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."Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Famous Crimes