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11 True-Life Murders That Were So Shocking They Inspired Movies

The dark stories behind the Hollywood hits.

1. The Parker-Hulme murder case, which inspired the movie Heavenly Creatures.

2. The Gainesville Ripper killings that were the inspiration for the movie Scream.

3. “The Winneville Chicken Coop murders” that inspired the movie Changeling.

4. The chilling story of “The Teacup Poisoner” which inspired the movie, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook.

5. “The Backpacker Murders” that inspired the horror film Wolf Creek.

6. The Aileen Wuornos murders, which inspired the movie Monster, starring Charlize Theron.

7. The Zodiac killer which inspired the movie Zodiac.

8. The Starkweather spree killings which inspired Terrence Mallick’s Badlands and Peter Jackson's The Frighteners.

9. “The Pied Piper of Tucson” killings which inspired the story behind the film Smooth Talk.

10. The DeFeo family murders which inspired The Amityville Horror.

11. Ed Gein AKA “The Butcher of Plainfield”, the basis for the killers in Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre