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Ed Gein circa 1957
Background information
Birth name: Edward Theodore Gein
Born: August 27, 1906(1906-08-27)
La Crosse County, Wisconsin
Died: July 26, 1984 (aged 77)
Cause of death: Respiratory and heart failure
Conviction: Guilty but insane
Killings
Number of victims: two known
Country: United States
State(s): Wisconsin
Date apprehended: November 16, 1957
.Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein (pronounced /ˈɡin/; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984) was an American murderer and grave robber.^ Gein died of cancer on 26 July 1984, at the age of 78.
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^ He died of cancer on July 26, 1984 .

^ DOB/DOD - 1906 - 26 July 1984.
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.His crimes, which he committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, garnered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin.^ Ten other corpses were discovered which Gein admitted he had dug out of the local graveyard.

^ It is clear that Gein felt alienated in his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin.
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^ Some of the macabre elements of Leatherface show up in the Ed Gein story - skin masks, bone furniture, the possibility of cannibals.
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.After police found body parts in his house in 1957, Gein confessed to killing two women: tavern owner Mary Hogan in 1954, and a Plainfield hardware store owner, Bernice Worden, in 1957. Initially found unfit to stand trial, following confinement in a mental health facility, he was tried in 1968 for the murder of Worden and sentenced to life imprisonment, which he spent in a mental hospital.^ During the many hours of confession that followed, Gein admitted to the murders of two women, Bernice Worden and the tavern owner, Mary Hogan (although his confession to the Hogan murder would not come until later).
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^ Gein attracted the attention of the police in 1957, when he was implicated in the murders of two women.
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^ Bernice Worden found her disfigured body at his home in the Waushara County town of Plainfield .
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.The body of Bernice Worden was found in Gein's shed; her head and the head of Mary Hogan were found inside his house.^ In November of 1957, police found Bernice Worden hanging from the rafters in a shed behind Gein's house.
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^ They found her body in his shed.
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^ Bernice Wordens Body (graphic) .
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Robert H. Gollmar, the judge in the Gein case, wrote: "Due to prohibitive costs, Gein was tried for only one murder--that of Mrs. Worden."[1]
.Because Gein was only found guilty of murdering Worden, he did not meet the technical definition of a serial killer.^ Ed Gein was not a serial killer.
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^ Ed spent ten years in an institute for the criminally insane before being tried and found guilty on two counts of first degree murder .

^ Gein was ultimately found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, and he was confined in various psychiatric institutions until his death.
  • Ed Gein (American serial killer) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

[2] Regardless, his real-life case influenced the creation of several fictional serial killers, including Norman Bates from Psycho, Jame Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs, and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Contents

Childhood

.Gein was born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.^ Ed Gein was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on August 21, 1906 (Woods 8).
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^ Ed Gein was born to Augusta Lehrke 1878–1945 and George P. Gein 1873–1940 on August 27, 1906, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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^ Edward Theodore Gein was born on August 27, 1906 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to a pious, Evangelical, extremist, domineering mother, Augusta, and George, his hen pecked, violent, but introverted alcoholic father, who could not keep a job.

[3] .His parents, George and Augusta Gein (née Lehrke),[citation needed] both natives of Wisconsin, had two sons: Henry George Gein, and his younger brother, Edward Theodore Gein.^ Gein had an older brother named Henry.

^ His parents, both were natives of Wisconsin, and had married on July 7, 1900, Their marriage produced Edward and his older brother, Henry G. Gein 1901 – 1944.
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^ Ed Gein was born to Augusta Lehrke 1878–1945 and George P. Gein 1873–1940 on August 27, 1906, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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.George Gein was a frequently unemployed alcoholic who physically abused his sons.^ George Gein was a violent alcoholic who was frequently unemployed.
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^ On August 27, 1906 Gein was born in the city of La Crosse , Wisconsin as the son of George and Augusta Gein, who owned a small grocery store in the city.

^ George Gein, un homme faible et alcoolique, n’avait pas son mot à dire dans l’éducation de ses garçons.

.Despite Augusta's deep contempt for her husband, the marriage persisted because of the family's religious belief about divorce.^ Divorce was not an option due to the family's religious beliefs.
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^ Despite her deep contempt for her husband, the atrophic marriage persisted.
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^ There are also beliefs that he did what he did because he was actually scared of his family.

.Augusta Gein operated a small grocery store and eventually purchased a farm on the outskirts of the small town of Plainfield, Wisconsin, which then became the Gein family's permanent home.^ Augusta operated the small family grocery store and eventually purchased a farm on the outskirts of another small town, Plainfield, which became the Gein family's permanent home.
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^ Ed Gein was born to Augusta Lehrke 1878–1945 and George P. Gein 1873–1940 on August 27, 1906, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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^ Gein was also known for murdering little children around the town to make a collection of “shrunken heads” for his home.
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[4]
.Augusta Gein moved to this location to prevent outsiders from influencing her sons.^ Augusta moved to this desolate location to prevent outsiders from influencing her sons.
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^ On August 27, 1906 Gein was born in the city of La Crosse , Wisconsin as the son of George and Augusta Gein, who owned a small grocery store in the city.

^ Il était le second fils d’Augusta et de George Gein ; le premier, Henry, étant son aîné de 7 ans.

[4] .Edward Gein left the premises only to go to school.^ Gein only left the premises to go to school and Augusta blocked any attempt he made to pursue friendships.

^ Gein only left the premises to go to school and Augusta blocked any attempt he made to make friends.
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^ I say ALMOST, because, well, it IS a movie about Ed Gein , and you can only go "so" wrong with that.
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.Besides school, he spent most of his time doing chores on the farm.^ Besides school, he spent most of his time doing chores on the farm.
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^ Most of his time was spent doing chores.

.Augusta Gein, a fervent Lutheran, drummed into her boys the innate immorality of the world, the evil of drinking, and the belief that all women (herself excluded) were prostitutes, and instruments of the devil.^ Augusta, who was a fanatical Lutheran, drummed into her boys the innate immorality of the world, the evil of drink and the belief that all women (herself excluded) were prostitutes and whores.
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^ Carrie Snodgress brilliantly played Augusta W. Gein, who’s incessantly rocking in her chair, reading scary Bible stories to young Ed, scolding him whenever he tries to make friends at school, and teaching him that all women are prostitutes and instruments of the devil … except her.
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^ A controlling, religious fanatic, she taught her son that all women — besides herself — were instruments of the devil.
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.She reserved time every afternoon to read to them from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses from the Old Testament dealing with death, murder, and divine retribution.^ She reserved time every afternoon to read to them from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses from the Old Testament dealing with death, murder and divine retribution.
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^ She read to her family from the Bible daily with an emphasis on Old Testament verses dealing with retribution.

^ His mother, a staunch Lutheran, talked to her boys about the evils of women, who were all whores, and would read them graphic versus about death from the bible.
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[citation needed]
.With a slight growth over one eye and an effeminate demeanor, the younger Gein became a target for bullies.^ With a slight growth over one eye and an effeminate demeanor, the young Ed Gein became a target for bullies.
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.Classmates and teachers recalled off-putting mannerisms, such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal jokes.^ Classmates and teachers recall other off-putting mannerisms such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal joke.
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.To make matters worse, his mother scolded him whenever he tried to make friends.^ It's a twisted love story where Downey Jr. Benning and tries to make her love him.
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^ His semi-retarded friend Gus helped him dig up the graves, including, reportedly, the body of Ed's own mother.
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^ Movies On Demand When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.
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.Despite his poor social development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading.^ Despite his poor social development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading and the study of world economics.Teachers would later recall that he was a rather strange little fellow and that he was known to take animails from the road that had been run over and take them home with him.
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^ Gein did well academically, particularly in reading and was captivated by the anatomical drawings in the family medical guide.

[citation needed]
.Gein tried to make his mother happy, but she was rarely pleased with her boys.^ A BOY’S BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER I began my descent into Ed Gein’s mind with PSYCHO, the first movie made that was “based” on his crimes.

^ I had this picture—you know, I was always really—I probably still am—trying to please my mother.
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^ If you want to find a such girl, please don't hesitate and make me wait any longer to become happy and to make you happy, answer to me at-------T a l l l o v i n g .
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.She often abused them, believing that they were destined to become failures like their father.^ If you didn´t know anything about who they really are, who would be the most likely to have become a real good friend or a boyfriend to you?
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^ If a crappy remake like The Ring is the standard bearer, america has become so stupid they might find old A-Team reruns to be too plot-heavy to follow.
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^ They are both like spiders, except someone like the mother or father or the judge are weaving their own stories that interfere and trod on others...without communion.
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.During their teens and throughout their early adulthood, the boys remained detached from people outside of their farmstead, and so had only each other for company.^ During a trip to Mexico, Sullivan pushed Toby off of a cliff, making him the only victim in the series to be killed outside of the United States.
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^ He was only ever substantially linked to two murders, however 6 people dissapeared from the area during this time.
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^ In other words, it seems like the CD pressing company just made an error during the initial pressings, and noone bothered to correct it later.
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[4]

Deaths of family members

.After George Gein died of a heart attack in 1940, the Gein brothers began working at odd jobs to help with expenses.^ George died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 67.

^ In 1940, George Gein dropped dead from a heart attack.
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^ Gein’s father, George, died of a heart attack in 1940, but Augusta remained on the farm with her, by now, grown up sons, who worked as local handymen.
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Both brothers were considered reliable and honest by residents of the community. .While both worked as handymen, Ed Gein also frequently babysat for neighbors.^ Gein was a neighbor and frequently in her home.
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^ His parents, both natives of Wisconsin, had married on July 7, 1900, and their marriage produced Ed and his older brother, Henry G. Gein (19011944).

^ I shouldn't have to go into detail; if you know something about Ed Gein then you know that this piece of work is a piece of shit.
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.He enjoyed babysitting, seeming to relate more easily to children than adults.^ Gein, who related to children more readily than adults, used to take Hill's 16-year-old son to the movies or drive him to school events.
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^ These items seem to me, to indicate that there were more than just 4 murders involved here.
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.Henry Gein began to reject his mother's view of the world and worried about his brother Ed's attachment to her.^ Reader comments about Ed Gein .
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^ There is also the mystery of Ed’s brother, Henry.
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^ Ed Gein's Gravesite Mystery There is also the mystery of Eds brother, Henry.
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He spoke ill of her around his brother.[5][6]
.On May 16, 1944, a brush fire burned close to the farm, and the Gein brothers went out to extinguish it.^ In March 1944, the brothers found themselves in the middle of a brush fire on the farm.

^ His brother abruptly followed suit in 1944, aged 43 (he died in a mysterious and suspicious brush fire).
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^ His parents, both were natives of Wisconsin, and had married on July 7, 1900, Their marriage produced Edward and his older brother, Henry G. Gein 1901 – 1944.
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.Reportedly, the brothers were separated, and as night fell, Ed Gein lost sight of his brother.^ May 7, 1997 Added info about Tom's strings (section 1.2 ) and a separate page with info about Ed Gein .
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^ It is still unknown if Ed Gein did kill his brother and it quite possible he did; Ed was definitely a twisted character.
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^ Ed Gein and his brother Henry were raised by a domineering mother on their 160-acre farm seven miles outside Plainfield, Wisconsin.
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.When the fire was extinguished, he reported to the police that his brother was missing.^ Ed reported Henry as missing but when the fire department arrived, he led them to his body, which revealed evidence of a blunt trauma to the head.

.When a search party was organized, Gein led them directly to his missing brother, who lay dead on the ground.^ A receipt on the shop floor and a missing cash register led Captain Lloyd Schoephoester and Sheriff Arthur "Art" Schley to Gein's farmhouse the following evening with a search warrant.

^ Inside Gein's woodshed, hanging from the crossbeam, was found the naked corpse of a woman who had been gutted like a fish; her head was missing.

^ (COG 39) Also in tune with the disappearance theme, two young girls who went missing in Wisconsin in the 1950s were believed to have been killed by Gein.
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.The police had concerns about the circumstances under which the body was discovered.^ Henry was the more rebellious of the two, but his attempts to break free of his mother’s influence ended suddenly when, following a brushfire near the farm, his body was discovered by police.
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[5][7] .The ground on which Henry Gein lay was untouched by fire, and he had bruises on his head.^ On the night of March 20, 1958, Gein's home was mysteriously set on fire and it burned to the ground.
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^ It was reported that he had suffered a heart attack while trying to put out a brush fire, though this did not explain the bruises discovered on the back of his head.
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[5][7] .Despite this, the police dismissed the possibility of foul play and the county coroner listed asphyxiation as the cause of death.^ Le coroner du comté écrivit que la cause de la mort était "une asphyxie due aux fumées de l’incendie".

.Although some investigators suspected that Ed Gein killed his brother, no charges were filed against him.^ Ed Gein killed maybe 2.

^ The history of Ed Gein and his overbearing mother, which is believed to be one of the major factors in causing him to do what he did, was totally left out.
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^ In 1957, Ed was arrested and charged with two counts of murder; the court diagnosed him as a violent schizophrenic and he was able to avoid a trial.

[5][7]
.After his brother's death, Gein lived alone with his mother, who died on December 29, 1945, following a series of strokes, at which time Gein "lost his only friend and one true love.^ He cared for her after she had several strokes, and lived alone following her death in 1945.
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^ The only way to get through is to follow the screams of the ones who died before you.
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^ His mother died December 29, 1945, at age 67.

And he was absolutely alone in the world."[7]
.Gein remained on the farm, supporting himself with earnings from odd jobs.^ Worden thought of Ed Gein, a quiet local bachelor who earned his living doing odd jobs.
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^ Hill owned the local grocery store, and Gein, a friend of his, would help out with odd jobs.
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^ "When Gein wasn't earning his meager living doing odd jobs for neighbors, he passed his lonely hours poring over lurid magazine pieces about sex-change operations, South Sea headhunters, and Nazi atrocities...."

.He boarded up rooms used by his mother, including the upstairs, downstairs parlor, and living room, leaving them untouched.^ It was then that he sealed off the upstairs, the parlor, and his mothers bedroom by boarding it off and set up his own quarters in the remaining bedroom, kitchen and shed of the big farmhouse.
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^ He just liked digging up bodies a lot, including his own mother.
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^ It was then that he sealed off the upstairs, the parlour, and his mother’s bedroom by boarding it off and set up his own quarters in the remaining bedroom, kitchen and shed of the big farmhouse.
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.He lived in a small room next to the kitchen.^ After his mother died, Ed sealed the upper floor as a shrine, and lived in a single room by the kitchen.
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.Gein became interested in reading death-cult magazines and adventure stories.^ Gein quickly became a cult figure and the butt of moralizing folk tales and "Geiners", macabre jokes.
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^ Read the full story on the Ed Gein page .
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[5]

Arrest

.On November 16, 1957, Plainfield hardware store owner Bernice Worden disappeared, and police had reason to suspect Gein.^ She vanished on November 16, 1957.
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^ Police suspected Gein to be involved in the disappearance of a store clerk, Bernice Worden, in Plainfield on November 16, 1957.
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^ In November of 1957, police found Bernice Worden hanging from the rafters in a shed behind Gein's house.
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.Worden's son had told investigators that Gein had been in the store the evening before the disappearance, saying he would return the following morning for a gallon of anti-freeze.^ On August 27, 1906 Gein was born in the city of La Crosse , Wisconsin as the son of George and Augusta Gein, who owned a small grocery store in the city.

