Some of the sickest killers and creepiest tales that cinema has seen have been inspired by real events. The infamous Ed Gein was the source of inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as well as Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. The mysterious serial killer called The Monster of Florence was the basis for The Silence of the Lambs‘ Hannibal Lecter, and even this summer’s hit The Conjuring recounts a true story of an out-of-hand haunting.
The world is full of mysteries, murders, and deeply disturbing true stories. So with Halloween just around the corner, here are ten true stories that seem perfect for a horror movie re-imagination of their own. Admittedly, some of these have gotten low-budget movie versions. But we think they deserve something a bit more substantial and deserving of their richly spooky roots.