North Dakota is home to some pretty creepy abandoned places and ghost stories, but do you remember when our big city of Fargo gained quite a bit of attention after the 1996 film
Fargo was released? While the overall movie was considered fictitious, throughout the years there has been confusion and strange findings concerning what the film was actually based off of.
In the opening credits of
Fargo, it states the movie is based off of true events that took place in 1987.
To be specific it reads:
" THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."
It was a movie you can easily get sucked into, and viewers all over were under the impression that the murderous events that took place in the film actually happened.
If you've never seen the movie (or recent TV series of the FX network), we'll give you the overall gist of it. A man from Minnesota finds himself desperate for money, as a quick fix solution he decides to go to Fargo, North Dakota to hire two criminals to kidnap his own wife and extort money out of her family in return for her safety. Horrible husband, huh?
After the film was released it would later be made clear by the Coen Brothers who directed the movie, that everything was fictitious and that only certain scenes and ideas were based off minor real life events.
Oddly enough, while the Coen Brothers denied knowing anything of the horrible tragedy, a murder similar to the one they depicted in the film took place not far from where they grew up in Minnesota.
In the midst of rumors and conspiracies, the Coen Brothers explained that part of the movie had been based off of a murder that took place in Connecticut. The New England murder was a situation where reportedly a husband killed his wife and disposed of her body by putting it through a wood chipper. Excuse me while I cringe,
But the murder the Coen brothers claimed to never hear of? In 1963 a woman by the name of Carol Thompson would be murdered by an intruder in her home. In a sad string of events, after being beaten and nearly drowned in her own bathtub, she managed to escape and make her way to safety at a next-door neighbors house, only to pass away hours later in the hospital.
Quickly, investigators began to feel that Carol's husband T. Eugene was a suspicious character. It would later be revealed that Carol's husband had hired a man to kill her, who then passed the job onto another man to actually complete. To this day, Carol's husband claims his innocence and maintains that he was framed for her murder, while even his own children don't quite believe his story.
The amount of similarities between the two stories led many Minnesotans to believe that the film was based off of this 1963 murder, especially considering this took place in a city just a half hour away from where the Coen brothers grew up.