Where Can One Find a Detailed Account of the 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacres?


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The 1973 Texas chainsaw massacres never happened. Tobe Hooper based Leatherface in "Texas Chain Saw Massacres" on Ed Gein, a real serial killer. The purely fictional introduction at the beginning of the movie says that the story is "an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths."

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Investigators found the remains of 15 victims at Gein's Wisconsin farm, not in Texas, which is the setting of the movie. Gein butchered the bodies, but not with a chainsaw. Hooper's movie inspiration drew more upon the brutality of Gein's crimes than his choice of weapons.

A Wisconsin court convicted Gein of necrophilia, cannibalism, and murder, and ruled that he was criminally insane. The model for the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface was a plain-looking farmer who died in a Wisconsin mental institution.

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