Stranger Than Fiction - True Crime: Art Imitates Life
While the name Ed Gein may not sound familiar, he is the inspiration for some of the most indelible screen and print villains of the past 50 years. Gein used the bodies of his victims to make bowls, lampshades, a belt and even an armchair. The characters of Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs are both modeled after Gein. Additionally, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was inspired by his crimes.
As was the case with Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger was active in the early 1930s. His gang perpetrated multiple bank robberies and murders during their crime spree. Dillinger was killed while law enforcement agents were trying to apprehend him at the Biograph Theater in Chicago. His story was recently retold in the film Public Enemies.
True Crime Movies
Since the beginning of crime, there are those who have wanted to hear all about it. Below, you'll find movies that retell the stories of fraud, murder, fear and political uprising.
Anne Perry: Successful Author....Convicted Murderer
Anne Perry is the author of over sixty crime books. She's also been convicted of murder. The story broke when the movie Heavenly Creatures, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Kate Winslet, was released. The movie tells Ms. Perry's story of murdering her friend's mother when she was fifteen years of age. The two were convicted and served five years for the crime. Additionally, they were forbidden from ever seeing one another again. It brings new meaning to the phrase "Write what you know."
Jefferson Bass: Author
Jefferson Bass has taken inspiration from The Body Farm, a research facility in Tennessee where the decomposition of human bodies is studied in order to aid law enforcement, to write a series of books. Visit his website to learn about his books and even see videos about The Body Farm.