On the heels of last week's haunting clown sightings in Britain comes the tale of Le Loyon, a mysterious figure who seems to be haunting the western forests of Switzerland.
Reports of Le Loyon have circulated amongst the locals for the last decade, but it wasn't until about a month ago that someone was able to snap a photo of him. Unlike the chupacabra or bigfoot, Le Loyon is a real human being - which may make him even scarier. Eyewitnesses have said that the man wears a military cape, boots, and an army-issue gas mask. He is said to walk the same path every day, and has been seen with a bouquet of flowers on at least one occasion. There have been no reports of this man being violent or aggressive - usually he just stares at people he comes across - but he is scaring children and families are no longer going into the woods, and describe encounters with him as "unpleasant."
Theories range from Le Loyon being mentally ill, or suffering a skin condition, to simply being some kind of hermit or survivalist. Authorities are keen to speak to the mystery man. "The situation is delicate because we basically have nothing against this person," said Guy Savary, the municipal official in charge of forests. "But since he arouses these fears, we are going to hold meeting to see if we can find a way of locating him, and discouraging him from behaving as he does."
Which would scare you more? A silent, staring clown, or a silent, staring man in a gas mask? Either way, I think I am going to stay off the European continent for awhile.
Source: The Australian