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Ed Gein

Infamous Wisconsin serial killer cannibal Ed Gein

When the crime scene was discovered inside Ed Gein’s secluded, rundown Wisconsin farmhouse of horrors, the veil was forever lifted on the human psyche and we were forced to accept that evil lives inside us all. But who was the Mad Butcher of Plainfield, and what drove him to find comfort in the flesh of others?

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Ed GeinEdward Theodore Gein was born to Augusta Crafter and George P. Gein on August 27, 1906, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His parents, both natives of Wisconsin, had married on July 7, 1900, and their marriage produced Ed and his older brother, Henry G. Gein.

George Gein was a violent alcoholic who was frequently unemployed. Ed and his brother rejected their violent, aimless father, as did Augusta, who treated her husband like a nonentity. Despite her deep contempt for her husband, the atrophic marriage persisted. Divorce was not an option due to the family’s religious beliefs. 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.

Augusta moved to this desolate location to prevent outsiders from influencing her sons. Gein only left the premises to go to school and Augusta blocked any attempt he made to pursue friendships. Besides school, he spent most of his time doing chores on the farm. 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. According to Augusta, the only acceptable form of sex was for biological reproduction/procreation. 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.

Ed Gein's farmhouse in Plainfield, WIWith a slight growth over one eye and an effeminate demeanor, the young Gein became a target for bullies. Classmates and teachers recall other off-putting mannerisms such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal joke. Despite his poor social development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading and the study of world economics.

By the time his father George died in 1940, Henry had begun to reject Augusta’s view of the world. He had even taken to bad-mouthing her within earshot of his mortified brother. In March 1944, the brothers found themselves in the middle of a brush fire on property they owned in a neighboring county. When Ed ran to get the police, he told them he had lost sight of Henry, but then led them directly to his brother’s corpse. Although there was evidence Henry had suffered blunt trauma to his head, the local county coroner decided he died of asphyxiation while fighting the fire. Gein then lived with his mother. Less than two years later, on December 29, 1945, Augusta died from a series of strokes, leaving her grief-stricken son alone on the isolated farmstead.


The body of local hardware store owner Bernice Worden hangs in Ed Gein's housePolice suspected Gein to be involved in the disappearance of a store clerk, Bernice Worden, in Plainfield on November 16, 1957. Upon entering a shed on his property, they made their first horrific discovery of the night: Worden’s corpse. She had been decapitated, her headless body hung upside down by means of ropes at her wrists and a crossbar at her ankles. Most horribly, the body’s trunk was empty, the ribcage split and the body “dressed out” like that of a deer. These mutilations had been performed postmortem; she had been shot at close-range with a .22-caliber rifle.

Searching the house, authorities found:

  • Human skulls mounted upon the cornerposts of his bed
  • Human skin fashioned into a lampshade and used to upholster chair seats
  • Human skullcaps, apparently in use as soup bowls
  • A human heart (it is disputed where the heart was found; the deputies’ reports all claim that the heart was in a saucepan on the stove, with some crime scene photographers claiming it was in a paper bag)
  • The head of Mary Hogan, a local tavern owner, found in a paper bag
  • A ceiling light pull consisting of human lips
  • A “mammary vest” crafted from the skin of a woman’s torso
  • A belt made from several human nipples, among many other such grisly objects
  • Socks made from human flesh

Human skin mask found in Ed Gein's houseGein’s most notorious creations were an array of “shrunken heads.” 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.

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. One writer describes Gein’s practice of putting on the tanned skins of women as an “insane transvestite ritual”. Gein denied having sex with the bodies he exhumed, explaining, “They smelled too bad.” During interrogation, Gein also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, who had been missing since 1954.

Shortly after his mother’s death, Gein decided he wanted a sex change, although it is a matter of some debate whether or not he was transsexual; by most accounts, he created his “woman suit” so he could pretend to be his mother, rather than change his sex.

Harold Schechter, an author of several true crime books, wrote a best-selling book about the Gein case called Deviant. In this book, Schechter mentions that Plainfield police officer Art Schley physically assaulted Gein during questioning by banging Gein’s head and face into a brick wall; because of this, Gein’s initial confession was ruled inadmissible. Schley died of a heart attack at the age of 43 shortly before Gein’s trial. Many who knew him said he was so traumatized by the horror of Gein’s crimes and the fear of having to testify (notably about assaulting Gein) that it led to his early death. One of his friends said, “He was a victim of Ed Gein as surely as if he had butchered him.”

