Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mass Murderers and the Movies

    The finding of more bodies in Belanglo Forest just south of Sydney got me thinking their has never been a movie made of Milat and his murder spree.The likes of Bundy,Gacy, Ed Gein,Charles Manson have all had movies made on there macabre exploits.Ed Gein,the 1950s farmer and serial killer would be hollywood's most popular murderer. He has inspired Texas Chainsaw Massacre,Physcho, and Silence of the Lambs.
Ivan Milat and Belanglo Forest News

   There has always been speculation that many more Milat victims are buried in Belanglo.Solicitor Leon Sokulsky, who represented Milat as a junior lawyer in the 80s, explains in his book Innocent Until Proven that he believes there could be hundreds of other victims buried in the forest.They include girls who went missing from the Belmont area, near Newcastle, in the early 80s.
The skull and other bones have been discovered on the weekend in the forest, south of Sydney, that Milat used as the dumping ground for the bodies of the seven backpackers.

  The Milat story may continue to get bigger in the weeks too come and Hollywood may yet become interested. I think of the victims families and how they feel seeing their loved ones murderer being catapulted to big screen fame but a story is a story I suppose, no matter how painful it is for some. We all have our pain and have to deal with it. Just some its hard to forget when it has to be relived in a movie.


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Kahlil Gibran

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  Kenji Miyazawa

Unable are the loved to die.  For love is immortality.  ~Emily Dickinson

Flashback to the loved ones lost
    The first bodies found in the original investigation were of two British backpackers, Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters. They had been missing for five months after leaving Kings Cross to travel south together looking for work. While in Germany, Manfred and Anke Neugebauer listened anxiously to the news, wondering if first bodies found were those of their son Gabor and his girlfriend Anja who had disappeared without trace after leaving a Kings Cross backpacker's hostel just after Christmas Day, 1991.
   Herbert Schmidl, in his home in Regensburg, near Munich, listened also hoping that neither body was that of his only daughter Simone, who had been missing since leaving Sydney in 1991.
   Several hundred miles south of Belangalo, in Frankston Victoria, Pat Everist, wondered if it was her daughter Deborah and her friend, James Gibson that were laying dead in the forest. They had been missing since 1989.

Mass Murderers

 Ted Bundy

  Ted Bundy was active for five years between 1973 - 1978, during that period he twice escaped from county jails before his final apprehension in 1978. It took more than a decade of denials before Bundy confessed to some 30 alleged killings, although it is believed that he killed a total of 35; the span of his admitted killings was 1974 - 1978. His primary method of killing was to bludgeon his victims with a heavy object before strangling them to death. He was also a rapist and necrophile. Ted was executed for his final murder in Florida in 1989. Bundy's murders spread over a number of American states including Washington, Idaho, Utah and Colorado

Movie The Deliberate Stranger 
Mark Harmon played Ted Bundy

John Wayne Gacy, Jr. 

   He was a serial rapist and killer, convicted and executed for the rape and murder 33 boys and young men. Chillingly, he was in operation at the same time Ted Bundy, starting a year earlier in 1972 before his arrest in 1978. He is perhaps better known by his name 'The Killer Clown' because of his frequent block parties for children, where he would dress up as a clown complete with makeup; calling himself 'Pogo the Clown

To Catch a Killer
Brian Dennehy stars as John Wayne Gacy

Jeffrey Dahmer

  Dahmer was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. At the time of his arrest, few people imagined the polite man with blond hair, blue eyes and thick glasses was capable of killing, dismembering and cannibalizing 17 young men. But his murders remain among the most gruesome in American history. Most of his victims were poor Asian, African-American and Latino men from the Milwaukee area.

  Dahmer 2002, this movie tells the emotionally riveting story of a man who turned his darkest fantasies into a horrifying reality

Ed Gein 
Gein stayed to himself. No one knew that he spent hours obsessed with sexual fantasy and reading about the female anatomy. The human experiments performed in Nazi camps also fascinated him. His mind filled with images of sex and dismemberment and as the mental images merged into one,

 Police went to Gein's farmhouse in hopes of finding Bernice Worden. The shed was the first area searched.  Inside the shed was a woman's naked corpse hanging upside down, the body disemboweled, and the throat and head missing. It was the body of Bernice Worden.    Next came the search of Gein's house. The police officers waded through piles of garbage and an unfathomable amount of junk with only oil lamps to guide them. As the officers eyes adjusted, the junk began to take a recognizable form, one that was more horrific than anyone could have ever imagined. Everywhere they looked they saw various body parts, some used as household items such as skulls made into bowls, jewelry made from human skin, lips hanging, chair seats with human skin upholstery, facial skin that was well preserved and resembled masks, a box of vulva's among which was his mothers, painted silver.

    Bufffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs was a combination of three real life serial killers Ed Gein, who skinned his victims and Ted Bundy , who used the cast on his hand as bait to make women get into his van; and Gary Heidnick, who kept women he kidnapped in a pit in his basement

 Charles Manson

Manson and his gang of four people most notoriously killed actress Sharon Tate in 1969. The Manson Family, which was mostly composed of naïve and troubled young women, was convicted of killing seven people in total. The charismatic leader dreamed of a racial revolution that would eventually result in the Manson Family ruling the world.

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