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The Continuing Clown Craze - A Publicity Stunt?

Since August, there have been reports of creepy clowns from around the U.S. and other parts of the world. Earlier this month I posted a couple of articles on the subject (see them here and here), but haven't had any up after that, because I haven't been able to follow and find the time to go over all the reports.

Creepy clown sightings continue...

Reports are still coming in, with the following being one example.

"DANBURY TWP. - Danbury police are on the lookout for clowns wielding machetes in the township.
" Police were called to Port Clinton Eastern Road Saturday night by a man who claimed two armed clowns chased his vehicle down the road, according the the incident report.
"The caller said two people, who dressed in all black with clown masks, chased his car with weapons in hand. The clowns reportedly ran north through a yard toward Van Glahn Road following the chase.
"Police responded and searched the area with the K-9 unit. 
"The police dog picked up scents for both suspects and followed them north out of the area.
"'The K-9 worked the area back and forth, but then it appeared as though the suspects headed in different directions,' Officer Josh Young said."

SOURCE:  Sandusky Register

But why are there clowns all over the country? A Halloween shop owner in Littleton, Colorado says he has the answer. Fox 31 Denver reports that Greg Reinke, co-owner of Reinke Bros., says that the creepy clown phenomena started last March (2015) at the Transworld Halloween and Attaction Show in St. Louis, the idea appeared as a "great way to stir up business."

Reinke said:

"The Joke's on you guys. And mostly the media because the media didn't want to listen to what really was because it wasn't a story then..... Sales are up. Everybody's talking about clowns. If true, this publicity stunt could be right up there with H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds." 

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