Gein was found mentally incompetent and thus unfit to stand trial at the time of his arrest, and was sent to the Central State Hospital (now the Dodge Correctional Institution) in Waupun, Wisconsin. Later, Central State Hospital was converted into a prison and Gein was transferred to Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1968, Gein’s doctors determined he was sane enough to stand trial; he was found not guilty by reason of insanity by judge Robert H. Gollmar and spent the rest of his life in the hospital.

Ghoul car on display in the Bunny Gibbons carnival sideshowWhile Gein was in detention, his house burned to the ground. Arson was suspected. In 1958, Gein’s car, which he used to haul the bodies of his victims, was sold at public auction for a then-considerable sum of $760 to an enterprising carnival sideshow operator named Bunny Gibbons. Gibbons called his attraction the “Ed Gein Ghoul Car” and charged carnival-goers 25 cents admission to see it.

On July 26, 1984, Ed Gein died of respiratory and heart failure due to cancer in Goodland Hall at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. His gravesite in the Plainfield cemetery was frequently vandalized over the years; souvenir seekers would chip 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 presently kept in storage.

The Plainfield Cemetery, where Ed Gein is buried beside his mother

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846 Comments

  1. Spectrum

    September 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Pisicopatas são incapaz, apesar de ele ser deficiente mental a formação que a familia dele deu foi essa de que assassinato era um modo de conseguir como se fosse um “perdão” para os pecados da pessoa que ele estava assassinando

  2. Mona Thompson

    September 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I am not misinformed. Look it up. Buffalo Bill was not a real person. Just look it up. As I said before a man named Harris created him for Silence Of The Lambs. Buffalo Bills character used some things from the Ed Gein case…but Buffalo Bill was NOT a real man. Look it up…I promise you he is a fictional character.

    • Steve Taucci

      September 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      That’s right Mona he is fictional.

      • Angelina Torres

        March 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

        It is scary to know that there are people in the world like this

  3. G t

    September 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hope the fucker is experiencing eternal hell. Insane or not surely even a tiny part of them must know its wrong. He was a sick bastard and should’ve been given the chair.

  4. Mona Thompson

    September 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    He absolutely is not real. The character Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs was created by a man named Thomas Harris. Look it up. He was not real.

    • Tracey

      September 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Mona,
      You are misinformed

  5. Mona Thompson

    September 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Also….Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a fictional fucking movie annnnnd Hitler was a real person. And please don’t try to say TCM was real…Leatherface was based off of Ed Geins life but as far as the movie…not real! Hitler-REAL! K?

  6. Mona Thompson

    September 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I agree absolutely!!!!!!

  7. john

    September 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    he probably killed his father, brother and mother, I mean they all died within like seven years of each other, and most of his crimes occurred shortly after all of that, just seems like a good possibility to me…..and don’t call me names just because i’m giving my opinion

    • torii

      September 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      yea i read somewhere else that he killed his mother and kept her body in the house with him. The movie psycho and the show bates hotel is based off of his life.

      • chad1971

        September 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        do your homework before you comment about him.he was one sick person and kileed alot more women than you think
        .

      • kim leath

        September 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        The movie Hitchcock was about Ed geins,and that’s how hichcock came up with the movie,

    • Crissy Kafer

      September 14, 2013 at 6:44 am

      I had the same idea, nothing about this guy would shock me..

  8. loser

    August 30, 2013 at 4:40 am

    they seriously make it impossible to delete comments. glad i used a fake everything.

  9. Layna

    August 30, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Or we are all wrong n it is ACTUALLY based on Buffalo Bill. Which it is. My baddd.

    • Mona Thompson

      August 30, 2013 at 5:01 am

      Buffalo Bill is a fictional character silly.

      • Crisstal

        September 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

        No. He is not.

  10. Layna

    August 30, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Silence of the Lambs was based off of Jeffrey Dahmer! He killed men to eat them, Ed Gein used their parts for other reasons. Do your research people!

    • Mona Thompson

      August 30, 2013 at 4:54 am

      Actually Dahmer tried cannibalism but was quoted saying it just wasn’t for him…he wanted to have a zombie like sex slave and that is why he tried to pour acid into their brains thinking they would be brain dead but alive.

