Thursday, March 5, 2015

REVISED: IN MEMORY OF: The life of Charles Manson Jr, as told by his son, Jason Freeman & written by Amber Turner
















  "I learned a lot about the type of man my biological father, Charles Manson Jr, was more as I got older. The things I was told growing up - it was hard for me to grasp and understand why he was the way he was. It was all too much for a young mind to be able to comprehend.

  My father lived a hard life. He seemingly owned the role that the world saw him as ... a victim of his father's crimes. He grew up being rejected by everyone, even his own family. He watched as his mother ( my grandma Rosie) marry and divorce many different men. He could never seem to get  along with any of them and he was kicked out of his home several times for getting into physical fights with them.  For a long time, he lived on the streets and it seemed everywhere he went, people knew who he was and would test him. He always ended up in some kind of trouble."

  " At one point in my father's early life, I was told he did quite a bit of drug dealing and stealing. Upon learning this ... it was easy for me to see somewhat of a pattern. It seemed the Manson men all started out on the path of self destruction and breaking the law. It started with my grandfather, Charles Manson, then my father, and on to me."
Charles Jr and Jason's Mom "Shawn"
1974

  " My father's fast paced lifestyle didn't seem to change much after he met my mother and even didn't after I was born. My mother told me that Jr was always on the go, never held a job and was barely able to make ends meet."

  "When I was 6 months old, we all moved to St. Clairsville, Ohio. My mother was hoping that this would be the change my father needed. Unfortunately, things got worse pretty quickly. My mom's eyes were finally being opened to the fact that he wasn't going to change and  that it was pretty much up to her if she wanted a better life for us.
  A few weeks after the move, we left my father and went to live with her mom, my grandma Shirley. My father would pop his head in every couple of weeks with promises of change but eventually, he would always go back to this old ways. Eventually he stopped trying all together until many years later."

  "After some time passed, my mother met a man who would soon become my stepfather and the only father figure I have ever known. I called him my Dad and never referred to him as my stepdad. When speaking of Jr... I called him either Jay or my Father.
  My dad loved my mother and wanted to be there for us when he saw that there was not a man of the house. I was too young to understand back then but I remember him telling me that my father just had too many issues. He would always assure me that things would be okay and that he would always be there for us and never leave. He ruled our home with a strong hand. He was a military man and had served in the Air Force. 

  "Things didn't get easier for my father throughout the years. His mind became increasingly twisted and he felt beaten from society. He still wasn't welcome to family events and couldn't seem to get an honest job despite changing his name to "Jay White."  He was often judged by others as if he had been right there involved in all the things his father was accused of back in 1969."

  "As I stated in my Interview, I was 11 years old the first and only time I ever met my father face to face. Other than that, there were a few voice calls over the years, many letters and sometimes gifts during the holidays."



  "I was 16 years old and enjoying the summer before 10th grade when my mother told me the news that my father had killed himself. It was June 29, 1993 to be exact. He was found in his car on the side of a highway in Burlington, Colorado. It was indicated that he died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  I was shocked. I remember my heart feeling crushed because we still had not gotten the chance to bond the way I had always hoped we someday would. I also felt angry. I wanted to immediately burn all the letters and cards I had ever received from him. I was able to suppress this angry urge thankfully. I think I knew deep down that these things I had from him were the only memories I would ever have from that point on.
  I remember my dad telling me how sorry he was that this had happened and told me that he among many others had been trying to help him for years.
  I remember feeling such dread when my grandma Rosie called with details about the funeral and arrangements to meet up so that we could go together. I just didn't know how I was suppose to pay my last respects to a man I barely knew but with my family beside me.. I got through it.
  For the next few weeks I tried my best to move on. When school started  in the fall, I dove head first when wrestling season came around. I was battling for the 152 position and it was important to me that I earn that spot. I can recall focusing all of my pent up angry, energy and "Never Give Up" attitude on winning and I'm proud to say ... I got it. I remember immediately thinking of my father and how strong of an urge I had to scream at him that he gave up too early in life and that I NEVER WOULD."

"I didn't learn just all bad things about my father. My uncle, William Freeman, told me more about the kind of loving and cheerful man that Charles Jr could be. He told me that he was humble, very comical and fun to be around."

  

 “In one of the letters I received from my dad he told me that he wrote Charlie for years and never got a response from him during those times. The first and only contact made by my grandfather to Jr happened fairly close to the time that my father committed suicide. It makes me wonder if it all just became too much for him at that point. Who truly knows of the demons he had been running from all of his life and just got tired of running.
  “I believe that going through this experience is what helped mold together my unrelenting “Never Give Up” attitude. I have said this many times in my life and I mean it more each time I say it: Failure is not an option for me.



