Most Tuesdays I tend to do a blog posts focused on all things creepy, it is also a opportunity for those in the Paranormal Hauntings Community to Share their true Creepy Tales, so please if you have a spooky Tale please give it a share with us.
I am kick starting today off with one tale some may not or may have heard before.
The Film The Hills have Eyes was based on a True Story?
The Hills have eyes is a classic horror film which tells of a family trapped in the Nevada desert and terrorized by a family of inbred mutants living in mountains.
Wes Craven based the film on the legendary story of Alexander “Sawney” Bean.
The story of the legend goes that Sawney, the son of a landscaper didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps so he decided to take himself and his wife and head for a cave close to the shore in Bennane Head, Scotland. There he would live and raise his family of eight sons, six daughters, eighteen grandsons, and fourteen granddaughters, most of which were the product of incest.
The Bean clan would spend most their days away in their cave sleeping and would come out at night to apply their trade. Under the cover of darkness, the Bean’s would ambush travellers robbing and then murdering them. The bodies were then taken back to the cave where they were butchered and prepared for dinner.
It is said that for twenty-five years the family operated in secret. Nearby villagers were aware of the disappearances and had came across the occasional body-parts which washed up on their shores but they was unaware of who was responsible for the crimes.
The Beans were eventually caught when they attempted to ambush a young man who was stronger and was much better with a sword then they may have thought. The young man managed to hold his attackers at bay until help arrived. Feeling threatened the Beans headed for the safety of their cave but now aware of their presence, the people of Bennane Head sent word to King James VI of Scotland, who dispatched his soldiers to track down the clan.
The soldiers were lead by bloodhounds to a cave along the shore. Not only did they find the entire Bean clan, but they also found the scattered remains of their half eaten victims. The Beans were taken to Edinburgh where they were immediately condemned to death, without trial. The men were castrated before having their hands and feet severed; they eventually died slowly of blood loss. After being forced to watch the men of the family die, the women and children were then burned alive. Their twenty-five years of terror was now over. In the end, it is believed the Sawney Bean family claimed over a thousand lives.
Over the years many historians have disputed Sawney Bean’s existence and those who do believe the legend say it has been extremely exaggerated over the years and the first printed version of the tale didn’t actually come until the 18th century.
Historians who looked into the history found no evidence of the thousand people going missing in the Bennane Head region during the 15th century and also found no evidence of such a execution to have taken place but there was several reports that did document periods of famine, forcing some to resort to cannibalism.
Some believe that the Sawney Bean family could have existed but it would have been centuries earlier possibly during Scotland’s dark age and that their antics was passed on by word of mouth rather then being written until it was eventually recorded in the 18th century and with any Chinese whisper the true century which we now hear to be the 15th century could have well been much earlier it was just passed on incorrectly over the years!
People who visit the alleged Sawney Cave today report that the clans victims haunt it and the surrounding area.