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Larry Harmon stripped of Bozo title in Clown Hall of Fame

Larry Harmon, the self-titled creator of “Bozo” the clown was stripped of the title today by the Clown Hall of Fame. columnist, Buck Wolf, reported that Larry Harmon had been lying all these years when he claimed ownership of the character. Harmon has even gone so far as to trademark the BOZO character and go after websites who use “his” image.

The International Clown Hall of Fame will be taking action to correct the previous honoring of Larry Harmon, by removing his plaque from the wall.

From this breaking AP news story about Bozo:

“Kathryn O'Dell, the hall's executive director, said the hall was duped to believe Harmon created Bozo and didn't find out the truth until columnist and entertainment producer Buck Wolf reported Harmon was wrongly laying claim to the character.

“It was something that was hinted at and hinted at and we started to do research and sure enough the information we were getting from outside sources was true,” O'Dell said.

While Harmon popularized the character since the 1950s, Livingston and Colvig were first to develop it, she said.”

Turns out Vance “Pinto” Colvig was the first to play the character and Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston was the man who created the clown legend.

What a shady thing to do; but what would you really expect from a clown.

Spanky the clown arrested on porn charges

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Spanky, a clown with the renowned Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has been arrested on charges stemming from a child pornography investigation, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

From Terry Frieden
CNN Washington Bureau

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 Posted: 6:40 PM EDT (2240 GMT)

From the story:

“This man's profession as Spanky the clown brought him into contact with hundreds of families,” said agent Albert Fitchett Jr. in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“Behind the clown nose, however, this man appears to have been supporting an industry that trades in the exploitation of children.”

Full story here:

clowns invade BART train

From this article:

“The clowns, all members of a group called Clownarchy, boarded a westbound BART train at San Francisco's Embarcadero Station and rode to 16th Street. On the way, they passed out flyers urging non-clowns to put on a nose and join the troupe for a Million Clown March on Washington in October.

Passengers seemed amused, puzzled, overjoyed or bored by the display. Somewhere below Market Street, Ellie Kim, a student at the Boalt Hall School of Law, was trying to read a legal text while several clowns juggled around her.

One-year-old Hazel Praught cried when she saw the deluge of clowns. Her mom, Michelle, said she hoped her daughter was not scarred for life.

One clown is scary enough,'' she said.

That last line says it all :)

another clown bank robbery…in Hawaii

Another clown bank robbery reported in December of 2002. Full story here:

Very much like the movie Quick Change (1990) with Bill Murray:

Saturday, December 28, 2002


9 robbery suspects at large
A man who dressed as a clown tops the list of suspects in 14 bank robberies on Oahu

By Rod Antone
A suspect in five Oahu bank robberies who dressed as a clown for an Halloween holdup and commuted from the Big Island to allegedly commit his crimes is the Honolulu Police Department's most wanted bank robber this year.

Police have identified the suspect as Christopher Kegler, 33. He's one of nine bank robbery suspects still at large from robberies committed in 2002. Police have not been able to identify any of the other suspects.

There have been fewer bank robberies this year than last — 29 robberies so far compared with 38 robberies in 2001. But more suspects are still at large.

While police and federal investigators caught all but seven suspects in 2001, so far this year nine suspects involved in 14 cases have eluded capture.

“We're asking for the public's help in identifying and locating these people … we've got some tips but nothing has panned out yet,” said HPD acting Major Alan Arita.


Suspects in unsolved Oahu bank robberies


Kegler is believed to have robbed one bank twice, then hit three more banks in Kalihi, Moiliili and Makiki between February and November. Police said besides clown makeup, Kegler used beanies, baseball caps, sunglasses and hooded jackets to conceal his face during robberies.

“We've got him identified, now we just have to find him,” Arita said. “I don't know if he realizes it, but robbing banks is a federal crime, and federal prisons aren't overcrowded. There'll always be a place for him in there.”

Police say they believe Kegler robbed the Makiki branch of First Hawaiian Bank on Feb. 27, the Kamehameha Shopping Center branch of Bank of Hawaii on Oct. 19, the Bank of Hawaii in the Moiliili Star Market on Nov. 1 and the Market City Foodland American Savings Bank on Sept. 28 and Oct. 31.

“Our intelligence shows that he (Kegler) was flying over to the Big Island after doing his jobs here,” said Arita. “So we're checking over there also.”

Other bank robbery suspects include a man who robbed the Waipahu branch of City Bank and the American Savings Bank in the Pearl City Foodland within 45 minutes, police said. Police in October said the same suspect in those cases may also have been involved in several other bank robberies in Honolulu since November 2001 but that those cases were still under investigation.

In most cases, witnesses never saw a firearm though suspects passed notes stating that they were armed, according to police. However a woman suspect who robbed the Bank of Hawaii main branch actually lifted up her sweater to reveal a handgun, police said.

All suspects should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, said Arita, who describes the typical bank suspect as someone desperate for “fast cash.”

“Most of them just need drug money and they just go right in and get it,” he said. “Hopefully when we catch these individuals and they go to federal prison where there is no probation it will discourage more people from robbing banks.”

Anyone with information about any of these cases are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone. In Kegler's case, Big Island police are also involved and can be reached by calling CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

More detailed information about individual bank robbery cases is also available through the CrimeStoppers Web site at

women dresses as clown on halloween…and ROBS a bank!

Saw this story at CNN last year:

reminds me of the Bill Murray movie, Quick Change (1990):

Woman dresses as clown for Halloween Eve bank raid

By Mark Clothier

(CNN) —Police say they are hunting a woman who was dressed as a clown when she robbed a Virginia Beach, Virginia, bank the day before Halloween.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a woman in a clown costume walked into a Bank of America on one of Virginia Beach's busiest streets, and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, police said.

The teller gave the woman the money, and the woman left as she arrived — by taxi, police said.

The woman did not display a weapon or imply that she had one, but police believe she was armed. Police said interviews with bank employees caused them to consider her armed and dangerous, said Don Rimer, police spokesman.

Police said the suspect is between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs between 140 lbs. and 170 pounds. Her face was covered in white face paint and she wore a red, yellow and purple wig, police said. The suspect wore a multi-colored clown costume, a red or maroon undershirt, white gloves, and white shoes, police said. She also carried a blue backpack, police said.

Rimer said it's the first time in his 33 years working for the police department that someone dressed as a clown has robbed a bank.

He said police don't know if the timing of the robbery — the day before Halloween — was a factor. Halloween and Halloween Eve are two days when dressing like a clown is less likely to draw attention.

“My wife and I have dressed as clowns for Halloween before and stopped at a 7-11 on the way to a party and no one looked twice,” Rimer said.

The woman was driven by taxi to the bank from the Collins Square Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, police said. The taxi driver drove the woman eight blocks back down Virginia Beach Avenue to the shopping center, police said.

The taxi driver is not a suspect, Rimer said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.