Revised:        CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE AUTHORS
                               
  FROM AMBER TURNER:

  “It only  makes sense to give back to the world.” Jason Freeman said to me.
 Jason was given many chances to change his path as a young boy but was unable to see the opportunities that was being laid out in front of him. He believes our passions in life are gifts given to us by God. He believes that the obstacles we face help lead us towards facing our fears and overcoming weaknesses.  “Once we are able to do this,” he said “We are to give back!”
As Jason has gotten to know his grandfather during the last 3 years, he has found that he has his own way of “giving back.”


es has contributed to many books, music and has a need for people to understand the types of things we should pay more attention to. He isn’t much interested in things that our society wants. He explains it to Jason as going back to the root of where we, as people, came from. He wants others to learn how to live off the land that God gave us and to have more of an appreciation for nature. He wants people to appreciate the air we all breathe and learn the ways in which they can help stop polluting it.


 It would make one stop and wonder…. if Manson is seeing all of these things from inside of a cell….why can’t those of us who are free see it too?
Charles also has a few close friends who do a great job at helping keep his legend alive and not the one that the mainstream media has portrayed it to be. His friends portray him as a musician, a teacher, an artist and even sometimes a “jokester.”
His teachings are just another example that Jason feels is his grandfather’s way of giving back as well.

 From Jason Freeman:

My father seemed to have missed the bus on giving back so it is my turn:
A team of believers have come together and created a non profit Frontline Warrior Team. Giving back for ME begins here…
I began my journey on a self destructive path. Thankfully I began making better choices before I ended up dead or behind bars for the rest of my life.
My goal is to challenge everyone to stand up, face their fears and fight back. Carry your own “Never Give Up” attitude around in all that you face in life. When I speak to my grandfather, he is not broken. He stands strong in the things that he believes in and tells me to continue on doing the same.

From Amber Turner and Jason Freeman

We decided to use this Articles Closing to ask the readers to remember all those who lost their life due to the murders during 1968 and 1969.  The murders that were caused by the people that the Media called “The Family” between the years of 1968 and 1969 who either had an active participation in the actual murders and those who were guilty simply by being there and doing nothing to help stop it. They are: Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwenkil, Leslie Van Houten, Bruce Davis, Bobby Beauolseil, Mary Brunner and Steve Grogan
We feel that  it was and still is a complete disrespect to the murder victims and their families for the media to portray all that happened as they did and and still do as though its all just a Circus Act. It is sad that so many people do not even know the names of the victims or the names of the actual murderers. People know the story that was sold….but not the facts.
Those in Remembrance:

Sharon Tate: 8/8/69
Abbigal Folger: 8/8/69
Jay Sebring: 8/8/69
Wojciech Fryowski: 8/8/69
Steven Parent: 8/8/69
Leno LaBianca: 8/9/69
RoseMary LaBianca: 8/9/69
Gary Hinman: 7/29/69
Donald “Shorty” Shea

A Letter to the Readers:

Dear Readers:

Since my Interview with Jason Freeman was posted, both Jason and I have received so much positive feedback and many requests to know more.

While there is so much more to come in continuance to our Interview, we have decided to make our next post reflect more on Jason's biological father, Charles Manson Jr aka Jay White. There have been so many people request to know more about him, his life, and where he stood in Jason's life. Even throughout my own research, the information on Charles Jr is slim to none. The only real way of knowing more about him is through a family member. Luckily, we have one of those!

Over the last few weeks, Jason has sent me emails containing his collection of memories, family stories, authentic letters from Jr, Court documentations, along with Jason's own personal accounts, feelings and thoughts. I have done my best to take all that I have received and write an insightful  piece for you guys that I hope will give you all a better look into the life of Charles Manson Jr ... Charlie Manson's first born son.


- Amber Turner
Short Timeline 
Jan 1955 - Charles Manson married Rosalie Jean Willis
April 1956 - Charles Manson Jr was born
June 29, 1993 - Approx date Charles Manson Jr died
September 2, 1976 - Jason Lee Freeman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An Interview with Jason Freeman: Charles Manson's Grandson

I've been promising the full Interview with Charles Manson's Grandson, Jason Freeman,  for a few weeks now. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to writing about things I am passionate about and I've doubted myself quite a bit throughout my research and work that I've done with Freeman. I've realized in these last couple of weeks that it doesn't have to be perfect - as long as our voice is heard.

 This Interview is only the beginning of what is yet to come involving Charles Manson, who he was, who he is now, and my study of  the alleged "Manson Family" and the Tate/LaBianca Murders.





