Serial Killers Who Inspired Haunting Hollywood Portrayals

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joseph_D._Ball.jpgJoseph D. BallCredit: Wikimedia Commons
EATEN ALIVE, Neville Brand, 1977
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In the 1930s, several women linked to saloon owner Joe Ball vanished from South Texas. That led investigators to his business, where, before they could question him, Ball pulled a gun and killed himself with a bullet through his heart.

Though many of the details remain unclear, It is believed Ball killed as many as 20 women — some of whom he fed to alligators he kept in a manmade pond.

He loosely inspired the 1977 film Eaten Alive, which starred late actor Neville Brand, who also played Al Capone in the TV series The Untouchables.

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