Phantom Clowns: Fayette Factor

 By: Twilight Language

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. 

Fayette Factor Marches On

(excerpt: Twilight Language)

High levels of Fayette Factor incidents give a sense that strangeness is all around. This Twilight Language blog only recently pointed to “The Fayette Factor & Trump Rally Incidents,” as well as other recent happenings (1, 2, 3). Here are a few more filling my Fayette file.

(1) Mad Cow mania
The operating rooms at the Washington Regional hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas,  have been shutdown due to Mad Cow’s disease.

Health inspectors have confirmed a preliminary diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a degenerative brain disease, at Washington Regional Medical Center, the hospital confirmed.
All operating rooms were closed down Wednesday [March 16, 2016] and surgical procedures were postponed. 40/29 News has reached out to WRMC for an update, but they have not returned our messages. The diagnosis follows a procedure done on February 15th and the lab results were received Wednesday morning.

(2) D.C. Metro Shutdown

The Lafayette Park area Metro cable fire resulted in a major shutdown of Washington D.C.’s subway system for March 16-March 17, 2016.

The investigation into [March 14, 2016’s] cable fire at McPherson Square is ongoing,” [Metrorail General Manager Paul J.] Wiedefeld said [to the Washington Post]. “As a preliminary matter, the conditions appear disturbingly similar to those in the L’Enfant incident of a year ago, and our focus is squarely on mitigating any risk of a fire elsewhere on the system.

McPherson Square is a square in downtown Washington, D.C. Adjacent buildings include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Lafayette Building housing the Export-Import Bank, the 15th Street financial district, and numerous hotels. It is one block northeast of Lafayette Park. It is served by the McPherson Square station of the Washington Metro. This is the main station to access the White House, and the Vermont Avenue exit is directly underneath the Department of Veterans Affairs building.

(3) New body found in location where many have been recovered
The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia.
West Virginia State Police said on March 11, 2016, that the discovery of human remains and personal possessions found near the New River Gorge Bridge at Fayetteville, West Virginia, could solve an 18-year-old mystery: the disappearance of a Virginia Tech graduate student.

The remains were found in a heavily wooded area Thursday [March 10, 2016] along with Robert L. Kovack’s driver’s license, a college ID and car keys, State Police Sgt. Kenneth Tawes told The Roanoke Times.
The 24-year-old from Rivesville, West Virginia, disappeared Sept. 18, 1998, while he was on his way to a West Virginia University-Maryland football game in Morgantown….More than four dozen bodies have been recovered below the bridge since Kovack’s disappearance 18 years ago, Tawes said. The most recent was a suicide at the same spot six months ago, he said.

An Actor Rushes The Stage: The Fayette Factor & Trump Rally Incidents

(Excerpt:Twilight Language )

Tommy Dimassimo, a child actor jumps on the national political stage.

The increase of violence at Donald Trump rallies has a great deal to do with human psychology (behavior contagion), the copycat effect (thanks to the media’s wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump’s message of violence) and, covertly, the twilight language behind all of this.

There does seem to be a strange Fayette Factor thread running through some of the incidents getting milestone attention from the media.

Let’s look at some of this week’s violent events.

March 9, 2016: Fayetteville, North Carolina. Videos show an African American, Rakeem Jones, who reportedly is a student who tutors special needs children, with a white T-shirt leaving Trump’s Wednesday-night rally as the audience boos. He is being led out by men in uniforms that read Sheriff’s Office. Out of nowhere, Jones is punched in the face by a pony-tailed man, who appears to be white, in a cowboy hat, black vest and pink shirt as the crowd begins to cheer. The protester stumbles away, and then is detained by a number of the men in uniforms.

The man throwing the sucker punch is allowed to sit back down and eat his popcorn.

The next day, John McGraw, 78, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sean Swain told the Washington Post.

March 11, 2016: Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, Missouri.

While Donald Trump`s speech was interrupted by protesters several times inside the clashes were almost non-stop between Trump supporters and opponents outside as well. It was a political battle in the streets. The words between Trump supporters and Trump opponents were nasty, divisive and insulting.
Neither side was afraid to ramp up the rhetoric and hate speech. The fights that broke out were broken up by police.
More than 200 anti-Trump demonstrators clashed with Trump supporters who numbered in the thousands. They were standing in a line about four blocks long. The supporters couldn`t get into the Peabody Opera House to see Trump but they heard the speech through speakers outside. Source.

