Creepy Clown Arrested in Haunted House Massacre, 18 Dead-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A creepy clown was arrested in a haunted house massacre that left 18 people dead.
A website known for publishing fabricated reports submitted by its community of readers is behind false reports that a creepy clown was arrested after killing 18 people at haunted house.
The fabricated report appeared at Now8News.com in October 2016 under the headline, “Creepy Clown Arrested After Haunted House Massacre, 18 People Dead.” The report, which has been shared nearly 25,000 times and re-emerged in October 2017, begins:
Salem, MA – Creepy Clown Arrested After Haunted House Massacre: A 58-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday evening after fright junkies got way more than they bargained for at a haunted house attraction in Salem, Massachusetts. The ‘Fright Night Horror Massacre’ haunted house was it in its third year of production when last evenings haunted house goers stumbled across a horrific scene.
Eyewitnesses say they were halfway through the macabre haunted house when they came across a scene of a crazy looking man dressed as a clown with a chainsaw. At first, it was just another scene of the haunted house, but as they look closer they saw one of the bodies move and then scream for his life. The young boy, approximately 19 years of age, was already partially dismembered by the man dressed in a gruesome clown costume.
Now8News.com doesn’t clearly identify itself as a fake news website, but it’s “About” page states that it publishes content submitted by its community of readers — and we’ve investigated many Now8News stories that turned out to be completely fabricated.
And, if that isn’t enough proof, the photo of the creepy clown that appears with the story was actually taken in 2013 and it shows a man who was arrested for drunken driving near Pittsfield, Massachusetts, after going to a halloween party dressed as the Joker.
Given all that, we’re calling claims about a creepy clown killing 18 people “fiction.”