 Here is the edited, with permission, interview with Jason "Frontline Warrior" Freeman. We both hope you enjoy!
FOREWORD

By Jason Freeman
 (edited)

Pete, friend & supporter, pictured on right
Jason Freeman on left
 "I am the grandson of Charles Manson. Before all the hype, before all the murders and before the so called "Manson Family" my grandma Rosie married Charlie Manson and my father, Charles Manson Jr was born shortly after. I am proud that I made the decision to get to know and become closer to my grandfather within the last three years. I was always told not to open the door to my past but as I look back at my Journey - I do not regret my decision.  I did not choose to be the son or grandson of either Manson but their blood runs through my veins.
I do not fully buy into the image that the Media has given Charlie or the image surrounding the "cult members." Talking to him has opened my eyes spiritually. Most people would not think of him as a man of faith or wisdom.
Back in the 1960's, it was more of a dog eat dog lifestyle. Many people did a lot of traveling and maybe even had to play a "Billy the Kid" type role as means for survival. In my generation, we have more opportunities to be successful. We don't have to face a lot of what our grandparents had to.
Jason Freeman: Left
I've been on a mission for a very long time but instead of the complete vision being laid out in front of me, God has revealed just enough to keep me asking and wanting to know more.
I believe that God has a plan. He has been moving through me for a very long time. He has slowly been opening my eyes to life and to my grandfathers life, that the rest of the world doesn't see... yet.
My story, in all reality, consists of the aftermath of my fathers walk to the 3rd generation walk. That is my focus in moving forward. There has been too much mumbo jumbo with all that mess from years ago. I am on a different path now.
Stay tuned as my life unfolds. Walk with me through my journey, as I uncover even more.


                                                               -Jason Freeman-



          

Q. At what age did you find out that Charles Manson was your grandfather?
A. " I learned that Charles Manson Jr was my real father when I was 11 years old. He contacted my mom and step dad and set up a visitation to meet me. My step dad cried..... It was almost as if he was afraid my father might try to take me away.

It wasn't until the 8th grade that it hit home for me who my grandfather was. We had a history class on Charles Manson and at this time I did  not have much interest in who he was or the details involving the murders. I do recall wondering how many of my classmates knew that I was his grandson... there were only a select few that did know and we would just look at each other and smile knowingly. We were just kids. At the time, I also suspected that maybe the teacher knew... and was hoping I would tell what all I knew. I did not participate though.

My reality with this secret was that my family wanted it to be kept hidden and sealed forever. Back then, I didn't question it. As a kid, I just had faith that my Grandma Rosie got away from Charlie  for a reason and it was just never to be talked about."
Q.  How old were you when you first had contact with Charlie? How did it happen? Was he accepting of you as his grandson?
A.  " I personally contacted him in 2009 after I won a MMA Championship. I was proud and just wanted to share the experience with him. I sent a letter and a picture but he never responded.  I know now that he did get the letter but at the time he  just didn't believe I was who I claimed to be.

I was 35 years old when my grandfather first contacted me, which was 3 years ago. He had heard about and read my first book "Knocking Out The Devil" and wanted contact. The phone call between us was set up through Star, Charlie's fiancĂ©e, and Gray Wolf, his friend. They gave me an exact time to be by my phone so that I wouldn't miss his call. I was on the oil rig, where I work, at this time. Although I was really excited and nervous to talk to him.... I was still holding a grudge deep inside... In the case of "look what you left behind to swallow the shit you created."

Although I wasn't expecting open arms at first, I was a little shocked to feel rejection from him. I didn't expect all the questions that was thrown my way or the fact that I had to go through so much to prove who I was for him to finally relax on the fact that we really were family. I have my father's death certificate and my birth certificate - and family verification ....but it still took a solid year for him to gain complete trust. In all reality, it was a very smart move for him. Anyone can write a book and claim to be anybody.

It was then that he began opening up to me on a real life level and  I finally started gaining some respect for him. I remember one of the first things he ever shared with me when he began to trust that I wasn't out to hurt him. He said to me "I would have never left your grandma Rosie.... I would have never left a marriage. She is the one who left me."
Q.  How often do you guys correspond?
A.  " My grandfather and I talk monthly, sometimes more. When we first started communicating, we exchanged letters more but now its mostly phone calls. Charlie Manson is most likely one of the most popular inmates who is serving life in prison. The mail he gets is unreal!"
Q.  Can you share some of the things that you and Charlie talk about?
Charlie Manson
1947
A.  " Our conversations cover many things. We go over a lot of scripture together. We talk a lot about Ephesians 6: 10-13... the whole armor of God. He often tells me about his childhood and what it was like growing up being raised by his grandmother and uncle. He has told me that he wishes there was just one book that revealed the true story behind his childhood. Facts such as his steps in life with the proper timelines, schools that he went to and the real way that certain events took place.

Three years ago, I wanted him to get the full picture of who I was and the life I had built. I wanted him to know about my beautiful wife, our 2 boys and the one we had on the way. I sent him pictures of my family and things I do in life. By doing that, it has helped create many conversations between us.

After the first year of getting to know each other, which was hard work by the way, he finally accepted me and our friendship took a turn for the better. I couldn't help but to start calling him "grandpa."  He told me once "I don't know how to be a grandfather'' to which I responded "You're doing it now."

