True story, but who’d believe it?
As Inspector at Scotland Yard, I saw lots of strange and bizarre things. For example, we had a case of where a man killed his wife, cut her up and threw parts of her off the train. He kept the head, burned it in his fireplace —- when suddenly, due to the heat —- the eyes began to open.
He ran out of his bungalow screaming. He later confessed to the whole lot and was convicted and hanged for it.
I had a conversation about this with a one Mr. Hitchcock who got inspired to make a movie on it —- Rear Window.
Dear Cuzzin Kent,
Nu? We take inspiration where we can get it. 😉 Now we know. Good one.
Okay it’s morning here, but it’s evening in Australia.
I was looking on-line at the Hitchcock Hour episodes, so, yeah. Then, that pic, your story and I was on my way. Inspiration didn’t hit until last night. Hitchcock told about it himself on The Dick Cavett Show in 1972, but never told what the movie was he based it on. I knew anyway. I did a LOT of reading on Hitchie over the years and had History and Art of Film with Professor John Smead at Central MO. He was a Hitchcock fan, by the way.
Great story idea for this prompt.
I hated that movie, but watched it twice anyway. It was such an intriguing plot, and well done because it was hard to make a movie interesting when you had only one basic setting throughout the whole thing.
Yeah, it’s a film you have to stay with if you want the satisfaction, but I have seen it MANY times (yes, I have the movie) and it’s actually quite fun. The climax was pretty gripping, I thought. Nothing like The Man Who Knew Too Much, but still gripping. BTW, my uncle was in the Army Air Corps and was billeted with Jimmy Stewart during the war for about a day.
That would have been an interesting experience for your uncle. Hope he got an autograph.
I love Rear Window – and such a pleasant story it was based on!
Man, you REALLY must have been having a bad week! 😀
I believe absolutely this was a true story
It was in the 1860’s I think. England.
I personally love Rear Window and all things Hitchcock. Enjoyed your take on the prompt 🙂
Thanks, Sue. Nice to know someone has taste in the macabre with class. Hitch had it.
I hope Mr. Hitchcock gave the inspector a cut of the movie’s take. But from what I’ve heard, he was something of a skinflint.I like the way the killer was made to confess, shades of “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
The way it works is a small compensation like a bottle of wine or something. Hitch might have given him something.
True story? Jeepers. Some people just can’t help incriminate themselves. But I guess if I were to kill someone and their eyes opened like that I would freak.
Great take on the prompt, the image will stick for a while 😀.
You should go on Youtube and see the interview Dick Cavett had with him. Hitchcock told the story, telling it like NO ONE ELSE.
Ooh! I liked this story, perfect for the prompt. Though I thought Rear Window was based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich, which itself was based on a short story by HG Wells.
Well, it is and it isn’t. While the story was by Woolrich, Hitchcock added a lot of other things, real life instances, etc. He did that in all his movies.
in this week’s picture prompt, i seem to see the face of a woman on the second story window. it must be her. 🙂
It just might be. You never know.
Rear Window is one of Hitchcock’s many masterpieces. He took simple ideas and ran with them. Just like you ran with this one. Nicely done.
I agree. Rear Window is a good one. Thanks for reading!
An interesting story, well told. I get enough macabre from the news these days, even without burning spousal heads in fireplaces. 🙂
I worked in TV news for 21 years — why do you think I got out? 😀
This sounds like the absolute truth…
Been known to happen MORE than once, I’m afraid.
Hah! Some true stories are stranger than fiction!
Good one, Kent.
Thanks, Dale. Please hide all the sharp objects in your kitchen.
Wow, she came from the dead to haunt him. Some people will do anything to get even LOL. Great post.
Thanks, Geri! 😀