The True Story Of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
I was very disturbed when i first saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, not because of the film itself, but because it was apparently based on a true story.
The thought of a big guy like that chasing after teenagers with a chainsaw, and his deranged family sat eating parts of the human anatomy served up in a stew as if it was a normal everyday family meal, was quite surreal.
Despite what certain people say, these films are based VERY loosely on true life Murderer Ed Gein. There have been a few fictional characters based on Gein, including Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, Norman Bates in Psycho, and more famously Leather face in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. So what was the true story of this disturbed and dangerous man?
Edward Theodore Gein was born in Madison, Wisconsin on the 27Th August 1906, he lived with his Mother and Father Augusta and George, and his brother Henry George Gein.
His Mother Augusta didn’t like outsiders to influence her son’s, and so they were only allowed to School, and the rest of their time was spent helping out round the Family farm.
Augusta abused her children, and preached to them on a daily basis about the immortality of the world they lived in, the evil of alcohol, and her belief that all woman were prostitutes and instruments of the Devil. Every day after dinner she would recite graphic testaments from the Bible, dealing with Death, Murder and divine retribution.
Throughout his childhood, Gein only had his family for company, and was often bullied at school. He tried constantly to make his Mother happy, but her son’s rarely pleased her, making him feel like a failure.
Edward Gein’s father died of a heart attack in 1940, and Edward along with his Brother Henry, began to do odd jobs around where they lived, such as handy work and babysitting.
Both Brother’s were considered reliable and honest by their neighbours. but by this time Henry had started disagreeing with his Mother’s views on the world, and started to talk bad about her to Edward.
In 1944 a bush fire burned close to the Family Farm, and the Gein Brothers set out to extinguish it. The Brother’s got separated, and Edward lost sight of Henry.
When the fire was put out, Edward told the police that his Brother was missing and when a search party was organised, Edward Gein led them straight to Henry’s body. The police initially had concerns about the circumstances of Henry’s death. For one the land where his brother lay was untouched by fire and he also had bruises on his head, but despite this, the police dismissed the possibility of foul play.
After his Brother’s death, Edward lived alone with his Mother until she died in 1945 following a series of strokes. Edward nailed his mother’s bedroom door shut after her death and it stayed that way as a shrine. It actually ended up being the only normal room in the house of horrors.