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18,970. The sad clown. (Gangs US: New Jersey & Mafia & Mafia: US & Clown) The Sopranos s4e10: The Strong, Silent Type, Tony in therapy
67,641. It is meat and drink to me to see a clown. By my troth, we that have good wits have much to answer for. William Shakespeare, As You Like It V i 10-12, Touchstone
67,642. Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground
You in mid-air
Send in the clowns. Send in the Clowns, Stephen Sondheim 1973 song
67,643. I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments. Jim Morrison
67,644. I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. Charlie Chaplin
50,581. You never have a comedian who hasn’t got a very deep strain of sadness within him or her. Every great clown has been very near to tragedy. (Sadness & Comedy & Clown) Margaret Rutherford
67,645. All the world loves a clown. Cole Porter
67,646. ‘Everyone hates clowns,’ Otis said. ‘Even other clowns hate clowns.’ Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena
72,026. Dare to wear the foolish clown face. (Face & Clown) Frank Sinatra
86,898. Clowns divorce. Custardy battle. Simon Munnery, Edinburgh Festival 2015
94,578. Two cannibals were eating a clown – one said to the other, ‘Does he taste funny to you?’ (Cannibalism & Eat & Taste & Clown) Tommy Cooper
127,317. We used to think of clowns as fairly happy characters … What was it about the clowns of today that turned them into something evil? … They were out there, snatching kids off the streets … We called them the killer clowns and they only wanted one thing – to kidnap kids. Killer Legends, Netflix 2014
127,318. ‘There was a real city-wide scare: the Chicago police were being called.’ ibid. Isaiah Thompson, reporter
127,319. ‘Clowns appear in California in 1967, in Newark 1980, Omaha … Boston … Phoenix … Scotland 1991 … throughout a large portion of South America …’ ibid.
127,320. All over the world kids were seeing killer clowns. ibid.
127,321. Here in Chicago where the notion of killer clowns became a reality. And the most evil of them all was Pogo, the alter-ego of one of the prolific serial killers in all of history – John Wayne Gacy … a sadistic serial killer who brutally slayed 33 young men between 1972 and 1978 in the Chicago suburbs. (Clown & Murder Cases: Gacy) ibid.
133,315. His [John Wayne Gacy’s] most colourful creation: Coco the Clown … Many killers develop a separate killing persona that they learn to hide from the world behind a mask. (Clown & Murder Cases: Gacy) Making a Monster s1e7: John Wayne Gacy: The Killer Clown, CI 2020