    • vaderblack

      August 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

      Layna…..with so many serial killers out there it is easy to get these sick and twisted individuals mixed up. Dahmer attempted cannibalism on multiple occasions but couldn’t stomach it. He tried the hearts, livers, biceps and thighs in attempt (like many other killers) to become one with his victims. In the end it “didn’t suit him.” The cannibalistic acts took place in the middle of his murdering spree and by victims 12 and on, he completely gave up on the idea of ingesting human flesh. He never murdered for cannibalistic reasons. His sole reason for serial killing, as he states, was to have a completely docile, submissive companion. Which explains why every victim had a hole drilled in their head with various liquid “potions” (usually acid) poured down the new opening. Again he never killed to eat people, not once, he made a valiant effort to try it a few times but in the end he couldnt stomach it.

    • Theodore Burdette

      September 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      talk about retarted! silence of the lambs was released in 1988! Dahmer wasn’t even caught till July 22, 1991! check your facts before you post! or show everyone your an ass!

      • Theodore Burdette

        September 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        you folks are definately not gore buffs!

    • chad1971

      September 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      ed gein preferd blonde women,they dont know exactly how many women he killed.he was from plainfield and my parent and my grandparents knew him.when the news broke about what he did and who he killed they burned his house and buildings to the ground.fact is my mother told me that she seen him many times and she was a blonde.he should have been executed.

    • Steve Taucci

      September 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Jeffrey Dahmer’s favorite shampoo was HEAD &SHOLDERS!

    • Steve Taucci

      September 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      JEFFREY’S FAVORITE SHAMPOO WAS HEAD AND SHOLDERS

      • Dick Buttkiss

        September 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm

        You spelled SHOULDERS wrong…twice…….

  11. Layna

    August 30, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I’m from Wisconsin…between him and Dahmer….I feel safe they both died. These things scare the crap out of me.

    • Maryann Hoitink

      September 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Jeffery D. was sent to Colombia prison, Terry Anderson who killed his wife in the Friday’s parking lot while his 2 small children were in their car was also sen t to Colombia prison. An inmate killed both jeff and Terry while at Colombia Prison in the shower. Two awful people left this earth on someone elses whim.

  12. Charles Brian Moore

    August 23, 2013 at 6:52 am

    If theirs a creator behind such a creation, what would they think like to cause them to create such a person? Would it be some one, illuminating naughty in the field of Criminology & Psychology, or a group of neighbouring misfits advancing their personal beliefs or religion? The “science” to cause madness, so much more than spiritual possession, and a fingerprint as well. Just read or look at the article and then read the responses and possibly you will find the name of the new toy of such a creator, as it needs weakness, ignorance, fantasy minded and ilusuonal qualities to make them delusuonall. The categories are proven irrefutably endless.

    Sincerely, Think About It

    • Close By

      September 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Yeah your a whacko Charlie Brian, like the rest of the ghouls and illiterates who post comments. But you Charlie Brian, you really are special aren’t ya? Get some help, okay? Otherwise, Someone’s gonna getcha. Their watching you now, and listening too!

  13. tim

    August 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Definetly some very opinionated people on this site, I was here to see if texas chainsaw had any truth to it and this is where I ended up, gota say he was one sick fuck, should have hanged regardless

  14. zorgaloth

    August 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    This is literally the wikipedia article rephrased

    • rage_2000

      January 14, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Yes that’s what I was saying too!!!

  15. kathy clubb

    August 1, 2013 at 12:43 am

    all there serial killers have something missing in their brain their brains need to be studied maybe some day they figure it out to stop this from happening t he serial killers lack a conceince they lack not knowing when they are doing wrong there has to be some kind of gene missing in their brains

    • Steve

      August 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Can someone translate this?

      • WmRobt

        August 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        I am involved in translations of a story about the Ed Gein history (Spanish and English) but I suspect this is not exactly what you wanted.

    • jay goodnight

      August 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      if there were no crimes to solve especially murders…cpos would loose jobs..citizens would more or less end up like the movie Demolition Man. Please ed was a sick bad man. but what would the world be like without the bad guy? answer that. only news to repoet would be a cat stuck in the tree which would spca and tree huggers to argue. think b4 u speak! thank you

    • Maryann Hoitink

      September 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      The Drs. tried to examine Jefferys’ brain but the mother and father fought over who would get to bury the head.

