A clown is terrorizing a town in Britain. Yes, you read that correctly. Called the "Northampton Clown," someone is dressing up in a clown costume and is creeping out the residents of Northampton. Not to fear, though--another Northampton resident has decided to become the superhero "Boris the Clown Catcher" and catch the Northampton Clown.
There is a Facebook page for the clown where users can discuss Northampton Clown sightings and post pictures. Some people have reported that the creepy clown says, "Beep, beep" when it approaches people, which is a line from Stephen King "IT" miniseries that features a child-killing clown.
While the idea of a clown walking around that isn't on its way to a kid's birthday party is strange, some people are genuinely afraid of the Northampton Clown and say they would shoot him or "run him down" if they see him. It's a good thing the clown has decided to remain anonymous.
The Facebook page mentioned above was started on Friday the 13th, and the creator of the page claims to be the clown in question. There have been three police reports of a clown knocking on people's doors at night, which the clown on Facebook denies.
To make a bizarre story stranger, there may actually be two clowns hanging around Northampton. According to the clown behind the Facebook page, "Its not me in the papers! I don't terrorise people I just want to be spotted." The clown from the Facebook page also said, "Too much hate, not enough love. No, I don't have a knife on me. That’s just stupid rumours spread by stupid people."
So there may be one run-of-the-mill clown who just enjoys creeping people out and another clown who has a knife and perhaps more devious intentions. Plus, there is Boris the Clown Catcher. Hopefully for the residents (and Boris) there is just the one clown, with no knife, and people's imaginations are getting the best of them. Either way, between a clown prowling the streets and a superhero whose purpose is to catch clowns, it must be interesting being a resident of Northampton.
What do you think about the Northampton clown--do you find it humorous or creepy? Add your comments below.
We'll be honest... we're actually watching the repeat for any signs of the #northamptonclown. *shivers*
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) September 15, 2013
a clown roaming cities?? why does Britain get to have all the fun?
— Tayloorr (@woahhitstay) September 18, 2013
How am I supposed to change the world when the Northampton Clown is doing it for me?
— Marina Mularz (@MarinaMularz) September 19, 2013