Sinister clown reports are intensifying. What is the answer to this mystery? Here, I relate the incidents to the actual Pied Piper incident of 1284 AD.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Clowns Are No Joke”, published to YouTube on September 28, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 8 minutes and 34 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
If you do a web search on “Clown Sightings”, you will get numerous results. One such comes from National Public Radio (NPR) and is dated September 24, 2016. “Reports are emerging from multiple states of alarming interactions with people in clown clothing,” reported Merrit Kennedy. 
In August of 2016, residents of Greenville, S.C., reported that suspicious clowns were attempting to lure children into the woods. Only a month later, the clown sightings have intensified: people in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky have at this point reported scary or suspicious encounters with people dressed like clowns.  (Further background: When Clowns Attack, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, September 27, 2016. )
One theory being offered to explain the phenomena is “viral marketing”, however I don’t buy it. The clown sightings began in 2013, meaning any marketing campaign must have been going on a long time. Also, there would be danger to the persons involved: any clown emerging from the woods and frightening residents would risk injury and even being shot. No marketing campaign would be likely to accept such risks. 
So what is the explanation for widespread, increasing reports of sinister clowns? One avenue which occurs to me is the actual incident of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, later embellished into semi-historical folklore. In my Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 7, 2015, Strange Case of Pied Piper, historical accounts of the incident were explored:
What really happened on June 26, 1284, in the German town of Hamelin? Forget “revenge of the rat catcher” – that part is an embellishment. It is not until the year 1384 that we get a firm report, this one from the town’s chronicle. The entry for that year states: “It is 100 years since our children left.” 
A Latin chronicle from the German town of Lunenberg further reveals, “A certain young man thirty years of age, handsome and well-dressed, so that all who saw him admired him because of his appearance, crossed the bridges and entered the town by the West Gate. He then began to play all through the town a silver pipe of the most magnificent sort. All the children who heard his pipe, in the number of 130, followed him to the East Gate and out of the town to the so-called execution place or Calvary. There they proceeded to vanish, so that no trace of them could be found.” 
“The townspeople said that a man had been seen, possibly a musician, wearing clothing of many colors and possessing a pipe, which he played in the town.”  Notice how the man was dressed as a medieval fool, i.e., a clown.
I do not at this point definitely say the recent clown sightings are a multiplication of the 1284 AD Pied Piper incident. But at least one thing is certain: These clowns are no joke.
——- Sources ——-
 “Sinister ‘Clowns’ Are Scaring People In Multiple States”, by Merrit Kennedy. NPR, September 24, 2016. http://tinyurl.com/j6pnp9x
 “When Clowns Attack”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, September 27, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/when-clowns-attack/
 Source for doubts about the “viral marketing” theory is a YouTube video on the subject of clown sightings, which I unfortunately do not have at hand.
 “Strange Case of Pied Piper”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 7, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/strange-case-of-pied-piper/