The Shocking Truth
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Wednesday, July 17

Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that inspired the character. Ed Gein was a Wisconsin farm hand who robbed graves and fashioned costumes from the dead bodies of women before turning to murdering his own victims. Gein inspired Robert Bloch’s 1959 suspense thriller Psycho, which was turned into a film classic by “The Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock a year later. Featuring archival material from Alfred Hitchcock and an original interview with one of the few people still alive that grew up with Ed Gein. Show Less
Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that ...Show More

Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that inspired the character. Ed Gein was a Wisconsin farm hand who robbed graves and fashioned costumes from the dead bodies of women before turning to murdering his own victims. Gein inspired Robert Bloch’s 1959 suspense thriller Psycho, which was turned into a film classic by “The Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock a year later. Featuring archival material from Alfred Hitchcock and an original interview with one of the few people still alive that grew up with Ed Gein. Show Less
Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the deranged cross-dressing killer from Psycho, but few know the story of the real life killer that ...Show More

Thursday, July 18

“The Fugitive” was the third highest grossing film of 1993 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing a relentless U.S. Marshal who pursues the wrongfully convicted inmate Dr. Richard Kimble. But the Shocking Truth is that both the movie and TV series are based on a real crime. In 1954, Dr. Sam Sheppard, his wife Marilyn and their young son Sam were living in a two-story house in a Cleveland suburb. On July 4th, Marilyn Sheppard was beaten to death in her bedroom while her husband slept downstairs on the couch. Dr. Sheppard was woken up by the cries of his wife. He immediately ran upstairs to their bedroom. As he entered the bedroom, he saw what he described as a "form" in the room. This “form” later morphed into the infamous “one-armed man” character in both the series and the film. Show Less
“The Fugitive” was the third highest grossing film of 1993 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Tommy Lee J...Show More

“The Fugitive” was the third highest grossing film of 1993 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing a relentless U.S. Marshal who pursues the wrongfully convicted inmate Dr. Richard Kimble. But the Shocking Truth is that both the movie and TV series are based on a real crime. In 1954, Dr. Sam Sheppard, his wife Marilyn and their young son Sam were living in a two-story house in a Cleveland suburb. On July 4th, Marilyn Sheppard was beaten to death in her bedroom while her husband slept downstairs on the couch. Dr. Sheppard was woken up by the cries of his wife. He immediately ran upstairs to their bedroom. As he entered the bedroom, he saw what he described as a "form" in the room. This “form” later morphed into the infamous “one-armed man” character in both the series and the film. Show Less
“The Fugitive” was the third highest grossing film of 1993 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Tommy Lee J...Show More

Friday, July 19

The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four films have grossed more than $330 million dollar in North America alone. It also spawned a successful TV series in 2015. But the roots of the story go back to a horrifying murder in Florida in the early 1990’s. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson was inspired to draft an 18-page script treatment about a young woman, alone in a house, who is taunted over the phone and then attacked by a masked killer. He borrowed elements from the real story of serial killer Danny Harold Rolling, a.k.a “The Gainesville Ripper” who murdered four female college students in Florida in 1990. Williamson changed the location from a college to a high school for the original film. The opening scene of the first “Scream” movie featured the gruesome murder of a young woman played by Drew Barrymore. Her grisly murder closely resembles the first brutal slaying committed by Rolling. Show Less
The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four film...Show More

The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four films have grossed more than $330 million dollar in North America alone. It also spawned a successful TV series in 2015. But the roots of the story go back to a horrifying murder in Florida in the early 1990’s. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson was inspired to draft an 18-page script treatment about a young woman, alone in a house, who is taunted over the phone and then attacked by a masked killer. He borrowed elements from the real story of serial killer Danny Harold Rolling, a.k.a “The Gainesville Ripper” who murdered four female college students in Florida in 1990. Williamson changed the location from a college to a high school for the original film. The opening scene of the first “Scream” movie featured the gruesome murder of a young woman played by Drew Barrymore. Her grisly murder closely resembles the first brutal slaying committed by Rolling. Show Less
The “Scream” movies featuring the iconic Ghostface killer are one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The four film...Show More

Tuesday, July 23

“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz has gone insane and now commands his own local troops inside neutral Cambodia. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard is assigned to terminate Kurtz with extreme prejudice. Francis Ford Coppola’s movie was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s book, “Heart of Darkness”, about the disintegration into madness of a man who goes into the jungle. But the Shocking Truth is that the story is also based on a real army colonel who went rogue in the jungle. Robert Rheault, and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent. Colonel Rheault along with several of his Special Forces officers were arrested by the U.S. Military and threatened with court-martial charges of conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation and court-martial, held by the U.S. Army in Vietnam, rapidly became engulfed in a firestorm of media publicity. Most of the American public, and the Special Forces, believed that Colonel Rheault and all involved had been made scapegoats for a matter that reflected poorly upon the Army. Show Less
“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. ...Show More

Saturday, July 27

“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz has gone insane and now commands his own local troops inside neutral Cambodia. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard is assigned to terminate Kurtz with extreme prejudice. Francis Ford Coppola’s movie was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s book, “Heart of Darkness”, about the disintegration into madness of a man who goes into the jungle. But the Shocking Truth is that the story is also based on a real army colonel who went rogue in the jungle. Robert Rheault, and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent. Colonel Rheault along with several of his Special Forces officers were arrested by the U.S. Military and threatened with court-martial charges of conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation and court-martial, held by the U.S. Army in Vietnam, rapidly became engulfed in a firestorm of media publicity. Most of the American public, and the Special Forces, believed that Colonel Rheault and all involved had been made scapegoats for a matter that reflected poorly upon the Army. Show Less
“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. ...Show More

About The Shocking Truth

The Shocking Truth digs deep into notorious real-life murders and crimes and explores how Hollywood turned them into its most memorable thrillers. The behind-the-scenes stories of how these gruesome events became unforgettable movies is as fascinating as the true crimes themselves. Through cinematic re-enactments and exclusive interviews with the writers, directors and cast members, as well as the detectives, attorneys, and criminologists who investigated the actual crimes, we lay out a compelling story line — how despicable wrong doings became art, creating moments etched in our pop culture.