Lying just beneath the surface, however, was a dark secret. Freddy, unable to stem his unquenchable bloodlust, had constructed a secret room in the family’s suburban home. Inside, he kept a series of homemade weapons, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from his off-hours hobby, which was slaughtering the children of Springwood, Ohio, as the mysterious killer known as the Springwood Slasher.
Marriage is, if nothing else, based on trust, and the Kruegers’ home life hit a speed bump when Loretta discovered Freddy’s macabre man cave. Freddy, sort of cementing himself as a one note song, killed his wife in front of their young daughter. Shortly after this, he was arrested for the murders of numerous local children, and Katherine was put into foster care under a new name.