'Wrinkles the Clown': A New Way to Terrify Kids Who Misbehave

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'Wrinkles the Clown': A New Way to Terrify Kids Who Misbehave


Clowns are usually hired during children’s birthday parties to entertain guests. They are bubbly, funny, and extremely entertaining, which is why many people love them. However, clowns are now being used to scare children.


A normal clown / Photo Credit: Shutterstock


Recently, a documentary about ‘Wrinkles the Clown’ circulated the internet, showing how people can hire the scary character to appear wherever his clients tell him to. According to Mirror UK, a British national daily tabloid newspaper, the documentary is all about a US urban legend of the same name, which sparked by a series of viral videos of an apparently real-life Pennywise. It is believed that the first time Wrinkles the Clown appeared was supposedly in Sarasota, Florida in June 2013. The video showed a child sleeping in a room. The clown silently emerged from under their bed and destroyed the camera.


A footage of Wrinkles the Clown / Photo Credit: Unilad


Since then, the urban legend has become even more popular. Wrinkles the Clown has been hired to show up to social events or even stand menacingly outside friend’s homes. He usually wears a red and white polka dot suit with black gloves. He also has a white mask with black eye holes and receding white hair. According to Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, the meanest of the clown’s clients are parents who use his scary character to frighten children who misbehave.


Wrinkle's Photoshoot / Photo Credit: The Daily Beast


“He was scared of clowns and I showed up across the street from him at the bus stop and he just started crying in front of his friends and ran home. His mother called back a few days later and said ‘Thank you!’ Now when he acts bad, she just has to ask him: ‘Do you want Wrinkles to come back?’,” Wrinkles said in an interview. He chose not to reveal his true identity. 

According to Wrinkles, he chose to do this because he wanted to "have fun and have a good time [and] make a little extra money on the side." A divorcee and former veteran from Rhode Island, the clown decided to do this instead of enjoying his retirement by relaxing.



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