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Comments about the soundtrack for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Steve Jablonsky)

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Re: NOT a true story!!
• Posted by: Scott W   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, November 17, 2005, at 8:44 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: NOT a true story!! (Sarah P)

Just happened upon this link when looking up some family history. I would like to clarify 4 misconceptions that people have. This account and commentary from this thread is correct for the most part (Kudos Rachell,) however the following should be clarified.
1. Edward and his older brother Henry were born in La Crosse where they lived until Ed was Eight (Ed's birthday in August, moved late 1913). They then moved to Camp Douglas (my connection) and then moved to Plainfield the following year when Ed would have been nine. I point this out to correct (not necessarily this thread but the many Internet Sites) the claim he was born on a farm in Plainfield. If that had been true, things would probably have turned out differently as much of Augusta's demented fury against women and alcohol came from living in the city of La Crosse.
2. The facts surrounding Henry's death are quite clear, although the precise cause is not. Henry and Eddie were doing a controlled burn of the marshes on their land. Eddie claimed that the fire had gotten away from Henry and him and threatened a grove of trees. When he went to look for his brother he couldn't find him so he went to get help. However, when he brought the Sheriff back to help look he led him right to the body. When asked how suddenly he was able to find the body, he answered, "Funny how that works." The body was found on scorched ground, but contained no burns. The clothes were not burned, and Henry had "funny bruises" on the back of his head. The Coroner decided the death came from smoke inhalation. Looking back, it is quite possible Eddie may have had a fight with his brother since they had been growing further apart (especially on their views of Mother.) And while the cause is still in question we do know it happened on Tuesday, May 16, 1944 (and is totally separate from in time from the other events of macbre to follow) and the body was found (intact, no missing parts!) in a marsh (not a barn filled with saws and cleavers.)
3. This third point relates to the supposed cannibalism. There is evidence that Eddie may have eaten parts of his victims, however the idea that he shared human steaks with his neighbors is highly unlikely! While many other little tell-tale signs were missed by the neighbors, a gift of venison from Eddie (a man who repeatedly swore to hating the idea of killing any animal bigger than a rabbit and that he could not stand the sight of blood or dressing an animal,) would have surely openned some eyes!
4. Finally, while it makes for some great storytelling, when the officers went into Eddie's summer kitchen, they were carrying regular flashlights (not TORCHES!) They had no need to go in guns drawn (they were already holding Eddie,) and the only fear was stumbling over the garbage that was everywhere. They also did not unearth all the horrors by torchlight. The police brought in a generator and searchlights (just like they do now) to illuminate the scene for their investigation.

While most of you have done a good job of trying to keep the truth separated from the Hollywood fiction, their are some out there on the WEB who have just made up when they don't know. The story of the Gein Family and the community of Plainfield while a tempting tale, doesn't need the extra little myth mixed in-- torches and chainsaws and "unwitting cannibal neighbors." The story is gruesome enough on its own to forever haunt Hollywood.

(22. and 32.) If any of you read about him, It is NOT a 100% true
> page is based on the true life murderer Ed Gein. He
AKA - The Butcher
> of Plainfield, The
Family - Mother 'Augusta 1878-1945',
> Father
Residence(at Time of
Murder Type/Practices - Serial Killer
> / Grave robbery, Necrophilia,
Method/Weapons Used - Shooting /
Organization - Mixed.
Mobility - Stable.
> Time Span - 1954 - 1957.
Victim Type - Old Women.
Victims - Mary
> Hogan (Died 8 Dec 1954),
Ed Gein and his brother Henry were raised by
> a
His alcoholic father
It was then that he sealed off
In his
> spare time Ed read books on human anatomy and
He enlisted the help of
> an old friend named Gus. Gus
The first corpse came from a grave less
> than a
Over the
What Ed Gein didnít reveal to Gus was
> collection of trophies grew,
Then Gus
Ed Geinís first victim was
> Mary Hogan. Mary Hogan was a
Police were unable to find any
Bernice Wordenís son, Frank, often assisted her in
A local garage
Frank Worden served as deputy sheriff in the area
Since the cash
> register was missing, it appeared that
Worden told of his suspicions
> to the sheriff. The
Date Place Victim Time of Death Method
8 Dec
> 1954
16 Nov 1957
The house was dark and Ed Gein was absent, so
> acting
Sheriff Schley and
The place looked
What those
> police officers also found in that house is in
The bodies of 15
Gein was in a series of examinations at the Central State
The case
> created a sensation because of the true nature of
At Christmas, 1957,
There is also the mystery of Edís brother, Henry. It is said
> other stories of possible
Ed Geinís activities certainly inspired the
> literature and
One such early film was Psycho. Based on
The Texas
> Chainsaw Massacre was one movie lightly based
One more recent and
> Academy Award winning film is
Ed Gein was definitely one of the
> weirdest murderers of
Or and type in Edward Gein, they
> will give you a lot
Rachell T.

> Rachel,
Great account above! I am an artist who is looking for the
> address, or directions to the exact location where the Gein home was. Do
> you or anyone have this info?
Many thanks!
Sarah P.

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