    • Anne m

      September 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Something happens in their formative years. Perhaps an abusive father or mother. They weren’t born Serial Killers

      • SavySue

        September 25, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Environment can be very important for the sociopath. However, studies have shown significant differences in both the structure and function of the sociopathic brain. Part of the prefrontal cortex is responsible for emotions, empathy etc. The amygdala is, in part, in control of impulse control. Functional MRI showed a decrease or absence of communication between these two parts of the brain in sociopaths. The smaller size of these areas and/or the lack of communication between the two show there is a genetic component involved creating at very least a propensity for their criminal behavior. Scientists have discovered a specific gene, the warrior gene, prevalent in sociopaths.people can be born with a warrior gene, environment/Nurture can exasperate this predisposition. People can be born this way. A true mental illness. This does not excuse the violent sociopath’s behavior. Crimes they commit are often horrific. Society deserves to be protected against them. They should be put in mental institutions for the criminally insane with maximum security. Unfortunately, there is no rehabilitation for these types of patients.

    • Julia Marie

      July 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you! kathy clubb, finnaly someone said was I was thinking ed gien had an insane mother, a dead brother, was bullied, and an abusive father witch probly influenced his need to so these horrible things I agree that their brains should be studied

  16. Jer

    July 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    H H holmes was americas first serial killer look it up chicago castle or whitetown castle

  17. Ridgeway

    July 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Redhog Noodle u r a very angry person. I do not know why. But u should not judge people so harshly for their interests. Do not take this offensivly.

    • Tory Chapman

      July 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      I agree with redhog this is some twisted stuff. Never knew there where so many people with such dark senses of humor? Just WOW. Craziness huh?

    • Rob

      July 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      What everyone is missing is that the whole story of Ed Gein could have, and should have been avoided. Because the medical examiner erred in calling his brothers death an accident. He murdered him in a sickening way. Knocked him unconscious, then burned him alive. He should have been removed from society then. As a result of that mistake, all the other events took place. Including people making profits off of the story. Very sad, but true.

      • chad1971

        September 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

        he very likly killed many people before his brothers death

    • may

      July 24, 2013 at 12:15 am

      my grandpa grew up next to ed… granted the houses were miles apart… he knew him and saw all of the detective mags… he said they were everywhere. And the whole town got together one night and burned the house down so it would not be turned into a museum and disrupt teir lives.

      • Troy

        August 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        May,

        What was your Grandpa’s last name? My Grandparents lived a couple miles down the road from Geins farm also and are buried a few miles outside of Plainfield close to Almond. They last name was Pomerenke. My grandmother was 98 and passed away in the summer of 2006. My Grandparents uses to talk about Ed when I was younger and not as much when they got older. One of my younger brothers graduated from Highschool in Plainfield and I would run in track there at the Tri-County meet.

      • Layna

        August 30, 2013 at 4:09 am

        My family lived on a farm near him too! It’s actually kind of freaky!

    • Movie Bluff

      July 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I agree with ridgeway. I’ll add one to your list of why people visit this site. Maybe someone is watching Halloween and decided to look up what inspired them to make the film? Like me….. I’d say your the sick one for being so angry and judging people.

  18. Ridgeway

    July 17, 2013 at 4:02 am

    “He was not born a monster, Rather turned into one by years of systematic abuse.”

    -Hannibal Lecter.

    • Maryann Hoitink

      September 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      His creepy Mother, just like Stalin and Hitlers’ mothers. There were catholic, and fanatic. Mothers told them how bad all people are. When you here this every day for years it works on you in a lot of ways.

  19. Ridgeway

    July 17, 2013 at 3:56 am

    People don’t realize it wasn’t his fault. He had a mental illness. People demonized him for something that wasn’t his fault.

    • norma

      July 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      have you lost your mind

      • Ridgeway

        September 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        And to answer your question. No. I am completely sane. You see i profile people like gein for a living. I can see inside their heads and understand them. As i said in my earlier posts. Abuse and religous brainwashing

        • Kimberlynn

          January 13, 2016 at 11:36 pm

          Oh, OK, so you obviously have watched criminal minds, but for u to say what you said, I don’t believe for a second that you are a profiler – especially one who gets paid. I’m a therapist, and you are wrong.

    • Stoney

      August 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I’m sorry I just can’t accept that. Yes, people suffer from mental illness, but there’s no way, I don’t care how sick you are, that someone can think that this is okay. And to do it that many times. Even if you are mentally sick, you comprehend and can still discern pain in yourself and others. You can also differentiate what is and is not accepted by society , and some things aren’t accepted for a REASON- like making soup bowls out of a human skull. I believe everyone deserves forgiveness from God, but some people there’s just no way you can reason with the disgustingness of their actions. No way

      • Maryann Hoitink

        September 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Jeffs’ parents always told him to go out and play, so he DID. He started early with animals. Then they sent him to his Grandmother in Milwaukee.

      • Emma

        September 4, 2013 at 6:13 am

        The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. They are fixated on the thing they are trying to Achieve so no they cannot differentiate what is and what is not acceptable by society and they have no concept of causing others pain. If tey did they would be classed as having a mental illness. I’m not saying what he did was right, but that he had no control over what he was doing

      • Ridgeway

        September 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        I understand your point of veiw, but my brother has severe autism and has hirt people, hurt but not killed, and we realize that he has little to no control over his actions. It is the similar principal. He currently resides in a mental hospital, were sadly i cannot see him.

  20. Ridgeway

    July 17, 2013 at 3:52 am

    You people don’t realize what u’r saying. This man was the inspiration for Phsyco, Silence of the Lambs, Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He was america’s first official serial killer. He will forever be remembered by all the people of the country. Also he’s the definition of the result of abuse and hyper religous brainwashing.

    • Melea

      July 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      H.H. Holmes was america’s first official serial killer

    • vc

      July 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Actually H.H Holmes was America’s first official serial killer.

  21. perry

    July 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Its not that his a killer that freaks me out the most. Its what he did with the remains. Its scary because the human brain can imagine things like this. Who knows what the guy sitting on the bus next to me could be thinking.

    • Brittany

      July 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Ever heard of Albert Fish? What he did with his victims is also quite disturbing.

    • Maryann Hoitink

      September 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Can you imagine, jeff had a job at a factory named Ambrosia, it was a candy factory.

  22. B-Real

    July 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Personally I think it’s incredibly insensitive for people to even make films on this. A documentary is one thing but to glorify it in films is selfish thinking.

    • Tory Chapman

      July 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I agree with you buddy. But still this is pretty creepy huh. I just came here because i have to do a report for my forensics class. I didn’t think i was being a creep?

  23. Henry

    July 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This text and Wikipedia are the exact same……

    • Tory Chapman

      September 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Yeah your right, Henry I checked, wondr if they where written by the same person or person who made site simply cut and pasted?

  24. George

    July 6, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Unbelievable, most people on here are lost!! It is a true story and very sad I might add!! If anyone thinks this is cool you need serious help!! Good luck in life cuz you need it, it also sounds like you need to seek God!!

    • nonya

      July 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      hypocrisy runs through your life my friend

    • Barnaby Jones

      July 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Odd, a man telling others to seek God after judging them. You’re a hypocrite. I’m here getting info for a paper i’m writing. What brings YOU to this site????

    • Nicole

      July 25, 2013 at 1:19 am

      its not that people think its “cool” but are more interested in how the human brain can function like this & how someone can begin to be okay with living this way . you are saying people like me need god in our lives , but god says not to judge so really you’re only making yourself look bad . i do have god in my life i may not be the perfect christain or go to church every sunday or read the bible every day but i DO have god in my life . i study these types of things because for one its odly & wierdly fascinating that someone can live like this & yet no one can sometimes begin to even see the signs or know how to spot a serial killer because they don not know what that type of person is thinking or what kind of mental , psychological illnesses these type of people have . i am going to school to major in criminal psychology & sociology so maybe possibly one of these days myself or someone that studies the things i do will be able to stop someone like this before they do become a “serial killer” . i am 16 yrs old & yet it amazes me how stupid & ignorant some “adults” can be . so before you judge & say people need god you may want to think of other reasons why people would read this stuff or study up on it because not everybody thinks its “cool” but are merely fascinated by the thought process & background life of someone of ed’s kind .

