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11/02/09 - Article No: 462

The Killer Clown and the Babysitter Story - Superstitious Email Hoax

Filed under: Superstitious Email Hoax

Scary stories often enjoy moderate success as chain emails, serving as warnings or just entertaining anecdotes, and the story of the killer clown and the babysitter is a notorious example. The actually story itself varies depending on what variant you read, with the main difference being the babysitters fate. The example below outlines a common deviation -



Subject: Fw: clown

this creepy or what?

A few years ago a mother and a father decided they needed a break, so they wanted to head out for a night on the town. So they called their most trusted babysitter. When the babysitter arrived the two children were already fast asleep in bed. So the babysitter just got to sit around and make sure everything was okay with the children.

Later in the night, the babysitter got bored and so she wanted to watch tv but she couldnt watch it downstairs because they didnt have cable downstairs (the parents didnt want their children watching too much garbage) so she called them and asked them if she could watch cable tv in the parents room. Of course the parents said it was ok, but the babysitter had one final request. She asked if she could cover up the large clown statue in their bedroom with a blanket or cloth, because it made her nervous. The phone line was silent for a moment, and the father (who was talking to the babysitter at the time) said..... take the children and get out of the house..... we\'ll call the police... we dont have a clown statue..... the children and the babysitter got murdered by the clown. it turned out 2 be that the clown was a killer that escaped from jail.

if you dont repost to 10 peeps within 5 minutes the clown will be standing next 2 your bed at 3:00am with a knife in his hand....


Of course it is unlikely that this story ever occured (why would a prison escapee be dressed as a clown?) and we could find no evidence of a real story resembling this tale. Additionally the claim at the end (which again differs depending on the variant) is just silly garble designed to scare people into spreading the email. Best advice is to just ignore.

Also see our Top Ten Spooky Emails




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