging chains!
According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, a man dressed as a clown tried to lure two kids into the woods near the 1200 block of East 29th Street Sunday night.Worth noting: as of yet, there is no conclusive photo or video evidence of these clowns in either Carolina. It could be some kind of bizarre mass hysteria or a copycat crime. Or maybe there is a hidden subculture of murderous clowns who have decided that now is their moment to rise up and terrorize us. Who’s to say!
According to the two kids, the man had on white overalls, white gloves, red shoes with red bushy hair, a white face, and a red nose. They told police he offered them treats if they would come into the woods. Police say an adult heard, but did not see the man.