Ever wondered why clowns became scary? It was bothering me recently having heard the news that they may be remaking the film IT a classic scare movie from my childhood. One of the things that always struck me about clowns is that they always look out of place, so if you stick one in the background with a menacing look and perhaps a knife in his hand it's sure to terrify.
So i did a bit of searching and found out that in the 70's there was a guy called John Wayne Gracy who was a childs entertainer. Of course he was american and a psycho and he killed and abused at least 33 children. Living on top of 26 of his hidden bodies this guy was a real sicko. His character was called "Pogo the clown" and he had been a child entertainer after such career highlights as democrat politician, mortuary assistant where he slept in a cot next to dead bodies and manager of 3 KFC outlets. This guy was a real sicko and his first victim, whose surname was Voorhees also renowned in the Horror world, managed to get him sent to Jail. He had a long record before becoming a clown and its crazy nowadays to think this guy was let anywhere near children. He is a prime candidate for the introduction of those websites with the big red dot above known offenders houses were invented.
The Book IT was written by Stephen King in the late 80's a good period of time since Pogo the clown. It has been suggested in a lot of surveys that more children find clowns scary than actually find them entertaining. Just look at your local McDonalds when was the last time you saw Ronald greeting the kids?
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