The Clown Doll: An Urban Legend
When my friends and I were younger, we loved to tell each other scary stories late at night at sleepovers. This memory resurfaced this past February as three friends and I exchanged tales late one night while on a trip in New Jersey. All of the stories were entertaining, but this purportedly “true” urban legend remained in my mind long after the other accounts. “The Clown Doll” was told by a twenty-year old, Christian female University biology major. She was born and raised in Pittsburg, PA, which is where she heard the story and where the story itself is set. As soon as she had all of our complete attention, she began the legend as follows:
Well, back in high school, one of my best friends told me this story. It’s true because it happened to one of her close friends that went to a different high school in my hometown. This actually happened. This girl always babysat for this certain family in a nice, medium sized suburban neighborhood. The family had two kids; the little girl was six and the boy was eight. They lived in a nice, two story house. But there was something weird about the family. They loved dolls. They had a huge collection of dolls. Kind of weird, but you know. And so they had dolls displayed in cases and dolls sitting out.
One night, the parents go out to a dinner party, and this girl comes to baby-sit the children. She takes care of the kids, feeds them dinner, plays with them, and then puts them to bed upstairs. After that, she comes back downstairs and sits on the couch in the living room to start watching TV. But the whole doll thing is really creeping her out. She just doesn’t like the way they are sitting there and seem to be looking at her. But the one that was really bothering her was this big clown doll that was sitting on a rocking chair near the couch. She tries to just forget about it but she can’t. She feels a little dumb, but she decides to call the parents and ask them if she can put a blanket or sheet over this clown doll to cover it up.
When she reaches the parents and asks them about the clown doll, she hears a moment of silence on the other end of the line. Then the mom says to her in a hushed but extremely stern voice, “We DO NOT have a clown doll. Get the kids, call the police, and get out of the house as quickly as you can.”
The babysitter runs upstairs, wakes the kids, and brings them outside to her car, where she calls the police from her cell phone. When the police got to the house and searched it, they found that the clown doll was actually a schizophrenic midget that had been dressing up as a clown and living in the family’s house for the past week.
The parents reported to the police that for the past few days the children had been telling them that a clown ghost had been coming to visit them at night. The parents said they had just chalked it up to the kids’ runaway imaginations.
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