      • Tory Chapman

        September 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        She’s right.

    • Katrina

      August 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Pardon you. Please, do not force your opinions upon people. Not everyone shares your beliefs, nor do they want to her them if they’re not mutual.

  25. TT

    June 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Trippin’ Site!

  26. brownhair2012

    June 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    This story along with these pics, made me sooooo sick to my stomach that I almost threw up. The reason I searched this up is because my parents were just telling me that they went to see it in theaters when it came out. They also told me the story of what he did. He was so super sick mindedly twisted.

  27. C.J.

    June 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Ed Gein was a sick bastard period.

  28. Redhog Noodle

    June 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

    One poor soul,or a hundred….This guy was a sick fuck,and should have been fried in “Old Sparky”, rather than allowed to live out his days at the Public Expense…It is evident,that most commenting on this site,are themselves,uneducated,misspelling,sick fucks,and are a sad commentary on the mental state of this Country at this time..You ALL are sick,and in need of help…Maybe even a bullet to put you out of your misery…

    • John

      June 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      To bad he didn’t get to your grandma and dig her up and have his fun with her so we wouldn’t have to hear from a retard like you. Dead skin mask is my favorite love song

      • Ridgeway

        July 17, 2013 at 4:18 am

        U Should not be so hard on Redhog. They may have their reasons for what they say. And we should not judge them for it. Can we all not just get along?

    • zach

      June 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Totally agree

      • zach

        June 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        with Redhog

        • Ridgeway

          July 17, 2013 at 4:15 am

          We all have the right to our opinion but why does that opinion have to hurt others?

    • Ridgeway

      July 17, 2013 at 4:12 am

      Why do you hate people so much? We are not sick we are people who have as much right to live as u do. Do not assume we are all sick people. Maybe some are here for research or other reasons. So before you go around accusing people make sure your own home is in order first. I am a man who does not demonize a whole group of people by the actions of a select few. Did we blame all of germany for what the Nazi’s did? Did we blame all whites for the actions of the KKK? NO! So “Judge us not equally”
      -Abraham Lincoln.

    • brwo

      July 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I see plenty of grammatical errors in your post. I, also, find it quite ironic that you are calling people sick and then telling them to kill themselves. Interesting. Very interesting.

    • Maryann Hoitink

      September 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I was a staff nurse at the time E. Gein was there and we never knew it until later, oh God, how creeped out we were!!

  29. britney

    June 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    is he based on the texas chainsaw massacre ?

    • Geist

      June 10, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Yes, he was the inspiration for leatheface.

      • Paul martin

        June 15, 2013 at 7:33 am

        No he wasnt texas chainsaw happnd n texas n is a true story.look it up.leather face is his own person not ed gien!wiscosin is not texas!lol

        • Jenn

          June 21, 2013 at 1:24 am

          Paul Martin ur a moron. Do ur research. Ed Gein was the inspiration for many horror movies & shows just like every other screwed up famous murder. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was ” based on true events”, like Ed Geins actions, it did not actually happen.

          • None ya

            June 27, 2013 at 2:15 am

            Thank You! Jen is right, Paul you are indeed a moron.

        • kimba_anne

          June 26, 2013 at 11:50 am

          Wow,no leather face iz fiction and is based on ed gein..

        • joy

          July 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          Chainsaw massacre didn’t really happen. When it says it’s based on a true story it meant based on a similar incident, the Ed gein story being that incident.

        • Mona Thompson

          September 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

          Hey Paul…I think what Brittany means is is leather faces character based off of Ed Geins case…and it is! Leather face is not a real person. He is based off of true happenings from Ed Geins life. So yes Brittany… The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based off of Ed Gein and so is Silence of the Lambs and also Alfred Hitchcocks Psyco. Look it up…it’s all there. I don’t think she thought Wisconsin and Texas were in the same place but it is amusing that you put LOL at the end of your statement Paul when your the one that actually was wrong and completely misunderstood what she was trying to ask.

      • Brenda

        July 23, 2013 at 12:30 am

        I am watching the documentary and it stated that he was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”.

    • Adrian johnson

      June 10, 2013 at 12:19 am

      To brittney yes and silence of the lamps

      • sammy

        June 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        To Alexanda: and Phsyco

    • Alexandra

      June 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      No this is really and no joke he did all this thing probably because he was he was depressed about his father,brother, and , mother dying.

