The Lake Bodom Murders
Between the night of Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5, 1960, on the edge of the finland lake bodom, located about 20 kilometers from Helsinki, three teenagers were brutally murdered. It all started when, several hours earlier, friends Seppo Boisman and Nils Gustaffson, 18, arrived with their girlfriends Tuulikki Mäki and Maili Björklund, 15. They pitched their tents, took out some of the many bottles of alcoholic beverages they had brought for the occasion and began to have fun, surrounded by nature.
The next day, early in the morning, a local who was about to enjoy a day at the lake with his children discovered a macabre scene. A collapsed tent on the shore. Blood, lots of blood. And four still bodies. Thrown on the ground. mutilated.
When the Police arrived at the scene, they verified everything that the man had notified them. And more.
Seppo Boisman and Tuulikki Mäki were inside their tent. Dead. They had been stabbed and beaten with a blunt object.
Maili Bjöklund was found not inside but on her tent, fallen near the water’s edge. Her body was naked from the waist down, and had multiple stab wounds. Many of them, as it would be determined later, had been carried out post-mortem.
Finally, and near his girlfriend, Nils Gustaffson was found lying on the ground. He too had been stabbed and beaten disfigured. He had multiple bruises and fractures to his jaw and various facial bones. But unlike the others, he was still alive, albeit unconscious. He had suffered a concussion.
After four days of remaining in a coma, Gustaffson regained consciousness and was able to tell what he remembered of the event. Practically nothing. According to his account, of the attack that occurred in the middle of the night when everyone was already asleep, the only thing he remembered was the alleged aggressor, whom he had glimpsed. A blond man, dressed in black and bright red.
The investigation of the massacre, poorly carried out by the local police, who did not cordon off the area and corrupted the scene of the triple crime, had four suspects. One of them was Gustaffson himself, who was accused of committing the bloody act motivated by alleged jealousy that his girlfriend Maili would have woken him up that night (which, according to this hypothesis, would explain the viciousness with which she was killed, much higher than that applied to the other victims). However, there was no hard evidence against any of the accused.
To this day, the Lake Bodom murders remain unpunished and continue to arouse the interest of thousands of people around the world.. The same one that will have woken up, back in the late 1970s, those responsible for one of the inescapable classics of horror movies: Tuesday the 13th (Friday the 13th, 1980).
Although none of them admitted to having been inspired by any real massacre to create that film, which would lead to one of the most iconic and profitable franchises of the genre, many are those who see important similarities between the real case that we discussed lines back and that film and several of its sequels. A campsite on the edge of a remote lake. Teenagers alone and wanting to have fun. Bloody crimes committed brutally. A mysterious murderer, that no one saw coming. Undoubtedly, there are several coincidences.
Over the years, the Tuesday the 13th saga – which began with (spoiler alert) Mrs. Voorhees as the villain, then handed over to her legendary son Jason, one of the most famous characters in the seventh art – developed its own mythology. But there are several signs that the murders of Lake Bodom planted the seed of it.
Danny Rolling, the “Gainsville Ripper”
In August 1990, a vicious and brutal “serial killer” terrorized the college town of Gainsville, Florida, in the United States. During that month, four girls were sexually abused and sadistically murdered, and a young man was stabbed to death.
The first two victims of the then mysterious criminal were two friends, Sonja Larson and Christina Powell, who shared an apartment on the outskirts of campus. Larson was found dead in her bedroom, with duct tape covering her mouth and several stab wounds to her torso. Powell was found in her own room, also gagged with tape. In addition to presenting multiple stab wounds to her back, and unlike her partner, Christina had had her hands tied, her clothes had been slashed, and she had been raped. What both victims shared in the macabre scene of the double crime was the way in which their bodies were found. Both had been posed in sexually provocative positions by the killer.
The next day, the mysterious killer would strike again, earning his infamous nickname the “Gainsville Ripper.” On that occasion, and as investigators were later able to reconstruct, Christa Hoyt, 18, was first subdued and immobilized in a chokehold. She then covered his mouth with duct tape and tied his hands behind her back. He took her to her bedroom, cut off her clothes and raped her. He then stabbed her several times from behind and, once she was dead, turned her over and opened her abdomen from her pubic bone to her sternum. Later, not content with what he had already done to her, he decapitated her and placed her head on a shelf, facing her body.
The last two victims of the murderer would perish two days later. friends and roommates Tracy Paules and Manny Taboada both 23 years old, were found dead by the Police a few hours after they were killed. The man was found in the same position in which he had lost his life, stabbed in his room. Paules, on the other hand, had an end almost identical to that of the rest of the deceased. His body bound, gagged and arranged in a sexually provocative pose showed signs of sexual abuse and three stab wounds in the back.
