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From Texas to Lincolnshire
Monday, 17 December, 2001, 03:51 GMT
He was known to many simply as "Odd Bob".
His behaviour raised concerns at one of the gun clubs he had joined,3604,681607,00.html
American living in UK accused of Texas band saw massacre
Vikram Dodd
Wednesday April 10, 2002

The Guardian
Double murder suspect dies in hospital
Extradition Fight Man Feared Being Killed in Jail, Inquest Told
By Vik Iyer, PA News
I doubt the recent newspaper claims (April 22) that the Robert Kleasen case inspired the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre (released 1974).
In October 1974, he allegedly shot two Mormons he knew, used a taxidermist's workshop bandsaw to cut up the remains & disposed of them in an animal rendering plant.
No bodies were found; no "chainsaw murder". The news of the murders may have helped publicity, but the film was made in 1973. Taxidermy was used in Psycho (1960).
Importantly, unlike Ed Gein (Wisconsin serial killer, cross-dresser, necrophile house-decorator and cannibal caught in 1957) there were no preserved body parts, no clothing or furniture made from them & no serial victims. Kleasen's whole story, however, is an extraordinary one, & worthy of many articles.

Monster in our midst
by Giles Whittell (The Times, January 28, 2002)
EVIL AMONG US - The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders (Ken Driggs, Signature Books)
[Lots of detail of the murder case. Don't know if it deals with further life.] [An INACCURATE but useful summary.]
After 27 years on the loose, 69 year old Robert Kleasen has admitted to the chainsaw murders [NO] of Gary Daley (20) and Mark Fischer (19) in Travis County, Texas. The corpses were found [NO - NEVER FOUND] in october '74, and the case is rumoured to have inspired the movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".[DOUBTFUL]
Another inspiration for that film, ... Ed Gein, has recently had a new movie made about his life. Steve Railsback (known for playing Charles Manson in the '74 tv movie "Helter Skelter") plays Ed.
Ed Geins life story also inspired the films Psycho ('60), Deranged ('74) and The Silence of the Lambs ('91).

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