Creepy clowns spotted in my town now

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Eugene, Oregon
October 5, 2016 2:57pm CST
I was surprised to see a front page item with a headline about creepy clowns right here in our sort of river city. One report was so ridiculous though. A University of Oregon student was on the phone, walking near the student union, talking to his out of state mom. He mentioned that "two people dressed as creepy clowns were handing out fliers from a booth in front of the building. She warned him to stay away from them, then hung up and called the Campus Police. Sounds like a long distance helicopter parent. Other, maybe really creepy ones, have been spotted in small nearby towns over the weekend. Back in the 1970s, there was a man named John Wayne Gacy near Chicago, who worked as a children's party clown. He was also a mass murderer who killed at least 33 boys and young men according to CNN. I wonder if he was the first really "creepy clown?"
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@sallypup (28647)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Oct 16
I ran into a facebook post just a bit ago. A person had posted a photo of a clown peering in her glassed front door. Scared her something awful. Right in my little town. What a way to get attention.
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Oct 16
No kidding, that could get a person shot at where you live.
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@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
5 Oct 16
@sallyup that is scary and I hope this person will stop during this.
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@sallypup (28647)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic When I talked with the Corvallis real estate folks I asked- nice as I could- if there were dangerous areas that were not so smart to buy a house in. I think they were not faking when they acted shocked at my question. I told them that my town has an area where there has been gang related shootings.
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@teamfreak16 (41526)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Oct 16
We were just talking about this. Apparently, they are all over the place.
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Oct 16
Oh nooo, is the invasion of the clowns soon to be followed by the zombie apocalypse? Jimmy Buffett has a great song called "Apocalypso"
Song:Apocalypso Artist: Jimmy Buffett Album: Fruitcakes
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@teamfreak16 (41526)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic - I haven't heard that in a long time. My girlfriend loves Jimmy Buffet. Plays him on the bar jukebox every time we go.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
@teamfreak16 Great! I would love to see him.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Oct 16
We had an incident here on Friday of last week. It was found that the threats were posted to social media and they came from outside the state, they were found to not be credible. I will provide the link, the section listed as Mesa, is my area. It seems that most of the stuff is just fake, at least here in Colorado according to this news clipping. I don't find it funny one way or the other, fake or real.
Colorado is now joining other states who are reporting social media threats of creepy clowns coming to schools.
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
It is all very strange and contradictory it seems.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
5 Oct 16
Wow, a serial killer clown. It doesn't get much creepier than that. I've been thinking about where clown fears come from. Are children scared of clowns or is it something that develops as we get older, once we gain a sense of what a dangerous place the world is and how much weirdness is out there? I find clowns quite freaky now but I don't remember finding them scary as a kid, although I never liked them much, always thought they were the dullest part of a circus performance.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Oct 16
I also don't remember being afraid of clowns when I was younger. Not that I'm afraid of them now, although I find some to be creepy.
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Oct 16
I wonder if all those movies about killer clowns inspired the fear, that and John Wayne Gacy in the US.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic, I was to young for John Wayne Gacy back in the 70's, I have no recollection of those events, but the name is familiar. As for movies the only movie that comes to mind is "IT" I believe it was written by Steven King, I never read that book, nor saw the movie. I really don't like scary movies, whether they have clowns or anything else. I think I heard about a clown killing someone in Philadelphia, but that is the only one I heard about and not even sure if that is real or not.
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@just4him (127288)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Oct 16
I wouldn't doubt it. Is it because of Halloween?
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
That could well be it. Early celebrations.
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@vandana7 (67734)
• India
6 Oct 16
I still think in the national interests, some licensing to wear clothes that do not allow others to recognize should be made mandatory.
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@vandana7 (67734)
• India
6 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic .. There has to be facial description available for identifying a criminal. What if the guy happens to be child abductor, or a rapist. How do we know and describe? I think somewhere we need to have a balance considering our security. Now that terrorism is an issue, we need to be able to nab the person, right?
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@Ronrybs (7511)
• London, England
5 Oct 16
I am wondering if this is a US thing. Can't say I have ever heard of them over here
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Oct 16
It's the ones you don't see that will get you...be watchful (followed by evil chuckle).
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@TheHorse (72542)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 16
I think it is. We're a big country. Lots of nuts here.
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@Ronrybs (7511)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
@TheHorse There's always plenty of nuts to go around!
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@marlina (78244)
• Canada
6 Oct 16
This is creeping me out.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
There do seem to be a lot of reports.
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@RubyHawk (29546)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Oct 16
I read in the paper about creepy clowns showing up in several towns.Lets hope there are no more John Wayne Gacys.
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@JudyEv (134903)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct 16
What with all these sightings, regular clowns are going to be getting a bad name. It's a shame if clowns become 'bad guys' instead of fun entertainers.
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@TheHorse (72542)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 16
Clowns have always scared the Hell out of me anyway. I'd be more traumatized if there were Creepy Willie the Poohs out there. I'd shoot on sight.
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@JudyEv (134903)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct 16
@TheHorse And I thought you were tough! :)
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@vandana7 (67734)
• India
6 Oct 16
@JudyEv ..Pony tough? He is fragile like a butterfly..I am the rough and tough female Arnie.
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@LadyDuck (177364)
• Switzerland
6 Oct 16
I blame the movies for the bad reputation they gave to the clowns. I remember when I was a kid that we considered the clowns happy characters, no more in our days.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
Yes the movies have ruined it for clowns.
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@TheHorse (72542)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 16
What exactly are these creepy clowns doing, other than being creepy? Is there really a link between them?
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
Mostly I think it is people playing pranks, but each time it happens police must respond if someone calls. I have not heard of any links. The ones at the university were handing our fliers for some legitimate reason. People get scared for little reason sometimes.
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@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
5 Oct 16
What is up with people dressing like clowns are they trying to hide something or get way with doing silly things.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
Good question!
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@TRBRocks420 (82989)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Oct 16
I hate Clowns, but yes I heard about these things popping up in Portland.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
Portland too? I had not heard. Strange.
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Oct 16
That was weird, it is better to be safe this time. We cannot trust anyone especially this time bad elements scatter anywhere wanting to kill innocents.
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@jstory07 (70095)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Oct 16
I would not want to see any creepy clowns they are trouble.
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@Inlemay (17051)
• South Africa
6 Oct 16
All clowns are creepy!
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@DeborahDiane (23835)
• Laguna Woods, California
6 Oct 16
I had forgotten about John Wayne Gacy. Yes, he was definitely a creepy clown. I imagine that 99% of the clowns we are hearing about are college kids who are just enjoying Halloween a little early. However, it is that 1% who can be dangerous that has everyone freaked out.
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@celticeagle (119880)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Oct 16
Sometimes parents get too hands on. Yes, I recall John Wayne Gacy. He was a situation. Those types tend to get away with it until a victim is able to get away.
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@vandana7 (67734)
• India
6 Oct 16
It is halloween prank but still kids need to be taken care of I suppose.
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• Bhubaneshwar, India
6 Oct 16
mommie, you're beautiful..!!
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@vandana7 (67734)
• India
6 Oct 16
@anya12adwi .. Now...don't think that will increase your pocket money...lol
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• Bhubaneshwar, India
6 Oct 16
@vandana7 now that you mentioned about pocket money, you should reconsider giving me pocket money..!!
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@PatZAnthony (13056)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
6 Oct 16
It seems some are taking advantage of the story and joining in?
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
Perhaps, but they are putting themselves in some jeopardy. I just heard that one was arrested in Portland and another in the southern Oregon city of Medford.
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