"Friday, October 17, 2008 http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2008/10/phantom-clowns-are-back.html "They have returned. The encounters began in May of 1981, in Boston, Brookline, and other Massachusetts communities. By the end of the month, the local newspapers in Kansas City were publishing warnings about "Killer Clowns" said to be after children at bus stops there. During an era before emails and the Internet, I was able to discover, via my network of correspondents, that a rash of local news articles were appearing across the USA, describing similar abduction scenarios. Although the national newspapers and wire services were totally unaware of the widespread nature of such accounts, the stories were remarkably alike. I called them the "Phantom Clowns." Repeats of almost identical Phantom Clown encounters have been recorded since 1981. The latest one is now developing in Illinois." I've been hearing about phantom clowns and white vans for years. It's bad enough we have to worry about the local pedophiles and the dirty old man across the street, but I wonder sometimes if the disappearance of some children doesn't have a bit of a supernatural aspect to it - in one way or another. If this isn't the right place for this post, feel free to move it.