^ During the many hours of confession that followed, Gein admitted to the murders of two women, Bernice Worden and the tavern owner, Mary Hogan (although his confession to the Hogan murder would not come until later).
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^ Gein told of how he thought someone had tried to frame him for Bernice Wordens death.
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.A sales slip for a gallon of anti-freeze was the last receipt written by Worden on the morning she disappeared.^ Gein was suspected in the Worden disappearance because a receipt bearing his name was found in the blood-spattered store.
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[8] .Upon searching Gein's property, investigators discovered Worden's decapitated body in a shed, hung upside down by ropes at her wrists, with a crossbar at her ankles.^ When his old farmhouse was being searched, a macabre discovery was made: the body of Gein's victim was hanging upside down, nude, beheaded and gutted like a deer.
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^ Ed Gein shot and killed Bernice Worden locked the store and took the body home in the stores truck.
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^ In November of 1957, police found Bernice Worden hanging from the rafters in a shed behind Gein's house.
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.The torso was "dressed out" like that of a deer.^ Worden's body was hung by the Achille's tendons, dressed out exactly like a deer.
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^ Inside, they found the decapitated body of Bernice Worden hanging by her heels in his "summer kitchen," dressed out like a deer, her head in a nearby pan.
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^ She had been decapitated, and was hanging upside down by the ankles and had been split open down the torso like a deer.

[9] .She had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle, and the mutilations performed after death.^ These mutilations had been performed postmortem; she had been shot at close-range with a .22-caliber rifle.
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Searching the house, authorities found a number of items:[10]
  • Four noses
  • Whole human bones and fragments[11]
  • Nine masks of human skin[12]
  • Bowls made from human skulls
  • Ten female heads with the tops sawed off
  • Human skin covering several chair seats
  • Mary Hogan's head in a paper bag[13]
  • Bernice Worden's head in a burlap sack[14]
  • Nine vulvas in a shoe box[15]
  • Skulls on his bedposts
  • Organs in the refrigerator
  • A pair of lips on a draw string for a windowshade
These artifacts were photographed at the crime lab and then were properly destroyed.[16]
.When questioned, Gein told investigators that between 1947 and 1952,[17] while he was in "daze-like" states, he made as many as 40 nocturnal visits to three local graveyards to exhume recently buried bodies.^ But Gein insisted he had made as many as 40 visits to graveyards, most of them in Plainfield.
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^ When his old farmhouse was being searched, a macabre discovery was made: the body of Gein's victim was hanging upside down, nude, beheaded and gutted like a deer.
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^ He writes, 'Driven by his desperate loneliness - and burgeoning psychosis, Gein started making nocturnal raids on local graveyards, digging up the bodies of middle-aged women and bringing them back to his remote farmhouse.'
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.On about 30 of those visits, he said he had come out of the daze while in the cemetery, left the grave in good order, and returned home empty handed.^ But, fortunately, Calvin had a pretty good sense of humor about those things."
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^ As noted earlier, it is believed that he robbed nine or ten graves, and some of those bodies were returned completely intact .
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^ AM DaneRocks you left out the most fucked up part about that psycho--he dug up his mothers corpse and fucked her.
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[18] .On the other occasions, he dug up the graves of recently buried middle-aged women he thought resembled his mother[19] and took the bodies home, where he tanned their skins to make his paraphernalia.^ Gein eventually admitted under questioning that he would dig up the graves of recently buried middle-aged women he thought resembled his mother and take the bodies home, where he tanned their skin to make his macabre possessions.
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^ He digs up the body of his dead mother and begins killing women.
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^ The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides.
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.Gein admitted robbing nine graves, leading investigators to their locations.^ When the dumpkeeper is shown "tapping his stick up and down" this might resonate with Gein using a rod to tap on caskets when he was grave robbing.
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^ Gein denied being a cannibal or necrophilia, but he did admit to grave robbing.
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^ As noted earlier, it is believed that he robbed nine or ten graves, and some of those bodies were returned completely intact .
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.Because authorities were uncertain as to whether the slight Gein was capable of single-handedly digging up a grave in a single evening, they exhumed two of the graves and found them empty, thus corroborating Gein's confession.^ When the dumpkeeper is shown "tapping his stick up and down" this might resonate with Gein using a rod to tap on caskets when he was grave robbing.
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^ They just— WH: And he was down to his last quarter to make his last call, and then two detectives actually picked him up at this phone booth.
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^ They used the chainsaw to scare people away, Edward Gein really used two guns (22.
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[20][21]
.Shortly after his mother's death, Gein had decided he wanted a sex change and began to create a "woman suit" so he could pretend to be a female.^ He didn’t want one to be a transsexual, but rather he wanted to make a “woman suit” so he could pretend to be his mother.
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^ One of the most disturbing things that Gein admitted to while he was incarcerated was the fact that he wanted a sex change.
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^ Edward Gein was raised in Plainfield, Wisconsin by a domineering mother who ranted about the sins she thought were committed by her own sex.
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[10] Gein's practice of donning the tanned skins of women was described as an "insane transvestite ritual".[22] Gein denied having sex with the bodies he exhumed, explaining, "They smelled too bad."[22] During interrogation, Gein also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, a tavern operator missing since 1954.
.A 16-year-old youth whose parents were friends of Gein, and who attended ball games and movies with Gein, reported that he was aware of the shrunken heads, which Gein had described as relics from the Philippines sent by a cousin who had served in World War II.^ Gein was also known for murdering little children around the town to make a collection of “shrunken heads” for his home.
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^ Various neighborhood children — whom Gein occasionally babysat — had seen or heard of these objects, which Gein offhandedly described as relics from the South Seas, purportedly sent by a cousin who had served in World War II. Upon investigation, these turned out to be human facial skins, carefully peeled from cadavers and used by Gein as masks.
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^ Movies On Demand A financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.
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[23] .Upon investigation by the police, these were determined to be human facial skins, carefully peeled from cadavers and used as masks by Gein.^ Various neighborhood children — whom Gein occasionally babysat — had seen or heard of these objects, which Gein offhandedly described as relics from the South Seas, purportedly sent by a cousin who had served in World War II. Upon investigation, these turned out to be human facial skins, carefully peeled from cadavers and used by Gein as masks.
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^ Gein was arrested on murder charges and the following were found in his home: human skulls mountain on his bed, human skin made into lampshades, skullcaps used as bowls, window blinds with human lips, belt made from human nipples and socks made from human flash.
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^ He used human skin to fashion lampshades and other items.
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.Waushara County sheriff Art Schley allegedly physically assaulted Gein during questioning, by banging Gein's head and face into a brick wall, causing Gein's initial confession to be ruled inadmissible.^ Waushara County Sheriff Art Schley returned with a deputy several hours later.
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^ Another resident, who was allegedly given "venison" by Gein, politely but firmly closes the door in my face.
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^ Frank Worden served as deputy sheriff in the area and immediately alerted the sheriff, Art Schley, and reported the circumstances.
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[7] .Schley died of a heart attack in December 1968, at age 43, only a month after testifying at Gein's trial.^ By coincidence, Arndt later performed a competency evaluation on Gein for his 1968 trial, at which he was deemed not guilty by reason of mental defect.
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^ Redacted: Zodiac Killer Index "The Zodiac Killer officially began his killing spree on December 20, 1968 when he attacked and killed two teenagers in Vallejo, California.

