Fear Of Clowns Turns Deadly?

February 21, 2007

This story has got to be one of the weirdest murders I’ve ever heard of: Colombia clowns killed on stage. (Hat Tip: reffric)

Two circus clowns have been shot dead during a performance in the eastern Colombian city of Cucuta, police say.

The attacker jumped into the arena and fired before fleeing, police chief Jose Humberto Henao told Efe news agency.

Local reports say the audience of about 20 people, mostly children, thought the shooting was part of the show before realising both men had been killed.

Maybe this was a case of some gambling debt or some love triangle, but the fact that it was done in plain sight makes this a weird case.  I think that detail, plus the fact that there were two clowns shot, makes me want to look at coulrophobia as a possible element:

Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.[1] In discussions of causes of coulrophobia, sufferers seem to agree that the most fear-inducing aspect of clowns is the heavy makeup, often accompanied by the bulbous nose and weird color of hair, that conceals the wearer’s identity.

One possible suspect would be SNL’s very own Jack Handy, who famously pondered:

To me, clowns aren’t funny. In fact, they’re kind of scary. I’ve wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.

Or, you might want to check out these people: ihateclowns.com


  1. This is sad. I’m not a big fan of clowns, because I always think about Gacy whenever I see a clown. Still, it’s funny in a morbid sense– you’re a clown, and someone shoots you dead. Go figure. When they start executing insurance agents (I’m sure there is a fear of insurance agents word!) I’ll get worried!

    Whew. When I first glanced at coulrophobia, I thought I read coprophobia– which is a fear of, well, you know!

  2. I agree with you on that,my friend and I are 10 well she is 9 but we looked up evil clowns and we got scared on one of the pictures looked like the clown we saw at the playground last night ……… so me and her was throwing rocks at a post stand above us and we both looked at a like a figure of a red nose and face!

  3. I used to fear clowns, but my fear was irrational. It was because of the stupid clown movies and my sisters. x.x You have a real reason to fear clowns. Don’t let it get the best of you.

    Ps- I found your blog while I was doing my own blog entry about Coulrophobia hee.

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