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The Intruders Arrived in a Clown Car

The 4:00 a.m. quiet in a neighborhood in Roberts, Wisc., was shattered by shotgun blasts. Sheriff’s deputies report that Archie R. Stone, 40, who was visiting his mother, was “not in touch with reality.” Once he was in custody, investigators determined that Stone believed evil clowns were attacking his mother’s home, so he grabbed a shotgun to repel them. He fired about 22 rounds into the walls and ceilings, and claimed he had killed a number of the clowns. Stone’s mother and father fled during the rampage, and he fired at them, too, deputies say, but missed. Stone allegedly admitted to deputies that he was stoned on an unspecified hallucinogen. He has pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment and firearms charges, and is undergoing psychiatric examination. (RC/St. Paul Pioneer Press) ...Multiple rampaging clowns: a hallucination. One rampaging clown: objective reality.
Original Publication Date: 15 August 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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