Man Behind Creepy British Clown Revealed

Newspaper ruins 22-year-old college student's fun

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 16, 2013 11:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – The mysterious clown that has been making a name for himself in the British town of Northampton has finally been unmasked. The Mirror applied its investigative reporting powers to ruining everyone's fun by revealing just who was behind the apparent homage to Pennywise from Stephen King's IT. And the mystery man is ... a 22-year-old student named Alex Powell. Powell at first denied the charges, but admitted to his alter ego when the paper confronted him with photos proving his secret. "OK, I am the clown but I've been trying to keep it as ­mysterious as possible. To be discreet so people didn’t find out," he said after seeing the Mirror's proof.

The Mirror got its photos after being tipped off that it was Powell. The paper tracked him and two friends as they entered an apartment; the three came back out a short time later, only this time they took the form of the two friends ... and a clown. Local paper the Northampton Chronicle says it already knew about his identity, but agreed to keep it on the DL so as not to spoil the fun. Powell's unmasking has angered locals, it reports. "In a world full of (doom) and gloom this was a little light hearted fun, but oh no you journalist just have to spoilt [sic] it," one person commented on the Mirror story. "Well done!"

The Northampton clown.
The Northampton clown.   (Facebook)
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