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Texas History Trivia: Chainsaw Massacre True Story

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Question: The infamous 1974 movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was loosely based on actual events that occurred in the 1950s. In what state did those events occur?

Total Votes: 262

Choices: Votes:

Oklahoma 49 18.70 %

Texas 138 52.67 %

Illinois 14 5.34 %

Wisconsin 46 17.56 %

Alabama 15 5.73 %

Fava beans and a nice chianti?

Answer: Wisconsin

The crimes that inspired The Texas Chainsaw Massacre actually occurred in a rural area near Plainfield, Wisconsin, and were committed by one Edward "Ed" Gein.

The "plot" of the 1974 movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre bears little resemblance to the grisly tale of Ed Gein, murderer and grave robber who, incidentally, did not use a chainsaw in committing his crimes. However, the actual events were shocking enough to inspire not only The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but Psycho and Silence of the Lambs, as well.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed in 1973 in and around Austin, Texas. Most of its cast and crew, including Director Tobe Hooper, were Texans, many of them University of Texas students.

Gein never stood trial for his actions since he was promptly declared insane and committed to the Waupan State Hospital for life. He died of cancer on July 26, 1984, at the age of 78, and was buried back in Plainfield in the family plot.

The ghoulish public flocked to Plainfield to get a look at the "murder farm" and, eventually, the place was burned down by Plainfield citizens.

A great deal of speculation exists about Ed Gein, his early life and his actual crimes. An Internet search will turn up much information, both factual and completely fictional.

Gein was apprehended and taken into custody in November, 1957, but he never stood trial for his actions. He was promptly declared insane and committed to the Waupan State Hospital for life. He died of cancer on July 26, 1984, at the age of 78, and was buried back in Plainfield in the family plot.

Ed Gein

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The Murder Farm

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In Custody

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Gein's Tombstone

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