Ed Gein has become the serial killer that the people in Hollywood love to use as a source of inspiration for their scary characters. Though his actual body count is not as high as other serial killers from that era it was his habit of grave robbing that makes him truly stand out.
Gein grew up on a farm in Wisconsin with an alcoholic father, a demanding mother and a brother. Ed father would die from a heart attack brought on from alcohol abuse.
Ed brother would be found when a fire took hold at the farm and investigators would find his body. After an autopsy was performed it was determined that the brother had died quite a time before the fire took place. Gein would later hint that he was responsible for his brothers death and some believe he did it to get all of his mother’s attention.
Ed loved his mother and when she would die just a couple of years after his brother he apparently lost it and began his habit of robbing graveyards in order to collect a series of body parts that would later be discovered in his home.
Gein would be arrested after a local hardware truck disappeared and blood stains were found inside of the store. Ed who was there the night before quickly became a suspect and when authorities searched his home they found a horrific collection of body parts. When they searched the property they found the hardware store’s mother hanging on the property where she had been decapitated and her body was mutilated.
Ed Gein would stand trial for the murder of the elderly woman however he would be found to be suffering from schizophrenia and would be sent to a mental hospital where he remained until his death. Gein who was suspected of multiple murders in the area was never charged due to his mental illness. Gein would die in 1984
While at the hospital Gein would talk to the doctors about the murder which saw him arrested and he claimed that the gun had gone off by accident. However he did admit to robbing over forty graves.
Items Found In Ed Gein’s Home
- Whole human bones and fragments
- A wastebasket made of human skin
- Human skin covering several chair seats
- Skulls on his bedposts
- Female skulls, some with the tops sawn off
- Bowls made from human skulls
- A corset made from a female torso skinned from shoulders to waist
- Leggings made from human leg skin
- Masks made from the skin of female heads
- Mary Hogan’s face mask in a paper bag
- Mary Hogan’s skull in a box
- Bernice Worden’s entire head in a burlap sack
- Bernice Worden’s heart “in a plastic bag in front of Gein’s potbellied stove”
- Nine vulvas in a shoe box
- A young girl’s dress and “the vulvas of two females judged to have been about fifteen years old”
- A belt made from female human nipples
- Four noses
- A pair of lips on a window shade drawstring
- A lampshade made from the skin of a human face
- Fingernails from female fingers
Ed Gein In Popular Culture
There has been many bad games where at least part of Ed Gein has been used including Buffalo Bill from The Silence of The Lambs, Leatherface from the Halloween series and of course Norman Bates from Psycho