Every time I talk to the old man in the box he is so energetic and full of life. It is amazing to see that he has not been broken. People don't believe nor do they understand the spiritual side of him. I believe that life behind bars can change a man's way of thinking.

I've also been able to find out who he is as a person by keeping in contact with Star. He seems to have a good out look when it comes to ATWA: Air, Water, Trees and Animals. He has always been quite the environmentalist."

Q.  Upon learning that Charlie was your grandfather how did you apply it as part of your life growing up versus now?

A.  "Growing up, the fact that my grandfather was a world known "Cult Leader" held no place in my life. My goal was to follow my own path and not one with a criminal mindset. What I do know now, is that the path my grandfather walked was not his choice.

As for now? I have fully accepted him in my life as my grandfather.  I am very happy to be where I am at with him today. It has been quite a challenge."

Q.  Has the Media tried to dramatize and/or interrupt your life?

A.  "They have tried but I do not give the Media or anyone else that chance. I am determined that me and my family do not get hurt. I will not allow my story to be twisted.

Hollywood has built my grandfather up to be the boogeyman and a monster. I want to expose the fairytale/nightmare image that they have created."

Q.  Lets talk about your wife, Audrey Freeman.  How does she feel about Charles Manson and your choice to form a relationship with him?

A.  " 10 years ago when I met Audrey, I just laid it all out there for her. Bluntly, I said "Audrey, you should know that Charles Manson is my grandfather." I felt I needed to give her a heads up before we went any further and before she heard it elsewhere. She was so amazingly open minded. She immediately started laughing and said "Well... lets not tell my parents that...yet."

 Even throughout the years, she has still kept an open mind. We do not allow the same kind of negativity or polished stories about my grandfather that has captured society to affect us. The choice I made to get to know him was a little hard for her at first.  The more we talked about it, the more it became clear to her why I wanted and even needed to do it.  I did not have answers that were important to me to uncover. SO she accepted it for what it was.... that Charles Manson is my bloodline and for us to know each other meant the world to me."
Jason and his wife, Audrey Freeman

Q.  Have you always been so open and honest about your family history?

A.  " I have always been honest about it but only became more public about it when we started getting to know each other 3 years ago. Growing up my mother never wanted to talk about Charlie or answer any of my questions. The topic was so taboo that I eventually found myself letting go of the search of who I truly was and became my own person. I've only added the reality of my true bloodline into who I have become. It does not define me. I am not ashamed of who I am or where my roots lie.


Q.  Lets talk about "you" ... Outside of being a 3rd generation Manson ... Summarize for us some of the positive and negative aspects in your life that brought you to where you are today.

A.  " As I became a young man, I had this fire of anger inside of me. I always had this fear of failing. Ironically, I spent  a lot of my childhood and young adult years in the system and on probation. In my mind, the fight was on. It was always a constant battle to stay out of trouble. I went from Juvenile Jail, to County Jail and eventually .... prison.

In 1999, Prison time was it for me. I was tired of failing and it was time to put an end to my path of self destruction.
I was a good wrestler and football player throughout my school years so after I was released I decided to join some fight leagues. Years of pent up anger and my natural "never give up" mentality took me through an amateur fighting record of 112 wins and 5 losses. I carried a 12-6-1 professional fight record. I also carry a 1st degree black belt in mixed martial arts.



Jason Freeman
Black Belt Certificate of Achievement

 I kept my mind focused on training instead of trouble and finally ... at the age of 27 I got off probation for good and closed that chapter of my life.


I was still living in my hometown of Dennison, Ohio at this time and I found that the mindset of dealing drugs was still somehow looming over me. I knew deep down that if I was ever going to escape this thought process than it was in my best interest to leave.

So I did. I continued to pray for change and wisdom. I prayed that I would meet a good woman and God brought me Audrey. I am now a mentor and public speaker to the youth of our communities across Ohio and the East Coast. We created a Non Profit organization called "Frontline Warriors Inc." It gives teaches young kids life skills and spiritual understanding as we grow to understand who they are along with helping them find purpose in life.
 
Frontline Warriors

These are all a few things that have saved me and brought me to where I am today .... 38 years old and 10.5 years later."


IN CLOSING
 JASON FREEMAN
 
 
I want to thank every interested reader for taking the time to follow me on my journey. All though this is a short message of who I am as a man, husband and father, my trip through following my fathers footsteps and then my honest efforts to understand my grandfathers footsteps has not been easy.
 
My greatest accomplishment has been the trials through life I can now talk about freely. Taking hold of what once held me back in life and putting those strong holds under my feet were hard but I did it. The enemy had me at one point in my life...you could say I worked in his corner. Unfortunately for him...one of his main guys had to go.
 
