The horror genre never really goes away. We all enjoy and appreciate a good scare every once in a while, it seems. Some movie fans like the paranormal, some can’t get enough of zombies, some prefer slashers, and others hold out for the films based on real life cases of the creepy, dark and twisted. Hollywood loves to take bits of truth from real court cases and turn them into tales that have us sleeping every night with one eye open. As creative and warped as a well-spun story can be, truth really can be stranger than fiction. Read on for 10 movie boogeymen that were based on real-life cases of deranged killers that until their capture, fit oddly well into society and fooling everyone around them, including their own wives and children.
10 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Ed Gein
9 The Iceman: Richard Kuklinski
8 Natural Born Killers: Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate
7 A Good Marriage: Dennis Rader
6 Zodiac: The Zodiac Killer
5 The Girl Next Door: Gertrude Baniszewski
4 Son of Sam: David Berkowitz
3 The Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway
2 Cannibal: Armin Meiwes
1 Helter Skelter: Charles Manson
The 1976 film, Helter Skelter, focuses on the investigation and trial of the mass murders orchestrated by cult leader, Charles Manson in the late 1960s. Manson orchestrated a reported 35 murders, all carried out by his strangely devoted (and mostly young, female) followers. There wasn’t enough concrete evidence to convict on all thirty-five murders, but Manson still got life in prison. The most talked about murders were the ones involving pregnant actress, Sharon Tate, during a house party she was having with friends. Manson’s disciples wrote “pig” on the walls with the victim’s blood and apparently had a ball killing the innocent and unsuspecting men and women, one of whom was Abigail Folger, heir to the coffee fortune. Manson has received perhaps more notoriety in prison than any other serial killer in history. In 2015, Manson had a near-wedding that was called off when it was revealed his fiance only wanted his corpse to put on display.
Sources: chasingthefrog.com, biography.com, allday.com, horrorfilmcentral.com
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