At this point in history, I think we can all agree that clowns are straight nightmare fuel, from the creepy clowns in horror movies to the creepy clowns that lurk on street corners and in cemeteries across America. There may have been a time when clowns brought joy to the world with their clownish antics, but that is no longer a thing.
That all makes it extra-creepy when a (poorly worded) letter shows up on your front door warning you that a clown has been spotted in the neighborhood luring children into the woods. A group of residents in Greenville, South Carolina received such a letter this week, according to Fox Carolina.
To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor
There has [sic] been several conversation [sic] and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments children's [sic] safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding [sic] the property daily. Remember there is a 10pm curfew for the property so to ensure your children's [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents.
Although it seems like it could be a hoax, one woman who lives in the complex seems to have confirmed the clown sightings, telling the station her son told her about seeing the clown behind a basketball court before she'd "had about 30 kids come up to me and say, 'Did you see the clown in the woods?'"
Citing an investigative report from local police, the station also noted that deputies took a report from a mother who'd seen clowns in the woods shining green laser lights, a resident who'd seen a "large figured" clown with a blinking nose near the dumpsters, and neighborhood children who said the clowns tried to lure them into the woods with "large amounts of money."
It gets weirder.
The children advised they believed the clowns lived in an old house near a pond, accessible via a trial behind the apartment complex.
According to the investigative report, deputies also received two prior calls about clowns in the area and one call about gunshots being fired at clowns.