But these five savage murders had not been the only ones. A year ago, a triple crime had shocked the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. A 55-year-old man named William Grisson, his daughter Julie, 24, and her son Sean, just 8, were found stabbed to death.. And not only that: the young woman’s body was found in a disturbing sexual position. Noting the similarity of this case with what happened in the space of five days in Gainsville, the Louisiana Police contacted the aforementioned Florida city. And he provided the name of a suspect they had their sights set on but couldn’t find: a 36-year-old man named Danny Rolling.
Investigators quickly got going and, to their surprise, discovered that this Rolling guy had been in jail in the state since September 7 for a supermarket robbery. And when they began to investigate it, they realized that, at last, they had found the maniac they were looking for. His blood coincided with that of some remains present in all the crime scenes, at the same time that tools were found that coincided with the marks found in the homes in which the author of the murders had broken into. But the most important and revealing discovery was another: a series of cassettes, in which Rolling’s voice was heard alluding, among other things, to his bloody raid.
Shortly thereafter, and long before Rolling’s execution by lethal injection in 2006, the crimes of the “Gainsville Ripper” they inspired a young and inexperienced screenwriter who wanted to “stick it” in Hollywood. And boy did he do it. her name was Kevin Williamson and would become nothing more and nothing less than the author of Scream: Watch Who’s Calling (Scream, 1996), one of the greatest hits of that decade that, later, would be a franchise exploited to this day. A secondary school in a small town. Unsuspecting teenagers. A mysterious killer who breaks into their homes to kill them with a knife and cause panic throughout the community. In short, a truly successful formula, inspired by one of the most terrifying real cases in the history of the United States.
Ed Gein, the “Butcher of Plainfield”
One of the world’s most notorious killers, not so much because of their number of victims or way of killing, but because of the atrocity of their acts. Because Ed not only killed two women and is suspected of seven other crimes: he also mutilated his two confirmed victims in a very perverse way and dedicated himself to stealing corpses from cemeteries between 1947 and 1957.
When the Plainfield Police (in Wisconsin, United States), arrived at the Gein farm, one of the suspects in the disappearance of Berenice Worden, owner of a local hardware store, found a scene of terror. In the barn, the troops found the woman’s body. He was hanging, tied by the ankles to the ceiling. Naked. With a cut that ran through her entire torso. Gutted. Headless.
But it was not the only thing they found. Inside Gein’s house, there was a veritable collection of horror. Bones and parts of human bodies. A trash can, upholstered furniture, lampshades, a corset, leggings and masks, all made from human skin. Ashtrays and containers made from the skulls of people and many other skulls distributed throughout the property. A belt made from women’s nipples. Nine vulvas inside a shoebox. four noses. A pair of lips. Feminine nails. The head and heart of Berenice Worden. The skull of Mary Hogan, her first confirmed victim. Another mask, made from skin from Hogan’s face.
When questioned, Gein told investigators that the corpses he had handled throughout his life reminded him of his mother, a hyper-religious and severe woman who had instilled in him that women were the source of all sin. He also told them that he planned to make a “woman’s suit” (that is, made from women’s skin), with the aim of becoming her mother and seeing how she felt, literally “being under the skin”. her skin.”
The case of Ed Gein – who was tried, found incompetent due to insanity and confined until his death in a mental institution – not only shocked public opinion at the time, but also left a profound impact on popular culture, which endures. to the present day. So chilling were his actions that, in addition to leaving an indelible mark on the memory of the United States, he was, perhaps, the murderer who inspired the most horror movie villains.
Some of them are:
–Norman Bates: the psychopathic murderer of, pardon the redundancy, Psycho (1960) was directly inspired by Gein, in the words of Robert Bloch himself, the author of the novel adapted for the big screen by the great Alfred Hitchcock, who also lived a few kilometers from distance from where Ed committed his crimes.
–Leatherface: The most iconic villain of the classic of classics The Chain Saw Massacre (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 1974) and its subsequent sequels, prequels and offshoots is another heavily based on Gein, already from his very name: “Leather Face”. Those who have seen a movie from this franchise will know how much this character likes human skin and corpses.
–buffalobill: The true villain of The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – although, of course, less remembered than the iconic Hanibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins – was inspired by not one, but at least three murderers real serials. One of them was Ted Bundy, another Ed Kemper, and the third, of course, was Gein. From whom we are concerned in these lines, the authors took Bill’s fondness for dressing in clothes made from human skin.
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