I can recall many times I felt The Lord laying his hands on my heart. He really opened my physical and spiritual eyes. It feels as though it was just yesterday that I stood in my gym, Vander Fighting Systems, and the people and the lights were slowly fading away as God pulled me out of a selfish lifestyle as a Martial Arts Fighter and revealed the true meaning of life all in seemingly one breath. I looked at my family, then back at the empty gym. I wanted to punch myself in the face. For years I was living a "me" lifestyle. I looked back at all the years that was wasted. The lord revealed to me that the stage of fighting was merely a stage for Him to work through me on. My wife and I both lived that fast pace life style and it caught my eye just not long after it caught her eye that life was changing for the better. We were a growing family. We had some good changes coming our way. I was getting a chance at being a father!!! This is something my historical bloodline roots never had a chance to relax and enjoy. It was awesome.
 
Ajay made our third boy! At this point in my life, I was 35, clear and level headed. I remember the day she gave birth to this little boy. The doctor turns to me and hands me a pair of scissors and said "Your turn." I thought... my turn for what? This experience was another life changer. I cut the life line from my wife to my newborn boy. When he took his first breath of air I cried "Thank you, Lord."
 
In my life, I've come to realize that change is not over night and perfection doesn't happen. All we need is growth and maturity as we grow and pass down what has been given to us. We all need to find that purpose in life. If your passion is racing horses or helping out the elderly, chase that dream down and enjoy the love that it carries as long as you can. We're only here for one trip through this walk on earth. Leave a positive mark...and help make an everlasting change.
 

 
 


















Thursday, November 13, 2014

Intro: An Interview with Charles Manson's Grandson


Intro: An Interview with Charles Manson's

                                              Grandson: Jason Freeman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


*A Word To My Readers*


       Charles Manson. You have all heard of him. Through true crime novels, documentaries or from his mug shot being displayed in a lineup in our History's "Most Notorious Serial Killers." You all know that name.

          I have always had an interest in learning all that I could about the mind, life and crimes of Serial Killers. Most of my research has been mainly open and shut cases, leaving very little to have to figure out.

          I must confess, the name "Manson" has always stirred up grisly images and preconceived notions whenever I would hear it. It also stirred up a lot of questions. In an attempt to find a few answers, I began doing my own research on Charles Manson and the Tate/LaBianca Murders. Well.... if you call "buying into all that the media exp0oses to the public" factual research that is. I drove my husband crazy by watching every interview I could find, night after night, and even kept a file documenting each "cult members" accounts of the events that transpired on the nights of August 9th and 10th, 1969.

          I started to realize that all I had really been gaining from my hard work was more confusion, more of a thirst for truth and more of a need to come to my own conclusions.

Charlie and Rosalie
Wedding Day
          My quest for truth took me in a new direction. I threw out all of my research and decided to start from scratch. What I needed was inside information. I needed to find someone who was just as thirsty to have the truth told as I was to learn it. Through exhaustive efforts I managed to track down Charles Manson's actual grandson, Jason Freeman. Jason's biological father was Charles Manson Jr. ( also known as Jay White.) Jr. was born in 1956 to Charles Manson and Rosalie Jean Willis, his first wife.

Rosalie ( Jason's Grandmother ) and Charles Manson Jr.  (Jason's biological father. )
          I was granted an interview with Jason and will be posting it right here on my blog as my next post. After many weeks of correspondence with him, we have decided to give his story more of a voice and continue working together once this interview has been published.

         You see, I will be sharing with you guys a small glimpse into the life as told from the third generations eyes. His story involves a path that began with family secrecy, unanswered questions about this own historical bloodline, fear of failure, strength and his rise to fame. The path Jason Freeman walks now is of a positive mind set. He speaks out on how he got to this point in his life and will take you along during this very detailed interview - giving you a chance to see WHY he believes that making the decision to know and create a friendship with his grandfather is all a part of God's plan and is changing his life for the better.

          He has managed to change quite a bit of my own perspective involving Manson.... Hopefully together we can change yours!


* For more of a glimpse inside what is only the beginning of the whole truth.... follow me/become a member or simply check back here in the next couple of days for the exclusive unedited interview with Jason Freeman... Charles Manson's Grandson. *


Jason Freeman



" I know now... that the path my Grandfather chose.... was not his fault." - Jason Freeman













         


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The "Back Story" of "Based on a True Story" Texas Chainsaw Massacre

 
The True Story behind the inspiration of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" horror movies us horror fans have loved throughout the years!
 
 
 
 
 
Like most horror movies, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is loosely based. When a movie begins with the words, "Based on a True Story" or "Based on Actual Events" more than likely it is exaggerated to no end! For our entertainment of course! I don't mind, however, I do like to know the story behind it all. What inspires someone to make the movie in the first place. So I've gathered as much information that I could find for you guys! Hope you enjoy.
 
 
LEATHERFACE 
 
THE MAN BEHIND THE
INSPIRATION:
 
EDWARD THEODORE GEIN
 
 
 
Edward (Ed) Theodore Gein was the serial killer that Leatherface was loosely based on. The movie takes place in Texas but the actual murders were in Wisconsin. Ed's mother, Augusta Gein, was a very cruel and strict woman to Ed and his brother, Henry. They were taught that women in general ( except for her of course) were evil and that any form of sexual pleasure was a sin. She forbid her sons from having contact with other people and would not allow them to make friends at school. She talked her husband into buying a farm on the outskirts of town to keep the brothers away from the sins of the world. His father, George Gein, was an abusive alcoholic. Augusta and George fought endlessly and it was obvious to Ed and Henry that their parents were in a loveless marriage but because divorce was a sin, they remained married and miserable.
 
Ed was shy and had an eye malformation. He was made fun of all the time from kids at his school. Surprisingly, he was a very smart and good student.
 
 
In 1944, a fire wiped out part of their fields. Police found  Henry dead but untouched by the fire. It was apparent to the police that he had suffered trauma to the head but in the end, an autopsy proved it to be Asphyxia due to the smoke from the fire. There was a lot of speculation that Ed killed his brother from the citizens in town. Everyone knew that he had an unhealthy infatuation with his mother, viewing her as a "Goddess" and wanted him all to himself, especially since his father had passed recently after drinking himself to death. It was never taken seriously by the police.
 
Later that year, Augusta suffered a stroke that rendered her bed-ridden. Ed spent the entire rest of the year taking care of her until she passed away in December 1945 from another stroke. After his mother's death, Ed became a recluse. He boarded up all the windows in the house and rarely was seen around town except at the local hardware store. It was then that he began all of his research. He started studying the female anatomy. He was also seen making many late night graveyard trips. He would keep up with the obituaries and would dig up fresh corpses, skin them, and put the rest back into the graves.

 
 
Disappearances around the area began in 1954. December 8th actually, which is MY birthday! 51 year old Mary Hogan disappeared from a tavern she was owned and was never found. Police knew foul play was involved because of the blood left behind at the tavern. At this point though, they had no leads. November 1957, Bernice Worden disappeared from the hardware store she owned. Her son, Frank, was the deputy sheriff and after having an odd and unsettling conversation with Ed the previous day when he was purchasing a shovel, Frank had a gut feeling right away. He led the officers to his farm immediately after realizing his mother's disappearance. The smell about knocked them down as soon as they stepped out of their vehicles. Ed had a shed set off behind the house, in which they found Mrs. Worden hanging from the rafters by her ankles, decapitated, disemboweled and slit from her groin to where her throat should have been. When they found her head, it had hooks mounted into it as if he had planned to put it on the wall like it was some type of trophy. Her heart was found in a paper sack in the refrigerator.
While searching the farmhouse, they also found a bodysuit made from the skins of women he had killed. He had chairs with human skin upholstery, necklaces of human lips, and dead skin masks that he would sometimes wear. Upon interrogation, Ed confessed to the murder of Mrs. Worden and Mrs. Hogan among many others he would not name.
 
 



 
Ed was found incompetent at that time to stand trial and was sent to a mental institution in Waupun, Wisconsin. In 1968, doctors sent word that Ed was finally fit to stand trial. He did not serve one day in prison for the gruesome crimes he committed due to a jury who came back with the verdict of "Not Guilty by reason of insanity."
 
He died in 1984 from heart and respiratory failure.
 
 



His grave-site was a popular place for many tourists. This headstone was eventually stolen in 2000. Who knows what some morbid weirdo has done with it! Also...what warped individual would put a rose on his grave!
 
 
AND THUS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE WAS BORN....
 
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( 1974 )
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part II ( 1986 )
3. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III ( 1990 )
4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation ( 1994 )
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake of the Original ( 2000 )
6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning ( 2006 )
7. Texas Chainsaw 3D ( 2013 ) * What the hell happened to Massacre??? *
 
COOL FACT: "Psycho" was also inspired by Ed Gein!
 
I urge you to check out the movie: "Ed Gein."  I found it interesting and after checking in my research I found it pretty factual!
 
 
I plan to continue doing "Back Stories" on most of my favorite "Based on a True Story" horror movies! So keep checkin! I'm on a roll!
See you guys..right here...next time!
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Contribution to the Movies from the 1980's - 1990's that created my somewhat - Obsession for them.




I started watching movies (grown up movies, mind you) at the age of 7 years old. I can remember as far back as being 5 or 6 years old sitting in my mothers lap watching Friday the 13th (on Friday the 13th.) It was a tradition. I use to pretend I was the screen writer for whatever movie I was obsessed with at the time. I use to rewrite certain parts of it in my own words. I started doing this around the age of 10.

