Texas Myth# 31

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE REALLY HAPPENED.

False. The 1974 film of the same name, which propagated a spatter-happy horror genre, was based on a real story—but one that didn’t involve Texas, a chain saw, or a massacre. In 1957 police in Plainfield, Wisconsin, were searching for a missing woman when a tip led them to local oddball Ed Gein, whose farmhouse proved to contain rotting parts from fifteen female bodies. Film-makers later used details from the case to flesh out the story of Leatherface and his cannibalistic clan.

Q: I heard that Neiman Marcus got its start because the founders blew a chance to invest in Coca-Cola. Is this an urban legend?

A: It’s the real thing. In 1906 Herbert Marcus, his sister Carrie Neiman, and her

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