Case 2: Ed Gein
Gein grew up on a farm in Planfield, Wisconsin. His neighbors never suspected that the quiet man would one day be the mold used for such movies as “Psycho” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
Like many serial killers, Gein has a very dominating mother. She thought the world around her was full of sin and filth. She would do anything to protect her two sons from that world. Lucky for Henry Gein, he had the common sense to break away from his mother but he was found dead in 1944. He never did get through to Edward that he needed to breakaway, to basicly see the outside world.
The following year in 1945, Augusta Gein suffered a stroke. Edward did his best to take care of his mother, doing whatever she needed but it was never good enough. Even in her weakened state,she would still put her son down, calling him weak and a failure. Later on in December of the same year, Augusta died due to a second stroke. Now Edward was left alone with no idea about the outside world, or of women.
Gein would talk about head hunters, Nazis and sex change operations. He would make weird and sick jokes. Kids who had snuck onto his farm claimed to have seen shruken heads hanging on walls. When it got back to him about what the children saw, he claimed they were from a cousin who had served in the south seas. Everyone though Edward was strange, they just brushed it off. Even though he did seem odd, many in town didn’t think he could hurt a fly, let alone kill someone.
That mind frame came to a crashing end on November 16, 1957 when Bernice Worden vanished. Her disapperance was discovered by her son who had returned home from a hunting trip. Bernice owned a hardware store and when Frank stopped by and didn’t see her, he worried. Then he came across a blood trail that lead out back. Checking the sales receipts, Frank saw that Edward Gein was the last customer his mother had.
Frank took his “evidence” to the police who then went to the Gein farm to question Edward. That’s when they found Mrs. Worden. She was hanging upside down from a pulley and had been beheaded and disemboweled. The stunned and disgusted officers called for backup. They had yet to see what horror was.
They found soup bowls made from human heads, lampshades made from human skin, chairs upholstred in human flesh. On the walls mounted like trophies were the faces of nine woman, carefully dried and stuffed with paper. After searching the house more, they came across the head of Mrs. Worden. It was prepared to be hung on the wall.
There was evidence that he had murdered two women, Mrs. Worden and Mary Hogan who was a tavern keeper but Eddie insisted that the rest of the parts and peices found came from corpses. He claimed that for 12 years after his mother’s death, he would rob graves to find a companion.
He spent the remainder of his life locked away in various mental institutions and died from cancer at the age of 78.
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