.Many who knew him said he was traumatized by the horror of Gein's crime and that this, along with the fear of having to testify (especially about assaulting Gein), led to his early death.^ Gein told of how he thought someone had tried to frame him for Bernice Wordens death.
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^ Edward Gein was raised in Plainfield, Wisconsin by a domineering mother who ranted about the sins she thought were committed by her own sex.
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^ Many years later, Tobe would co-write a story called "Leatherface," about "a family of Ed Geins."

.One of his friends said "He was a victim of Ed Gein as surely as if he had butchered him."^ Ed Gein was one sick SICK bastard.
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^ I saw that film, the Ed Gein one...
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^ The history of Ed Gein and his overbearing mother, which is believed to be one of the major factors in causing him to do what he did, was totally left out.
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[7]

Trial

.On November 21, 1957, Gein was arraigned on one count of first degree murder in Waushara County Court, where he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.^ One killed in Waushara County crash .
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^ Found not guilty by reason of insanity, Eddie was sent to the Mendota Mental Health Institution in Madison, where there are no bars on the windows.

^ In 1957, Ed was arrested and charged with two counts of murder; the court diagnosed him as a violent schizophrenic and he was able to avoid a trial.

[24] .Found mentally incompetent and thus unfit to stand trial, Gein was sent to the Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane (now the Dodge Correctional Institution), a maximum-security facility in Waupun, Wisconsin and later transferred to Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.^ But he was found unable to stand trial because of mental illness, and was sent to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Waupun.
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^ The End Gein was in a series of examinations at the Central State Hospital for the Criminally insane.
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^ Gollmar found Gein guilty of murder, but insane, and sent him back to the mental institution.
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.In 1968, Gein's doctors determined he was sane enough to stand trial.^ By coincidence, Arndt later performed a competency evaluation on Gein for his 1968 trial, at which he was deemed not guilty by reason of mental defect.
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^ It said, "...see News Sentinel, Nov 15 68 GEIN." An article on Gein and his trial did in fact appear in the Knoxville News-Sentinel on November 15, 1968.
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^ From court testimony with Gein on the stand at his murder trial: Q: You remember eating supper that evening?
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.The trial began on November 14, 1968, lasting one week.^ It said, "...see News Sentinel, Nov 15 68 GEIN." An article on Gein and his trial did in fact appear in the Knoxville News-Sentinel on November 15, 1968.
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.He was found guilty of first-degree murder by Judge Robert H. Gollmar, but because he was found to be legally insane, he spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital.^ He was put into a mental institution where he spent the rest of his life.

^ He was found guilty but insane and was sent to an institution for life.
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^ Gein spent the rest of his life in custody.
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[25][26]

Aftermath

.On March 20, 1958, while Gein was in detention, his house burned to the ground.^ But, on March 27, the house and all its contents burned to the ground in a mysterious fire which has never been officially solved.
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^ They have tried time & time again to clear the house of demons, to destroy the house by burning it, even bulldozing it to the ground...
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^ Farm Auction/House Fire "The auction was scheduled for March 30, Palm Sunday, 1958.
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Arson was suspected. .When Gein learned of the incident, he shrugged and said "Just as well."^ Milwaukee Journal reporter Robert Wells said Gein's oddball behavior had previously been deemed harmless or even amusing.
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^ StoneGold 01-07-2006, 05:06 PM They might as well just make a movie about Ed Gein himself..

^ They might as well just make a movie about Ed Gein himself..

