In the early 1990s people in Illinois were reporting seeing a creepy clown stalking children in the Chicago area, but are these accounts actually true?

Do You Remember Homey the Clown?

I was a young teen living in Illinois in the early 90s, and this is the only Homey The Clown I remember...

Yes, that is Damon Wayans as 'Homey the Clown' on the 90s television show In Living Color. 

This funny clown may have been loved more than Bozo across the country, but in the Chicago area in the early 90s, people were buzzing about a different, evil Homey The Clown.

Photo by Tom Roberts on Unsplash
Photo by Tom Roberts on Unsplash

The Legend of Illinois' 'Homey The Clown'

According to a 1991 article I found from the Chicago Tribune;

The evil Homey, described as a 5-foot-11-inch male weighing 175 pounds, reportedly has been seen driving either a red, white or blue van with the words ”Ha-Ha” written on its side. Then again, based on the reports, he also could be driving a black pickup truck, a dark-colored Oldsmobile or a brown van.

So many children were reporting sightings of this creepy clown in the city and some suburbs that the Chicago Police Department started to investigate, but they came up empty handed.


Another article from Chicago Beautiful said;

Despite the widespread panic, no concrete evidence of Homey the Clown’s existence was found. The police eventually dismissed the sightings as a mere hoax.

Could this Homey The Clown doppelganger be responsible for so many people being afraid of clowns to this day? It's certainly possible!

Here's a video I found that describes some of the sightings Chicago area kids were reporting back in the early 90s...

Do you still think it was a hoax? I'm going to steer clear of clowns...just in case.

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