The ripples in the media keep moving out from the original Greenville Phantom Clown sightings, and it was only a matter of time until other Forteana would get involved.
I have kept alive Jim Brandon’s remarks on the impact of the Fayette Factor through tracking the incidents way beyond his first mentions of them in his The Rebirth of Pan and his private correspondence. They hold an intrinsic truth for synchromystic investigators, and these self-evident discoveries are key to gathering insights through time and space.
I expected the Fayette (“little fairy,” “little enchantment”) Factor to show itself in the midst of this current rapidly expanding Phantom Clowns flap. (The term “flap,” by the way, comes from the use of the word in World War II, as in “there’s a flap on” – an excitement or some especially chaotic event – first spread through ufology via a wave of flying saucer sightings, a “ufo flap.”)
The only question would be will it be a Fayette, a LaFayette, a Lafayetteville, or a Fayetteville?
The winner? Fayetteville. In North Carolina.
Fayetteville police said around 10 p.m. Tuesday [September 6, 2016], a call came in for a sighting of a clown near the wood line at Fillyaw Road and Applewood Lane.
Officers responded but said they found nothing suspicious.
An anonymous call made the report and when law enforcement got on scene, they say they could not contact the caller.
“Definitely something out of the ordinary. We want people to report those if they see any clowns in the area. At this point in time, it is unconfirmed. We can’t say there was or wasn’t a clown but we will check up on any reports,” said Officer Shawn Strepay with Fayetteville police.
However, some people who live right at the intersection have no doubts about it.
“I think there really is someone out here dressed. I think someone watched too many clown shows, you know, American horror stories or something and they are trying to impersonate or do the same thing,” said Chris Brinkley who lives at an apartment complex right at the intersection where the sighting came from.
Other people aren’t as sure.
“I haven’t seen any sightings of a clown,” said Corrisa Corbitt.
Corbitt lives right across the street from where the sighting happened.
She says her 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter play outside all the time, she says regardless of clowns when she heard about the story…she told her kids to be careful.
“Anything could happen it could be a hoax it could be true but I still take safety precautions….” Source.
That was followed by this:
A 911 call reveals the moments after two women said they saw a clown standing near a Fayetteville intersection Tuesday [September 6, 2016].
“We just saw a man dressed up in a clown outfit on the side of the road trying to stop cars,” the caller told the dispatcher.
Fayetteville is the latest city in North Carolina with reports of a clown sighting. The past week, clown sightings have been reported in Greensboro and Winston Salem.
“We saw on the news about all this stuff,” the caller said.
The woman called 911 around 10 p.m. after seeing a man in red clown mask standing at the intersection of Fillyaw Road and Applewood Lane.
“I’m scared. I want to go home,” the caller said.
She described the man as wearing a red clown mask and a paintball vest.
“That was scary as heck,” she told the dispatcher.
About half way through the five minute call, the woman turns her vehicle around to confirm the intersection.
“Is he still standing there?” she said. “If I see him out, I’m going to flip the hell out.”
Officers responded but said they found nothing suspicious.
“Definitely something out of the ordinary. We want people to report those if they see any clowns in the area,” said Officer Shawn Strepay with Fayetteville police. Source.
h/t Robert S; Steve L.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|2016 shooting of Baton Rouge police officers|
|Location||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States|
|Date||July 17, 2016
8:42 a.m. – c. 8:48 a.m. (CDT)
|Target||Responding police officers|
|Deaths||4 (including the perpetrator)|
|Perpetrator||Gavin Eugene Long|
|Motive||Recent killings of blacks by police|
On July 17, 2016, Gavin Eugene Long, from Kansas City, Missouri, shot sixBaton Rouge-area police officers. Three of the officers died and three more were hospitalized, one critically. Of the officers that died, two were members of the Baton Rouge Police Department; the third worked for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Long, who associated himself with organizations linked to black separatism and the sovereign citizen movement, died in a shootout with police at the scene. Police arrested and questioned two other suspects.
The shooting occurred during a period of unrest in Baton Rouge, though it is unclear if the events are related. Baton Rouge was experiencing ongoing protests following the officer-involved killing of Alton Sterling less than two weeks before on July 5. Within the last week, four suspects were arrested in connection with an alleged plot to kill Baton Rouge police officers, which was described as a credible threat by law enforcement officials. On July 7, the FBI‘s New Orleans field office issued a warning about “threats to law enforcement and potential threats to the safety of the general public” stemming from the death of Sterling.
