Clown who appeared on Belgium's Got Talent arrested for murdering ex in front of her kids
Leipere was voted in 2011 as the best clown in Benelux (Belgium), Netherlands, and Luxembourg due to the "indelible impression on the audience"
A lot of people have a real fear of clowns, myself included. The smile that's plastered on their faces is not something that immediately makes me think of someone I can trust. This doesn't mean that all clowns are bad or evil. Many of them are very sweet human beings and you can actually talk to them, somewhat, even if they have their makeup on.
On the flip side, there are some clowns who take Stephen King's IT a little too seriously and end up being creepy as hell like Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Case in point, a circus clown in Belgium who has been accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in front of her three terrified children.
Later 31-year-old Kevin Leipere, also known as Clown Tobi, livestreamed his stand-off with police on Facebook before being apprehended.
Leipere took the help of his 38-year-old yodelling sidekick, Dietwin Haegheman, in allegedly murdering his former partner, who was only identified as 47-year-old Caroline D.
The body of the woman was found inside the garage of her family home in Oudenburg which is near Ostend, a port city in Belgium.
The authorities found her three children, who are 12, 15, and 17 respectively, with their hands and legs bound in the attic. They were allegedly made to watch the creepy clown and his yodelling sidekick murder their mother.
Belgium media speculated that the murder was recorded.
Leipere reportedly told the children, "I'm no longer a clinic clown but a crimiclown. That's how I will become famous."
He also reportedly called the children's school and told them that the three kids will be late on May 14. He reportedly told the children: "I'm a monster, I know that."
Clown Tobi Leipere dresses up as a clown and goes to children's hospitals to cheer up children who are very sick. He had recently broken up with Caroline D because her children did not like him one bit.
According to reports, the former stars of Belgium's Got Talent confessed their terrible crime to the authorities and then fled.
The clown drove back to his hometown of Breedene, which was nearby, and climbed to the roof of a 13-story building in a complex of flats where he opened fire into the air with a gun. He also threatened to jump off the building.
Leipere even threw debris that he found on the roof that he was on along with a glass bottle onto the streets below but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.
There was a big stand-off that lasted for quite some time after which the clown was pinned on the roof by snipers of the police force who surrounded him from adjacent rooftops. Leipere finally surrendered and was subsequently arrested.
The yodelling sidekick, Haegheman, was arrested the next day by officers in a town called Melle which is in the province of East Flanders.
Authorities are under the belief that Leipere convinced his sidekick to help him kill his now-ex girlfriend Caroline D as an act of revenge on her and the three children because he was heartbroken when they broke up.
Leipere was voted in 2011 as the best clown in Benelux (Belgium), Netherlands, and Luxembourg due to the "indelible impression on the audience". He performance "raises a big smile" on the faces of everyone present.
The clown wrote on his website: "It is the cherry on the cake for our red nose. He will wear the title with pride."
The sidekick, Haegheman, is already a minor celebrity in Belgium and is professionally known as Dietwin de Jodelaar or Dietwin the Yodeller.