It started with a surveillance video uploaded to YouTube, depicting a child sleeping peacefully while a man in a clown mask emerges from underneath her bed. The video’s description claims that the clown’s name is Wrinkles, that he lives in Florida, and that he’s been hired by the child’s parents to punish her for misbehaving. After the video went viral, other mysterious videos popped up online. Wrinkles pushing a cart through a parking lot. Waving alongside a busy highway. Holding balloons in front of a suburban home. The unsettling clips launched Wrinkles the Clown to internet infamy. Cryptic stickers with a phone number began to appear on telephone poles and in public restrooms across the state, promising to terrify misbehaving children. Over one million voicemails were left. Follow this eerie real-life character and explore the unpredictable spread of imagination in the Internet Age.
Michael Beach Nichols