[27]
.In 1958, Gein's car, which he had used to haul the bodies of his victims, was sold at a public auction for $760 ($5,718 in today's money) to carnival sideshow operator Bunny Gibbons.^ When his old farmhouse was being searched, a macabre discovery was made: the body of Gein's victim was hanging upside down, nude, beheaded and gutted like a deer.
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^ It delivers on the gore, and uses some of the actual footage of Geins victims.
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^ Did the real Ed Gein use a chainsaw to kill his victims?
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[28] Gibbons later charged carnival goers 25¢ admission to see it.[29]

Death

Ed Gein's gravemarker as it appeared in 1999
.On July 26, 1984, Gein died of respiratory and heart failure due to cancer in Goodland Hall at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.^ Gein died of cancer on 26 July 1984, at the age of 78.
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^ He died in 1984, in the geriatric ward at Mendota Mental Health Institute.
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^ Gein died July 26, 1984, in the Mendotta Mental Health Institute in Madison.
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[7] .His gravesite in the Plainfield cemetery was frequently vandalized over the years; souvenir seekers chipped off pieces of his gravestone before the bulk of it was stolen in 2000. The gravestone was recovered in June 2001 near Seattle and is now in a museum in Waushara County, Wisconsin.^ More time must pass before this is only a piece of history, and no longer personal in Plainfield.
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[30]

Impact on popular culture

.The story of Ed Gein has had a lasting impact on popular culture as evidenced by its many appearances in movies, music and literature.^ PHOTOS, STORY: Ed Gein the musical .
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^ Gein's story was adapted into its own movie called In the Light of the Moon, later to be retitled Ed Gein for the US market.
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^ Well since the story's been done from so many angles in so many different fictional ways, at least by using the name "Ed Gein" instead of making up a new fake one they're hanging a lampshade on the tired old story.
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.Gein's story was adapted into a number of movies including In the Light of the Moon (later retitled Ed Gein for the U.S. market),[31] Deranged, and Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield.[32] Gein influenced the nature of book and film characters, such as fictional serial killers Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs).^ The Texas chainsaw massacre, part 2 [film].
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^ Years later, Eddie provided inspiration for the character of another serial killer, Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.

^ He was also inspiration for Buffalo Bill's character in "Silence of the Lambs."
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[27] .The book American Psycho contains several references to Ed Gein, as does the film based on that book.^ The films Maniac and American Psycho also referenced Gein's crimes.
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^ He was only based on Ed Gein.
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^ PSYCHO was the first movie based on Ed Gein 2).
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.A biographical musical titled "Ed Gein: the Musical" premiered on January 2, 2010 in Menasha.^ And, what does the creatively titled ED GEIN have to say?

^ "Ed Gein: The Musical" is both an appalling idea and a great example of how free speech and free expression are supposed to work.
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^ It wasn't the type of source material Rodgers and Hammerstein would have ever touched, but that didn't stop "Ed Gein: The Musical" from making its big-screen debut Saturday.
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[33][34][35]
Gein's influence is seen in musical groups drawing inspiration from his crimes. .A number of band names have been derived from Gein, including one named Ed Gein.^ Though, he wasn't named Ed Gein in that one.
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^ I saw that film, the Ed Gein one...
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^ The history of Ed Gein and his overbearing mother, which is believed to be one of the major factors in causing him to do what he did, was totally left out.
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.Gidget Gein, a former bassist for the band Marilyn Manson, derived his stage name from Ed Gein (and Franzie "Gidget" Hofer).^ RIP GIDGET GEIN- Local artist & former Marilyn Manson bassist found dead .
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^ PM manson says: Gidget Gein, .
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^ AM manson says: Gidget Gein, .
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References

  1. ^ Robert H. Gollmar, Edward Gein, Pinnacle Books, 1981, page 81.
  2. ^ Reavill, Gil (2007). Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home. Gotham. p. 228. ISBN 9781592402960. "With only two confirmed kills, Ed did not technically qualify as a serial killer (the traditional minimum requirement was three)" 
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  21. ^ "DA Convinced Gein Actually Raided Graves". Stevens Point Daily Journal. November 26, 1957. p. 1, col. 3. 
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  24. ^ "Gein Pleads Innocent By Reason of Insanity". Stevens Point Daily Journal. November 21, 1957. p. 1, cols. 7–8. 
  25. ^ "Ed Gein Found Guilty of 1957 Murder in Plainfield". Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin. November 14, 1958. "Ed Gein, the handyman whose home became known as a "house of horrors" 11 years ago, was found guilty today of first degree murder." 
  26. ^ "Wisconsin Killer Gein Ruled Guilty, Insane". Chicago Tribune. November 15, 1968. "Ed Gein, 62, the recluse who horrified the nation in 1957 when the remains of 11 bodies were found on his farm, was ruled today to have been insane when he killed a Plainfield, Wis., woman." 
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  31. ^ In the Light of the Moon at the Internet Movie Database
  32. ^ The Butcher of Plainfield at the Internet Movie Database
  33. ^ http://www.edgeinthemusical.com/ "Ed Gein: The Musical" Offical web site
  34. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/movies/80482317.html "Ed Gein: The Musical" premieres Saturday in Menasha
  35. ^ http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20091227/GPG0704/912270605/Warren-Gerds-column--%5C-Ed-Gein--The-Musical%5C--includes-local-actors Warren Gerds column: 'Ed Gein, The Musical' includes local actors

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.Edward Theodore Gein (1906-08-271984-07-26) was an American killer and graverobber.^ Edward Theodore Gein was born in Plainsfeild, Wisconsin in 1906.

^ Edward Theodore Gein was born on August 27, 1906 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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^ American serial killer (1907-1984).

