Halloween is over, so let's hope the clown hysteria is on its way out as well. After all, clowning around can get you stabbed. But even if you're not the one making the clown threats, you can face clown-related charges—as one woman who lied about being attacked by clowns is learning.
Back on Oct. 15, Amie Jones of Oklahoma claimed to be the victim of an especially brutal clown attack. According to KOTV, at the time, Jones claimed that two clowns dragged her out of her vehicle, tied her up and choked her. She claimed they beat her up, put out their cigarettes on one of her cheeks and cut her other cheek. They even wrote the words "clown posse" on her forehead, Jones said. She told KOTV at the time, "I almost thought, 'this isn't real,' because we're talking about this for a long time, about how crazy this is."
Well, it turns out, it wasn't real.
Now KOTV reports that the supposed victim was lying after all. Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed said Jones' story was riddled with inconsistencies: "It was lie, after lie, after lie, after lie, after lie."
For example, Jones first said her window was down when the clowns showed up, but later said the clowns knocked on her window. First she said they were wearing clown makeup, and then she said they were wearing clown masks. Jones struggled to explain how the clowns were able to write on her forehead and how she was able to read it, given that it was written on her forehead.
According to the Pryor Daily Times, investigators took another look at the victim after they exhausted all of their leads. When they went back to talk to Jones, investigator Keisha Oberg said, "She admitted to writing ‘clown posse’ on herself. We also determined the scratches on her neck were self-inflicted." Similarly, Reed told The Oklahoman, "She confessed to writing ‘clown posse' on her forehead; she confessed to banging her head on the steering wheel; she confessed to hitting herself."
Despite the fact that Reed and his office spent lots of time investigating the incident in five different counties without finding any evidence, Jones still claims she was attacked by clowns and denies hurting herself. She told KOTV that her inconsistencies were because she was distraught. She claims she only admitted to writing on her forehead to stop the interrogation, which had lasted three hours.
The Pryor Daily Times reports that the Mayes County Sheriff's Office will file four counts of obstruction, which will then be filed by the district attorney's office in order to obtain a warrant for Jones' arrest. However, Jones will not be charged with false reporting of a crime because, as Oberg said, "While we’ve determined details of the alleged attack were fabricated, we do not have enough evidence to determine if the attack itself was fabricated as well."