1: This part, at least, is factual. I’ve seen the fire-pit myself.
2: The actual home was located in the down-town area, not the outskirts. This confusion is the result of the streets being renamed in 1968.
3: Very likely the reason so many details have been lost. People are far better at scaring themselves than any third party.
4: While it’s true he worked for a butcher’s shop, he was an accountant, not an actual butcher. Embellishments like this are difficult to pass up.
5: The medical records of the time confirm this, but the magnitude of the deformity has been exaggerated in successive retellings.
6: It has not been confirmed that there was ever a sexual relationship between them.
7: Otherwise known as “The Gut Grinder” it’s production ended 3 years earlier, for precisely this reason.
8: The omission is likely deliberate. The report was destroyed in a fire, but it actually happened years after the execution, and the emergence of the original story.
9: The volume of blood supports this.
10: This was the result of the reconstructive surgery her mother underwent a year later.
11: These words were actually uttered by a serial killer five years after this incident.
12: Unlikely. Signs of a prion disease would have manifested by this point.
13: In actuality, his son; he maintained an unsettling fascination with the incident, sometimes recreating it with mannequins.
14: While rumors continued, no human remains were ever found on the premises.
15: There is not currently a clear understanding why these noises only occur once a year.
16: A slight misquotation, the actual phrasing runs: “Is that the wind dying? O no/ It’s only two devils, that blow/Through a murderer’s bones, to and fro…”-Thomas Lovell Beddoes, “Death’s Jest Book”.