Friday, February 29, 2008

Changeling Based on a true story

Like we said before, the upcoming movie Changeling is based on a true story: it is based upon the Wineville Chicken Murders.

At the request of Clint Eastwood the reference to this true story has been omitted from from the official synopsis. Clint Eastwood states indeed that 'the important thing […] is whether it’s a good story, and if it’s well told'.

Nonetheless the real names of all the characters have been retained!

From Wikipedia we learn more about the case:

The Wineville Chicken Murders (also known as he Wineville Chicken Coop Murders) took place in the late 1920's in Los Angeles: the crazy Gordon Stewart Northcott kidnapped and murdered boys before being caught and sentenced to be hanged.

Wineville Chicken Murders - Northcott farmWineville Chicken Murders - Northcott farm
(Extract from Jurupa By Kim Jarrell Johnson - Google Book)

Arthur Hutchins, a runaway from Illinois, claimed he was Walter Collins, one of the missing boys, so he could get a free trip to California. LA police, in a hurry to close the case, tried to convince Walter's mother, Christine Collins, that Arthur Hutchins, was her son. When she refused to believe this was her son, she was placed in the psychopathic ward of the Los Angeles County General Hospital for ten days. Only after Arthur Hutchins, admitted he was not Christine Collins' son was Christine released.

About the title of the movie, Changeling:
In some old legend from Europe, a changeling is the offspring of a troll or a faery that has been secretly left in the place of a human child. Either by malice or to use the kidnapped child as servant...
Hence the title of the movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

Nowadays DNA tests would help to avoid such a situation. But other cases where innocents are convicted or secluded still happen unfortunately...


Jan said...

My Grandparents purchased the chicken ranch property after these murders occurred. I remember her story, after buying the place; it is as frightening as the actual events. There's more to the story....

S said...

Go on. How an I learn more?

steph said...

i live in the area but cant find out exactly where it was. kind of disappointing. i have read the newspaper articles from the year it happened and it was pretty gruesome!

Robin Vargas said...

There are Many stories of Molesters who have changed the lives of people in our communities.

aries1979 said...

Aaron was arrested for allegedly killing the man who sexually and psychologically abused him and many others in a small community for decades. Please go to He needs help.


terridgguy said...

The thing that's so sick is that anyone think of doing something like this to another living being. People are sick and f**ked up. They were 80 years ago, they are now and they will be 100 years from now. In my opinion him being molested when he was a child should make him less likely to want to put someone else through that. I don't give a sh*t what any shrink says.....He ruined this poor womans life. She spent every second of everyday looking for her son because she couldn't believe he was dead and he was too much or a pu$$y to tell her the truth. He had to chose nice innocent boys as his victims because there's no way in hell he'd try that sh*t with a grown man. Instead of hanging this prick they should have tied him down and axed him apart. I hope he's burning in hell.

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