This paper is based on the life of Ed Gein. He was an unusual character, born on a farm, and raised by a religious crazy, domineering mother. In the space of a few years his entire family passed away and he was left to take care of his farm all by himself. In the next few years he became a grave robber, a necrophiliac, a cannibal, and also took up arts and crafts in body parts. He is known as one of the weirdest serial killers of the twentieth century. He also inspired movies like Psycho, Silence of The Lambs, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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Name - Edward 'Ed' Gein.
AKA - The Butcher of Plainfield, The Plainfield Butcher, The Mad Butcher, The
DOB/DOD - 1906 - 26 July 1984.
Mother 'Augusta 1878-1945', Father 'George 1873-1940', Brother 'Henry 1901-44'.
Residence(at Time of Murders) - 160-Acre Farm Seven Miles Outside Plainfield,
Murder Type/Practices - Serial Killer / Graverobbery, Necrophilia, Cannibalism,
Sadism, Death Fetishism.
Method/Weapons Used - Shooting / .22, .32.
Organization - Mixed.
Mobility - Stable.
Victim Vicinity - Plainfield, Wisconsin.
Murder Time Span - 1954 - 1957.
Victim Type - Old Women.
Victims - Mary Hogan (Died 8 Dec 1954), Bernice Worden (Died 16 Nov 1957)
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Before the Events
Ed Gein and his brother Henry were raised by his religious crazed mother. She was a
very domineering woman, and discouraged her sons from women. They lived on a
160-acre farm seven miles outside of Plainfield, Wisconsin. The boys were always busy
with farm work. His alcoholic father died in 1940 and a few years later his brother Henry
died in 1944, trapped while fighting a forest fire. Shortly after his mother suffered a
stroke and in 1945 she suffered another one which she never recovered from and left Ed
It was then that he decided to close off the upstairs of his farm home, 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 house. He stopped working the farm because of a
government soil-conservation program. They offered him a subsidy, which he
augmented by his work as a handyman in the area.
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In his spare time Ed read books on human anatomy and Nazi concentration camp...
... middle of paper ...
...ection of shrunken
heads), two skulls for Gein’s bedposts, a pair of human lips hanging from string,
Ed’s full woman body suit constructed with human skin and complete with mask
and breasts, Bernice Worden’s heart in a pan on the stove, and the
refrigerator which was stacked with human organs.
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Gein was in a series of examinations at the Central State Hospital for the
Criminally insane. He was proven insane. The reasons for his actions were seen;
he loved his mother but he hated her, so that is why he killed older women. It is
said that Mary Hogan had more of a passing resemblance to his mother. At
Christmas, 1957, Gein was judged insane and he was committed to Waupan State
Hospital for a life sentence. Gein died of cancer on July 26, 1984, at the age of 78.
He was buried back in Plainfield next to the graves of his family.
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