The Peabody Opera House is north of Lafayette Park, St. Louis.

March 11, 2016. University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois.

With thousands of people already packed into stands and music blaring to warm up the crowd, Donald J. Trump’s campaign abruptly canceled his rally here on Friday night over security concerns as protesters clashed with his supporters inside an arena where he was to speak.

The location is NW of South Lafayette Avenue, Chicago.

Before the evening was over, the streets were filled with fights between both factions.

March 12, 2016. Vandalia, Ohio. It was misreported as “in Dayton, Ohio,” because Vandalia is a suburb of Dayton.

Secret Service agents surrounded Donald Trump during a rally in Ohio on Saturday as a man tried rushing the stage, only a day after he canceled an event over what his team said were safety concerns.
Shortly after mocking a protester who was being escorted out of his event outside Dayton, four Secret Service agents jumped onto the stage and surrounded Trump.

The man who tried rushing the stage, Thomas Dimassimo, was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office said. It was not clear if he entered a plea or has an attorney. According to records, his next court date is March 14. Source.

Conservative sources and Trump during his Kansas City, Missouri rally the night of March 12, 2016, linked Dimassimo to ISIS but it’s a troll’s hoax. Dismassimo’s mother’s name is Faye. Dimassimo is originally from Powder Springs, Georgia. He is a fourth-year acting major at Wright State. According to, Dimassimo was a child actor with roles on the TV shows “Yes, Dear,” “Reno 911!,” and “House of Payne.”

An open carry activist prepares to draw gun on a counter protester, Thomas Dimassimo, at an August 1, 2015, Confederate flag rally in Georgia.

The Fayette link to Vandalia…

On August 17, 1838, Benjamin Wilhelm, a settler from Pennsylvania, settled near the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and US Route 25-A. He built his home and a small general store as a stop and resting place for travelers heading west. The small town began to attract travelers and entrepreneurs, and on February 7, 1848 the town was incorporated as “The Village of Vandalia” with Benjamin Wilhelm as its first mayor. The village was laid out in 38 lots including a church, hotels, blacksmiths shops, a steam sawmill, meat markets, and a carriage shop. It was named after Vandalia, Illinois.

Some records indicate that Benjamin Wilhelm, the town’s founder, settled in Vandalia on his way to Vandalia, Illinois. Instead he stopped here and named his new town after his original destination. Others claim that the town was named Vandalia because the National Road was intended to extend to Vandalia, Illinois, but, for a time, it looked as though it would not do so. This doubt resulted in the name being used for a town along the Road in Ohio.

Vandalia, Illinois, is a city in Fayette County, Illinois, United States, 69 miles (111 km) northeast of St. Louis, on the Kaskaskia River.
The Fayette Factor

The word Lafayette consists of the elements fay “fairy,” and the diminutive -ette, giving the meaning as, “little ‘little people.'”

Lafayette can thus be translated from the French as “the little enchantment,” as well as “the little fairy.” Joan of Arc, at the age of 8, danced around a “fay tree,” a “fairy tree,” some saying she saw fairies. Others tell that she heard voices, had visions, and was “enchanted.” The name has a long history.

Jim Brandon penned his continuing Fayette thoughts in his 1983 book, The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit that, indeed, there are “certain numbers entangled with certain phenomena,” just as he talked of power names.

Of course, Brandon’s special moniker “candidate is the name Fayette and its variants Lafayette and Fayetteville.” The Fayette Factor is probably one of the strangest mysteries in American Forteana, first discovered by Brandon, back in 1977, and written about in “Fateful Fayette,” Fortean Times, No. 25, Spring 1978.

Namely, the “Fayette Factor” has been the finding of a surprisingly high incidence of Fortean (inexpliable) events linked to places named after one of the USA’s Founding Fathers–the Marquis de Lafayette.

(I have earlier detailed the rumors in the wind – and Donald Trump’s real fears of his own assassination – here.)
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