The Pierrot Has Two Faces: Gacy, Grimaldi, and Our Collective Fear of Clowns

Mount Molehill

Oct 2 2023 • 22 mins

This week I’m trying to understand how and why clowns became scary and I’ll be looking at one clown in particular to help me find the answers: Jean-Gaspard Deburau, who in 1836 was tried for the murder of a young boy. What does this little-known incident from the 19th century have to tell us about our relationship to clowns today?

Special thanks to Dan from TYTD Reviews for providing additional voices!

Show Notes:

This episode of Mount Molehill was written, produced, and edited by Chris, with music by Chris and Alex Bainter / CC BY. Special thanks to Dan from TYTD Reviews for providing the voice of Jean-Gaspard Deburau. All other voices featured in this episode apart from my own are computer generated.

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