.He was one of the most infamous killers in modern history.^ The Events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history.
  • Ed Gein - Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The True Story 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC www.movie-o.com [Source type: General]

^ Born in the slums of New York City and drawn to the dark side of the West, Billy the Kid became one of the West's most notorious killers.

^ Edward Theodore Gein - America's Most Infamous Murderer - Edward Theodore Gein - America's Most Infamous Murderer Although tallying just two deaths, Ed Gein is one of America’s most infamous murderers.
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  • I like this place, everybody treats me nice. Some of them are a little crazy, though. .
    • Speaking about the mental institution he was in.
  • Not too long, I had other things to do.^ Then we'd hear about all the other great things that she did, and what an artist she was in the old country."
    • THE ASTOUNDING B MONSTER | HORROR 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC www.bmonster.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I havent been a member myself for very long but I like reading what other people think about certain serial killers/crimes, how they reason.
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    • When asked if he wore skin face masks, taken from his victims, over a prolonged period of time.
  • I had a compulsion to do it.

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  • When I see a pretty girl walking down the street I think two things.^ Patrick Bateman: "When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things.
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    ^ When asked by a reporter what he thought when he saw a pretty girl walking down the street, Kemper replied: "One side of me says, 'I'd like to talk to her, date her.'
    • Edmund Kemper@Everything2.com 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I was thinking...if we took McCarthy's books and kind of looked at the forces maybe we might be able to see...well two forces.
    • http://www.jadaproductions.com/cormacmccarthy/getthread.asp?mydate=All&recordnumber=46696&threadnumber=9852&threadname=McCarthy%27s+Southern+Works&threadtopic=Lester+Ballard%2FEdward+Gein&UserName=&UserPassword= 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC www.jadaproductions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .One part of me wants to take her out and talk to her and be real nice and sweet and treat her right, while the other wonders what her head would look like on a stick.^ Patrick Bateman: "What her head would look like on a stick...
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    ^ He really seemed like he wanted to get out and do stuff.
    • THE ASTOUNDING B MONSTER | HORROR 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC www.bmonster.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The other side of me says, 'I wonder what her head would look like on a stick.'"
    • Edmund Kemper@Everything2.com 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]

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    • In Bret Easton Ellis' book American Psycho, the title character Patrick Bateman (himself a serial killer) uses this quote when asked about women and attributes it to Ed Gein.^ PM Theburn77 Does anybody remember the quote from "American Psycho" about Ed Gein?
      • 5 Badass Movie Characters You Didn't Know Were Real People | Cracked.com 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Patrick Bateman: Do you know what Ed Gein said about women?
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      ^ Quote: Serial killers fascinate me, I have this huge book about it.
      • psychopath movies | The Cult 19 January 2010 18:23 UTC chuckpalahniuk.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      This statement was actually said by Ed Kemper.

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Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein (1906 - July 26, 1984) was an American serial killer. While Gein was found guilty of only two murders, the actual number is not known. Gein is considered by many to be even more well known because of several movies that were based in part on him. He was also known as The Butcher of Plainfield, The Plainfield Butcher, The Mad Butcher and The Plainfield Ghoul.

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Early years

Ed Gein and his brother Henry were raised by their mother on their 160-acre farm near Plainfield, Wisconsin. She was a very religious woman and was very protective about her boys. She kept them away from women and busy with farm work.

His alcoholic father died in 1940. A few years later his brother Henry died in 1944, officially while fighting a grass fire (though there was evidence he was murdered by Ed). Soon after that, his mother had her first stroke. In 1945 she had her second stroke and died. Ed was left alone.

Gein then closed off the upstairs and the parlour of the house as well as his mother’s bedroom. He lived in the one other bedroom, kitchen and shed of the large house. He stopped working the farm because a government program paid him a subsidy. He also made money by doing small jobs for people in the area.

The Graveyard

Ed read books on human anatomy and Nazi concentration camp experiments. He was very interested in it all, especially the female anatomy. He thought about sex often. One day he saw a newspaper article of a woman who had been buried that day.

He asked an old friend named Gus to help him. Gus was a very strange too. Gus agreed to help Gein open a grave to get a corpse. Gein told him it was for ‘medical experiments’. The first corpse came from a grave very near the grave of Gein’s mother.

Gein continued to do this for the next ten years. He would check the newspaper often for fresh bodies. He always went to the graveyard at the time of a full moon. Gein would take the whole female corpse or just the parts he wanted, put the dirt back in the grave and take home what he took from the grave.

Gein did many strange things with the dead bodies. He would build objects from the bones and skin. The organs would be put into the refrigerator to eat later. It was claimed that he also had sex with the bodies (necrophilia), a charge he denied because they "smelled too bad". He even dug up his own mothers corpse.

Gein did not tell Gus that he wanted to become a woman himself. This was the reason he had studied anatomy. He thought about the possibilities of an operation which would change his sex. He wanted to study a female corpse and learn more about its anatomy. The closest he would get to changing his sex was dressing up in his full woman bodysuit. This bodysuit was made entirely of human skin. It completely covered his body and included a mask and breasts.

Later, Gus was taken away to an asylum, and Gein was all alone again. Gein thought that fresher bodies would be better for his collection, and turned to murder.

The Murders

Ed Gein’s first victim was Mary Hogan, a 51-year-old divorcee and the owner of a local tavern in Pine Grove, six miles from his home. On the afternoon of December 8, 1954, he shot her in the head with his 32-caliber revolver. He put her body in his pickup truck and took her back to his shed.

