- These were the latest in a rash of incidents involving a man wearing clown makeup and a wig approaching children in various parts of the city. In the incidents, the clown is carrying balloons and attempting to lure the children into his car.
There have been two incidents on the city's South Side, in the 8300 block of South Mackinaw Avenue and the 10000 block of South Normal Avenue, police said. In both incidents, on Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, the children ran and called 911, police said.
Last week Harrison Area detectives issued an alert for a man matching a similar description.
It seems that this might be part of a growing urban legend though:
- A police source said at this point, the latest reports are being investigated accordingly and cannot be dismissed. But another source close to the investigation said the two reports from the city's West Side are now believed to be bogus.
Investigators recall similar reports just before Halloween in 1991. There was an avalanche of reports of someone looking like popular TV character "Homey D. Clown," a Damon Wayans character from the early 1990s comedy show "In Living Color," approaching kids across the city. No such perpetrator was ever found.
Never trust a clown. They're always the bad guys in horror movies for a reason.
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