contingent of the best clowns from the Ring-a-Ding Sisters,
Blarney & Baylor Circus had assembled at the Lodge in
Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The purpose of the meeting was
to have been the announcement of the new center-ring clown for
the circus. The center ring is traditionally given to
one clown. The center-ring clown would have the entire
center ring for his or her act and would be billed as a star
attraction. As center-ring clown, fame and fortune was
certain to follow.
clown who was a guest at the Lodge was hoping that he or she
would be chosen as the center ring-clown. The owner of
the circus, Phinias T. Blarney, was to have announced the name
of the new center-ring clown at a banquet in the crystal Room
of the Lodge on Friday night. Things did not go as
On Thursday evening, Mr. Honker was found dead
in his bathroom by Mr. Blarney who had gone to h8s room to
accompany him down to the Lodge bar for a few drinks.
Unopn knocking on his door and receiving no answer, Mr.
Blarney entered the room and discovered Mr. Honker in the
bathroom with his head in a trash can full of seltzer water.
Mr. Blarney immediately ran to the front desk and notified the
desk clerk, Ms Ima Ditzy, and had her call the police and the
With the arrival of the Chief of Police,
Buster Chops, the crime scene was secured and a murder
investigation was begun.
brief statement issued by Mr. Blarney's assistant, Ms Taffy
Goodbody, said that Mr. Honker had indeed been selected as the
new center-ring clown and that the entire clowning community
morns the loss of a great clown. Mr. Honker had world
wide recognition for his hilarious rendition of a poor soul
trying to blow his nose with any nearby object including, a
woman's purse, a wet dog, and most amusing of all, a
Ms. Goodbody went on the say, "Mr
Honker's real name, Edmund St. Beak, will go down in the
annuals of clown history as a true innovator and a role model
for every young would-be clown.
A guest list of
attending clowns was made available to the criminal
investigation team. The list includes some of the most
famous clowns in the circus world. The following clowns
were registered at the Lodge at the time of the murder.
Miss Moo Moo Cow
to Chief Chops, no motive has been determined at this time and
all members of the circus party to include the owner,
management personnel, and performers are suspects.
Phinias T. Blarney
Chief Buster Chops