I started this out by only listing 50 of them but I couldn't leave out any so I just kept on going. I stopped at an odd number but I just couldn't put a limit on it. Every single one of these movies contributed to my love and passion for them. Every one of these movies, no matter how cheesy, silly or dumb, I have watched over and over and never got tired of. Some you may have heard before...others you may not. Hope you guys have time because this is going to be a long one! I wrote this with intentions that you guys would enjoy this just as much as you all did the post I wrote listing my all time favorite horror movies. And would you believe that there is not one single horror movie listed in this post. Thrillers - yes. Horror - No.
Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


AND
PRESENTS:
 
 
1. PLEASANTVILLE - 1998 STARRING: Reese Witherspoon and Tobey McGuire
 
2. BEACHES - 1988 - STARRING: Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey
 
3. FLATLINERS - 1990 - STARRING: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon
 
4. STAND BY ME - 1986 - STARRING: River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldmen
 
5. THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE: 1992 - STARRING: Annabella Sciorra
 
6. GIRL, INTERRUPTED: 1999 - STARRING: Angelina Jolie and Wynona Ryder
 
7. BOYS ON THE SIDE: 1995 - STARRING: Drew Barrymore and Whoppie Goldberg
 
8. MERMAIDS: 1990 - STARRING: Cher and Wynona Ryder
 
9. ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING: 1987 - STARRING: Elizabeth Shue
 
10. THE BREAKFAST CLUB: 1985 - STARRING: Molly Ringwald and Emileo Estevez
 
11. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH: 1982 - STARRING: Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sean Penn
 
12. LESS THAN ZERO: 1987 - STARRING: Robert Downy Jr and Andrew McCarthy
 
13. SIXTEEN CANDLES: 1984 - STARRING: Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall
 
14. WEIRD SCIENCE: 1985 - STARRING: Anthony Michael Hall
 
15. LEAN ON ME: 1989 - STARRING: Morgan Freemen
 
16. POWDER: 1995 - STARRING:
 
17. PRATICAL MAGIC: 1998 - STARRING: Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman
 
18. MAN IN THE MOON: 1991 - STARRING:  Reese Witherspoon and Jeremy London
 
19. THE CRAFT: 1996 - STARRING: Neve Campbell and Robin Tunney
 
20. HOPE FLOATS: 1998 - Sandra Bullock
 
21. BIG: 1988 - STARRING: Tom Hanks  - Last July, My Family and I took a trip to New York City for 5 days. One of the things that I HAD to do was go to FAO SCHWARZ and take a picture of the Original Piano that Tom Hanks played on in this movie:
                                                         I KNOW RIGHT!!!
 
22. COCKTAIL: 1988 - STARRING: Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Shue
 
23. CRUEL INTENTIONS: 1999 - STARRING: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon
 
24. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE: 1987 - STARRING: Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson
 
25. THE LIAR'S CLUB: 1993 - STARRING: Brian Krause and Wil Wheaton
 
26. THEN AND NOW: 1995 - STARRING: Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell and Christina Ricci
 
27. THE WRAITH: 1986 - STARRING: Charlie Sheen
 
28. AS GOOD AS IT GETS: 1997 - STARRING: Jack Nicholason and Helen Hunt
 
29. GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: 1985 - STARRING: Helen Hunt, Sarah Jessica Parker and Shannon Daughtery
 
30. CONAIR: 1997 - STARRING: John Cusack and Nicholas Cage
 
31. FEAR: 1996 - STARRING: Mark Walberg, Reese Witherspoon and Alyssa Milano
 
32. AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMEN: 1982 - STARRING: Richard Gere and Debra Winger
 
33. GHOST: 1990 - STARRING: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopie Goldberg
 
34. DIRTY DANCING: 1987 - STARRING: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
 
35. ANYWHERE BUT HERE: 1999 - STARRING: Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman
 
36. THE SANDLOT: 1993 - STARRING: Tom Guiry
 
37. STEPMOM: 1998 - STARRING: Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon
 
38. THE CRUSH: 1993 - STARRING: Alicia Silverstone
 
39. WITCHES OF EASTWICK: 1987 - STARRING: Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Phieffer and Jack Nicholason
 
40. THELMA AND LOUISE: 1991 - STARRING: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis and Brad Pitt
 
41. PUMP UP THE VOLUME: 1990 - STARRING: Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis
 
42. UNTAMED HEART: 1993 - STARRING: Christian Slater and Marissa Tomai
 
43. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: 1993 - STARRING: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
 
44. HOCUS POCUS: 1993 - STARRING: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker
 
45. OVERBOARD: 1987 - STARRING: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
 
46. THE FIRST WIVES CLUB: 1996 - STARRING: Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn
 
47. NATIONAL LAMPOONS VACATION: 1983 - STARRING: Chevy Chase
 
48. SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: 1995 - STARRING: Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid
 
49. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN: 1994 - STARRING: Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia
 
50. BEETLEJUICE: 1988 - STARRING: Geena Davis and Wynona Ryder
 
51. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: 1992 - STARRING: Genna Davis, Madonna, Rosie O' Donnell and Tom Hanks
 
52. COMING TO AMERICA: 1988 - STARRING: EDDIE MURPHEY AND ARSENIAL HALL
 
53. FERRIS BUELERS DAY OFF: 1986 - STARRING: MATTHEW BRODERICK
 
54. STEEL MAGNOLIAS: 1989 - STARRING: Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Pardon
 
55. PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED: 1986 - STARRING: Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage
 
56. ALIVE - 1993 - BASED ON A TRUE STORY - STARRING: Ethan Hawke
 
57. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: 1994 - STARRING: Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda
 
58. GREMLINS: 1984 - STARRING: PHOEBE CATES
 
59. THE GOONIES - 1985 - STARRING: Corey Feldmen and Sean Austin
 
60. MY GIRL: 1991 - STARRING: Anna Chumskey and McCauley Culkin
 
61. GREASE: 1978: STARRING: John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
 
62. ONE CRAZY SUMMER: 1986 - STARRING: John Cusack and Demi Moore
 
63. THREE O'CLOCK HIGH: 1987 - STARRING: Richard Tyson
 
64. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION: 1994 - STARRING: Tim Robbins and Morgan Freemen
 
65. JAWBREAKER: 1999 - STARRING: Rose McGowen
 
66. DON'T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER'S DEAD: 1991 - STARRING: Christina Applegate
 
67. ARMAGEDDON: 1998 - STARRING: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler
 
68. SHE'S ALL THAT: 1999 - STARRING: Freddie Prince Jr and Rachel Leigh Cook
 
69. DRIVE ME CRAZY: 1999 - STARRING: Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier
 
70. TEEN WITCH: 1989 - STARRING: Robyn Livey
 
71. CAN'T HARDLY WAIT: 1998 - STARRING: Jennifer Love Hewitt
 
72. FOXFIRE: 1996 - STARRING: Angelina Jolie
 
73. JOSH AND S.A.M: 1993 - STARRING: Jake Gyllenhaul
 
74. MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING: 1997 - STARRING: Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz
 
75. ROMY AND MICHELLE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: 1998 - STARRING: Lisa Kudrow
 
76. A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY: 1998 - STARRING: Will Ferrell
 
77. PRETTY WOMAN: 1990 - STARRING: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts
 
78: LUCAS: 1986 - STARRING: Corey Haim
 
79: SUMMER SCHOOL: 1987 - STARRING: KIRSTIE ALLEY
 
80: DROP DEAD FRED: 1991 - STARRING: Phoebe Cates
 
81. TROOP BEVERLY HILLS: 1989 - STARRING: Shelly Long
 
82. TEACHING MRS. TINGLE: 1999 - STARRING: Katie Holmes
 
83. GO - 1999 - STARRING: Katie Holmes
 
84. THE BURBS: 1989: STARRING: Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher
 
85. SINGLE WHITE FEMALE: 1992 - STARRING: Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh
 
86. VARSITY BLUES: 1999 - STARRING: James Van Der Beek and Paul Walker
 
87. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES: 1991 - STARRING: Kathy Bates
 
88. RADIO FLYER: 1992 - STARRING: Tom Hanks and Elijah Wood
 
89. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: 1999 - STARRING: Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles
 
90. MAC AND ME: 1988 - STARRING: Jonathon Ward
 
91. BAD BOYS: 1983 - STARRING: Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh
 
92. LICENSE TO DRIVE: 1988 - STARRING: Corey Haim and Corey Feldmen
 
93. LOOK WHO'S TALKING: 1989 - STARRING: Kirstie Alley and John Travolta
 
94: FOOTLOOSE: 1984 - STARRING: Kevin Bacon - SIDE NOTE: I actually thought the recent Remake of this movie was better!
 
" FAVORITE IMAGE MOMENTS AND QUOTES"
 
 
 
 
 
 
"JUST A FEW OF MANY GREAT ACTRESSES AND ACTORS I HAVE WATCHED AND LOVED
THROUGH THE YEARS"
 
ANDREW McCARTHY

BETTE MIDLER


CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

KATIE HOLMES


JOHN CUSACK
MICHAEL ANTHONY HALL




NEVE CAMPBELL


ROBERT DOWNY JR


SUSAN SARANDON


SANDRA BULLOCK

REESE WITHERSPOON


TOM HANKS

WYNONA RYDER

 
 
 
 
Hope you have enjoyed my List Honoring
some of the best movies of all time.
Have I left out any that has always followed
you throughout the years? If so leave me some I may have forgotten in the comment section below! Looking forward to your feedback!