31. Sad Clowns and Terrible Tragedies

It's our penultimate episode on clowns, which means we've only got a few more terrible stories to cover. In this episode, Sunshine and Alix talk about two notorious and tragic accidents, and two sad clowns associated with those events. Respectively - Joe Coyle and the Hagenbeck-Wallace train crash, and Emmett Kelly and the Hartford Circus Fire. It's time to feel bad for clowns again, but don't worry, the ride's almost over. Almost.

Promo: https://www.3spookedgirls.com/

Resources:

Borrelli, Christopher. “A Circus Tragedy Lost to History.” Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2011. https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-xpm-2011-05-02-ct-live-0503-showmens-rest-elephants-20110502-story.html

Higgins, Will. “The Truths of the Circus Train Crash of 1918 Are More Horrifying than Myths.” Indianapolis Star, 20 June 2018. https://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/2018/06/20/hagenbeck-wallace-circus-train-crash-more-horrifying-than-myths/644289002/

Georgievska, Marija. “Emmett Kelly: The First Sad Hobo Clown Who Was Best-Known for His Character Named ‘Weary Willie.’” The Vintage News, 2 May 2017. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/05/02/emmett-kelly-the-first-sad-hobo-clown-who-was-best-known-for-his-character-named-weary-willie/

“The Hartford Circus Fire: Connecticut History: a CTHumanities Project.” Connecticut History | a CTHumanities Project, https://connecticuthistory.org/the-hartford-circus-fire/.



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