Although bizarre, out of place clown sightings are nothing new. The summer of 2016 has certainly provided us with remarkably disturbing and noteworthy encounters.
The first incredibly disturbing account happened at a South Carolina apartment complex. This is a statement from one of the parents of the children.
“‘Mama, there’s clowns out there in the woods and they’re trying to get us to come out there.’ Some had chains, some had knives, and some were holding out money, saying, ‘Come here, we’ve got candy for you,’ but they wouldn’t go.”
Much like the adults in Stephen Kings “It”, the children’s claims of seeing clowns was met with skepticism, until they themselves started seeing and hearing the culprits.
Sightings soon cropped up in North Carolina and Ohio. An Ohio teen claimed to have seen and been chased by someone wearing clown garb and wielding a knife.
I recently came across this sighting while scrolling through my instagram feed. This happened just yesterday, Saturday morning, October 1st. 2016. Sure it would be easy to fake. But in light of all these recent sightings, it makes the encounter genuinely creepy.
The Wyoming incident was the 2006 high jacking of a news station that broadcasted to all of Niobrara County in northeastern Wyoming. The transmit ion lasted just under six minutes, the footage showing disembodied heads making strange faces, cryptic text, and eerie music.
This incident might have come and gone, had it not been for complaints coming in from the people who witnessed the transmission. The claims of the effected were nausea, vomiting and headaches. Some even claimed to have hallucinations. The broadcast appeared to be causing these effects, as it was transmitted at 17 and 19 Hz, a frequency that is said to have similar effects on the senses.
The people who transmitted this broadcast have never been caught…and that’s because it was a hoax… to be more specific, it was a hoax that was an ARG. If you don’t know what an ARG is, it is basically a game that uses the Internet as a platform for a type of scavenger hunt.
If you want to know to know more about this Internet myth, I have included link to a statement by the creator in the info box. You can hear the makers of “The Wyoming Incident” explain themselves in their own words. Enjoy.
Slender man is arguably the biggest horror based Internet meme created so far. He was born from a 2009 Internet contest wherein the contestants were asked to create the best Photoshop compositions depicting something weird and or paranormal. From the mind of a contestant known as “Victor Surge” came, “The Slender Man”. The contest came and went but Slenderman lives on.
The concept of the Slenderman was introduced to me by the hugely popular YouTube channel “Marble Hornets”. This channel even went on to create a video on demand movie. For the most part, The Slenderman just seems to mentally torture his victims, much like an ongoing haunting. Taking this method of terror into account, it seems like the Slenderman is much like the Freddy Kruger character that haunts your dreams. However, there is a huge difference, as in the end, Freddy leaves you very much dead, in a pool of your own blood and viscera.
Probably the most disturbing aspect of the slenderman is its ties to a real life attempted murder when two 12-year-old females stabbed another one of their female classmates 19 times. The two girls lured her into the woods to commit the act, luckily, the girl was able to crawl to safety in spite of her wounds and she survived the attack. In court, the two girls claimed that they were afraid the slenderman would kill their families if they didn’t commit the murder. They were both diagnosed as mentally ill and claimed to have communication with the slenderman, one of the teenage mutant ninja turtles and Lord Voldemort.