A customer who dropped into the tavern found the place deserted, and a large bloodstain on the floor. A spent .32 cartridge lay near it. Bloodstains ran out the back door and into the parking lot, where they halted beside tire tracks that looked like those of a pickup truck. It looked as if Mary Hogan had been shot and taken away.

Police were not able to learn anything about what happened to her. A few weeks later, a sawmill owner named Elmo Ueeck talked to Gein about it. Gein replied, "She isn’t missing, she’s at the farm right now." Ueeck did not ask him what he meant by that.

There may have been other victims in the years that followed. Nothing is known for certain about Gein until November 16, 1957 when he shot & killed Bernice Worden in her store in Plainfield. He used a .22 rifle from a rack in the store and his own bullet which he carried with him. He then locked the store and took the body home in the store’s truck. Gein also took the cash register. He later explained that he did not take it to commit robbery. He wanted to see how it worked and planned to return it later.

Bernice Worden’s son, Frank, often worked with her in the store. That morning he had gone deer hunting. When he got back, he saw that the store was closed with the lights still on and his mother was missing. He also saw that the cash register was gone and there was blood on the floor.

Frank Worden talked to the sheriff, Art Schley and told him what he has seen. He checked the record of sales made that morning. One of them was for half a gallon of antifreeze. Worden remembered that Ed Gein had stopped by the night before at closing time. He had said that he would be back the next morning for antifreeze. Ed had also asked Worden if he was going hunting the next day.

With the cash register missing, he thought that Gein had planned a robbery once he learned Frank would not be there. Worden told this to the sheriff. The sheriff and captain Lloyd Schoephoester went to the farm, seven miles outside Plainfield.

Gein’s home

The house was dark and Ed Gein was not there when the police arrived. They drove to a store where Gein usually bought groceries where they found Gein, who was just about to leave in his truck.

The sheriff stopped him and asked him to get into the police car for questioning. Sheriff Schley had not said anything about Bernice Worden’s death before Gein said that he thought someone had tried to frame him for the death, at which point Schley arrested Gein.

Sheriff Schley & Captain Schoephoester went back to Gein's house with other officers. The doors to the house were locked, but the door to the shed behind the house was not. Inside they found a naked corpse of a woman hanging upside down from a crossbeam. The legs were spread wide apart and there was a long cut from the genitals almost to the throat. The throat and head were missing. The genitals and the anus were also missing. Bernice Worden had been cut open & dressed out like a deer.

There was no electricity in the dark house. They had to search it with oil lamps, lanterns, and flashlights. The place looked like it had not been clean in years. The few rooms that were not nailed shut were full of books, old papers, magazines, utensils, tin cans, cartons and other junk.

In the house they found

  • two shin bones
  • four human noses
  • a can that was made into a drum by skin stretched over both top and bottom
  • a bowl made from the top half of a human skull
  • nine ‘death masks’ made from the skin from the faces of women
  • ten female heads with the tops cut off above the eyebrows
  • a purse made with a handle of human skin
  • four chairs with the seats being replaced by strips of human skin
  • a shoe box containing nine salted vulvas. This included his mothers which was painted silver
  • a hanging human head
  • a lampshade covered with human skin
  • a shirt made of human skin
  • several shrunken heads. Gein always joked that he had a collection of shrunken heads.
  • two skulls for Gein’s bedposts
  • a pair of human lips hanging from string
  • Ed’s full woman body suit built with human skin and complete with mask and breasts
  • Bernice Worden’s heart in a pan on the stove
  • the refrigerator was full with human organs.

The bodies of 15 different women had been used to create Gein’s trophies. It is also said that sometimes Gein brought gifts of fresh venison to his neighbours but Gein said he had never shot a deer in his life.

Gein was sent to the Central State Hospital for the Criminally insane. He was proven insane. The doctors thought that he loved his mother but he hated her, so that is why he killed older women. It is said that Mary Hogan looked similar to his mother.

Gein said he was not a cannibal or necrophiliac. He did admit to grave robbing.

Many people became interested because of the true nature of the crime. Thousands of people drove to Plainfield to look at the 'murder farm'. Eventually the place was burned down by the Plainfield citizens as they felt it as a place of evil.

At Christmas, 1957, Gein was judged insane. He was committed to Waupan State Hospital for the rest of his life. Gein died of cancer on July 26, 1984, at the age of 78. He was buried in Plainfield next to the graves of his family.

The movies

Because of the true nature of Gein's crimes, Hollywood had a lot of ideas to work on.

The movie Psycho was based on the Robert Bloch book and made into a Hitchcock movie. Bloch got most of the ideas for Psycho from Ed Gein's life. With the overpowering mother and horror of the movie, it was one of the first of a kind.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based in some parts on Ed Gein. The story is about a group of teens who go to a horror house. The people that live in the house are a family of strange homicidal cannibals who also like grave robbing and building furniture made of bones and skulls. The lead bad guy is called ‘Leatherface’. Leatherface likes chasing teens around with his chainsaw and wearing a mask made from the faces of his victims.

The Academy Award winning movie The Silence of the Lambs also uses part of Geins life. It is about an FBI agent who is tracking down a serial killer. To find him she must get the help of an intelligent cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lector. The serial killer she is trying to catch is called ‘Buffalo Bill’. He likes to kill women and make clothes of their skin. He also wants to be a woman and made a skin costume like that of Gein.


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