Friday, September 9, 2016

[Cryptworld] Cursed Item: Gacy's Clown Nose

A Cursed Item for Cryptworld

The object in question is simplicity itself -- a red foam ball, about 2 inches in diameter, with a slot cut into one side. The clown nose is designed to slip over the nose of the person wearing it, giving their nose a big, bulbous appearance.

This particular costume appliance was at one time owned by John Wayne Gacy, a notorious U.S. serial killer who murdered 33 young men in the 1970s. Gacy became known as The Killer Clown, due to his hobby of entertaining at fundraisers and children's parties as "Pogo the Clown." Although there's no evidence that he ever killed while in costume, his personal effects may have somehow been psychically imbued with his murderous intent. After his arrest, conviction, and eventual execution, some of the evidence from his trial vanished from the police holdings (whether taken by souvenir hunters or lost over time is unknown). One of those missing items is this simple clown nose.

"You know... clowns can get away with murder."
--John Wayne Gacy
Wearing the nose, even if for a few moments, fills the wearer with seething hatred as a wide rictus grin crosses their face. The skin starts to bleach and the hair becomes stringy and changed to a bright primary color. Within moments, the person will have transformed into a Cut-Up , a deranged Psycho Killer with a theatrical flair of murderous mayhem. The transformation lasts until the Cut-Up has claimed a victim, at which time the cursed victim will change back into their normal facade. Their bloodlust sated, they'll remove the nose and cover up any evidence of their involvement. They'll be able to keep their murderous urges at bay for a month or so until the craving for mayhem returns and they find themselves reapplying the nose for another evening of "slaying their audience."

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