9 True Arkansas Stories That Are Way Creepier Than The Clown Takeover

The clowns have arrived in Arkansas, and frankly I fear for their safety. Arkansans are generally a scrappy and well-defended people, and I’m not sure I’d want to be caught creeping any of us out. Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns, is a fairly common phobia. (I blame Stephen King.) To be honest, I’m not afraid of clowns. The horror stories that send shivers down my spine don’t have to do with rubber noses or monsters or ghosts. I don’t fear elaborate face paint or zombies or werewolves or invisible devils who stalk the night. I fear the monstrous things people do to each other.

In this list, you’ll find things that actually happened, true stories of murder, disappearance, and general horror that took place not in distant places or on law enforcement TV shows, but right here at home, in the Natural State. (You may want to leave your nightlight on after you read these stories.)

If you’d rather indulge in safer, more metaphysical fears, try this ghastly road trip. For Arkansas murders that made national headlines, click here.