Long arrived at Hammond Aire Plaza, a shopping complex on Airline Highway, sometime before 8:40 a.m. CT and began scouting the area in search of police officers. He first spotted a police patrol vehicle parked at a B-Quik convenience store; it belonged to a sheriff’s deputy who was working security in the area. Long parked his vehicle behind an adjacent building, got out, and prepared to shoot, but found that the vehicle was empty. He then drove north and noticed a police officer washing his vehicle a short distance away, but the officer left before Long could get close. By 8:40 CT, police received a call about a suspicious person carrying a rifle near the plaza.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Long clad in black and wearing a face mask behind the Hair Crown Beauty Supply store on the 9600 block of Airline Highway. Shots were reportedly fired two minutes later. Another two minutes afterwards, there were reports that officers were down. According to investigators, Long fired upon the first responding officers, fatally wounding three. One of the officers was killed trying to help another. Long shot another police officer and then moved to another part of the complex, where he shot two sheriff’s deputies. At 8:46 CT, he was reported to be near Benny’s Car Wash. Officers fired on Long from behind the cover of patrol cars. Eventually, a SWAT team responded to the scene; one member took aim at Long from about 100 yards away and killed him at about 8:48 CT, without having a clearline of sight. Louisiana State Police said Long was the only person involved in the shooting. The entire shooting lasted for less than ten minutes.
Police recovered from the crime scene an IWI Tavor SAR 5.56-caliber rifle and a Springfield XD 9mm pistol. A third weapon—a Stag Arms M4-type 5.56-caliber semi-automatic rifle—was recovered from Long’s rental Malibu. Officials believed that Long had intentions of attacking the Baton Rouge police headquarters and continuing to kill officers.
|Gavin Eugene Long|
|Born||July 17, 1987
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||July 17, 2016 (aged 29)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
|Cause of death||Multiple gunshots by police|
|Other names||Cosmo Ausar Setepenra|
|Education||Central Texas College
Clark Atlanta University
University of Alabama
Gavin Eugene Long (July 17, 1987 – July 17, 2016) was identified as the shooter. He was a resident of Kansas City, Missouri. In May 2015, he changed his legal name to Cosmo Ausar Setepenra. Although he was said to have acted alone in the shooting, police arrested and questioned two other people in Addis as part of the investigation. Long was believed to have traveled more than 700 miles (1,100 km) from his hometown to Baton Rouge using a stolen rental car. He was also believed to have been in Baton Rouge for “several days” prior to the shooting.
Long served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a data network specialist from August 22, 2005, to August 1, 2010. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. During his military service, he was deployed toIraq from June 2008 to January 2009. He was also assigned to units in San Diego, California, and Okinawa, Japan. Long was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, along with an Iraq Campaign Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Navy Unit Commendation, and others.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Long graduated from Central Texas College in Killeen in 2011 with an associate degree, and also studied at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black university, from 2012 to 2013. In addition, he spent a semester at the University of Alabama in the spring of 2012, with his name making it to the Dean’s List as a general business major. According to local court records, Long had no criminal record and was divorced.
Long was identified as a “black separatist” by a U.S. law enforcement official. Social media posts indicated that he was an active member of the anti-government New Freedom Group. According to CNN, a card was found on Long’s body, suggesting that he was a member of the Washitaw Nation, a group of African Americans associated with the sovereign citizen movement that originated in Richwood. In addition to changing his legal name, he claimed his nationality was “United Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Mu’ur”,[a] and expressed his support for the Moorish Science Temple of America, another African American organization associated with the sovereign citizen movement. He was also a member of a group dedicated to helping “Targeted Individuals” suffering from “remote brain experimentation, remote neural monitoring of an entire humans body.”
In a “rambling” series of YouTube clips, Long claimed to be a former Nation of Islam member and referred to Alton Sterling, a black man killed by Baton Rouge police officers on July 5, in online videos. Long operated his YouTube channel under his new legal name, Cosmo Setepenra, making references to oppression against blacks and police protests. At one point less than two weeks before committing the shooting, Long called the shootings of five Dallas police officers an act of “justice”. In one video, he said, “One hundred percent of revolutions… have been successful through fighting back through bloodshed.” In another, he said the act of peaceful protesting was a futile method based on emotion and was easily forgettable. Long also maintained a personal website in which he described himself as a “freedom strategist, mental game coach, nutritionist, author and spiritual advisor.” The website contained dozens of additional videos andpodcasts.
Long wrote and self-published (also under the name “Cosmo Setepenra”) three books that appeared on Amazon.com in October and November 2015. The books were described by The Los Angeles Times as “bizarre” works featuring a “combination of New Age-style jargon, pseudoscience, motivational bromides, health tips and racial theory.” In the books, Long harshly criticized Western medicine, denied the germ theory of disease, and asserted that “[t]he abundance ofMelanin in Black humans produces a superior organism both mentally and physically.” The books were pulled from Amazon.com after the shooting. According to one of his books, he spent two years in several African countries studying their histories and cultures.
Immediately after the shooting, injured officers were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which said it received five patients from the shooting, three of whom later died. Of the surviving two, one was in critical conditionand the other in fair condition. The third injured officer was transported to Baton Rouge General Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The officers killed were identified as:
- Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, who had been with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1992.
- Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, a former Marine who had been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for four months.
- Officer Montrell Jackson, 32, who had been with the department since 2006.
President Barack Obama condemned the shooting in a statement and added, “These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.” Later that day, he ordered for all flags in the U.S. to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement immediately after the shooting, saying, “This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing.” On the day after, he called the shooting “pure evil” and “a diabolical attack on the very fabric of society.”