A couple of days ago I posted a trivia question here.
You left me guesses as to what happened in the tiny rural village of Plainfield, Wisconsin circa 1957.
Some guessed that was where and when I was born. NOT. I was greatly amused when "Cousin Pam" (who is actually my S-I-L's cousin) thought you were making me TRULY older than dirt by guessing 1957 as my birth year. Thank you, Cousin Pam, you are sweet. My ACTUAL birth year is 1953, same year Watson and Crick made the first model of DNA, which means I was nearly 4 in 1957. I TRULY AM OLDER THAN DIRT!!!
Lynn suggested there was a Big Foot sighting.
Leigh had a whole passel of creative suggestions.
Jenn the Dust Bunny wondered, among other things, if there was a cow tipping.
Kirby asked if a famous rock band was formed.
The truth, which some of you knew, is far more gruesome. Plainfield was the home of the grave robber and serial killer, Ed Gein, who treated his victims as if they were animals, tanning their hides to upholster chairs and cover lamps. You can read lots more about it here, if you so choose.
He was the inspiration for several horror movies including "Psycho," "The Silence of the Lambs," and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." (photo & movie credits from Wikipedia)
Growing up 30 miles from Plainfield, we did not need Urban Legends to share around campfires on Halloween - - - we had Ed Gein, and truth in THIS case was much stranger than fiction.
Later, Wisconsin was also home to another even scarier mass-killer named Jeffrey Dahmer, who would take your arm and leg and leave you headless, but we'll leave THAT tale for another Halloween.
One last thought for this little Halloween post - - - the quiet, idyllic, beautiful countryside may not be as innocent as you think. Watch out for every hay bale!!!
Especially if that bale looks like this: