Today’s Clown News In Full
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Leaders of clowns gathered for a convention in Mexico City said yesterday that they were saddened that a killer disguised himself as a clown to kill a drug lord last week, and insisted no true member of their profession would have committed the crime.
The convicted drug trafficker Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was shot to death on Friday in the Baja beach resort of Los Cabos by a gunman wearing a clown costume, including a wig and a red rubber nose.
Meanwhile, fans are trying to preserve the ‘Black Pete’ clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays. This reflects the emotional attachment most Dutch have to a figure that helped launch the tradition of Santa Claus.
Back in the UK, a man dressed as a clown styled on Stephen King’s horror clown Pennywise has been spooking residents by posing late at night around a town and waving at passers-by. The figure has been spotted around Northampton – and one woman claimed he offered to paint her windowsills after knocking on her front door, despite having no equipment on him.
And over in London’s East End, clowns attended an annual church service in memory of the legendary English clown Joseph Grimaldi at the Holy Trinity Church in Dalston, east London. I thought it was usually held in February?
These sinister/horror clown stories may have something to do with the fact that it’s Hallowe’en next week, and journalists can’t be bothered to report anything else.
In non-clown-related news, Bryant & May lost out for the second time this year at last night’s ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. The winner was a Scottish bloke (actually his book was very good, I just can’t remember the name of it). Just as I heard I hadn’t won, someone knocked a bottle of red wine over me, which accounts for the shocked look you’ll see on your TV screens this Sunday night.