    • tosha

      June 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      He is the so clef Texas chainsaw massacre that actually happened in Wisconsin. did u not read this or what?

      • Aubrey Morrill

        June 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Actually, the texas chainsaw movies were based off of Ed Gein, the massacre never actually happened.

    • Maggie Devens

      June 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      he is not based on the Texas chainsaw massacre which is total fiction. it was put about when the first one came out in the 50’s that it was a true story, but that was a hoax. Ed Gein is a real person who was arrested for his crimes. Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs was based on Ed Gein. Hannibal Lector was based on the person of Albert Fish who was executed in 1936 for murdering and eating humans.

      • Valerie

        June 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

        R u stupid? Texas chainsaw is inspired by this man. Have you seen the movie?

        • Maryann Hoitink

          September 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

          The 1976 Texas chainsaw…was much better, way better!!

        • chad1971

          September 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

          texas chainsaw has nothing to do with ed gein.he was a prolific serial killer which means he had to kill more than 3 to be a serial killer.go to any library and you might find a book about him written by some one that actualy seen the case.

      • Megan.

        July 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Actually he is based off the movies Texas chainsaw massacre. The movies just reached out more than the real story. Even though this happend in Wisconson & he did not use a chainsaw it still infact is based off him. Silence of the lamb is either based off Ed Gein or buffalo bill. I can’t remember.

      • Layna

        August 30, 2013 at 4:04 am

        Silence of the Lambs was actually based on Jeffrey Dahmer….not Ed Gein. Both being from Wisconsin I’m not surprised there’s some confusion.

        • Mona Thompson

          August 30, 2013 at 4:44 am

          Absolutely not Layna!!! Since Dahmer was arrested in 91 and silence of the lambs was released in 91. Silence of the lambs, psycho and Texas chainsaw massacre took things from Ed Geins actual case and used them in the movies. Just to prove I’m not talking out of my ass check out this link. En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed Gein

        • Megan

          September 28, 2013 at 6:19 am

          No.

    • logan

      June 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      yes

    • Kelley

      July 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      I was under the impression that Psycho, Texas Chainsaw massacre, & Scilence of the lambs were all loosely based off of him.

  30. seth

    June 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

    You all keep bickering like children. It happened over sixtey years ago. He killed two and dug up multiple bodies from the local cemetary. Its not so much sick as it is interesting; how a persons psyche can be destroyed by an over-zealous mother and something like ed gein is created. He used his farming and handyman skills in his atrocities, amazing.

  31. Ed Gein

    June 8, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Hello folks,
    I’m glad you found my antics amusing. All I wanted in life was some friends, but sometimes things just got out of hand. Especially my machete. The 40’s and 50’s were some of the best years of my life. There are so many detailed and touching memories. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a human shriek.
    Sincerely,
    Ed

    • tyler

      June 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Why is everyone so upset he only killed what was it 2 women I mean its sad yeah but you dam trolls act like its the worst thing to ever happen in the world I mean wtf get over yourself who do you think you are kidding you went & goggled the Texas chainsaw massacre & you have no idea what the real story is I can name hundreds of killers who are so much worse then Ed Gein the only interesting thing about him is the breaking down of his psyche & the amazing movies he inspired you trolls are all the same a bunch of uneducated attention starving whores I would rather have more Ed Gein’s then you dumb ass trolls at least then I would have someone intelligent & interesting to have a conversation with

      • deedee

        June 11, 2013 at 12:38 am

        Use punctuation, grammar, and proper verb tenses, and intelligent folks might take you seriously.

      • Scott

        June 13, 2013 at 4:07 am

        Tyler, are you kidding me? This man is a sick fuck. Killing one person is disgusting, but killing more than one innocent Person? Not to mention brutally. Imagine if one member of your family was killed the way these people were? Dude your the one that’s a dumb ass! Everyone is so upset because those people were innocent and what sort of sick punishment for doing nothing wrong is being killed?

        • Cody Bertrand

          July 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          No one is innocent. We all, including my family and loved ones, deserve to die in means such as this. He acted on his natural impulse. To take devour and consume. We all have demons inside just clawing to get out an be heard. Props to him amongst many others for allowing the demons to be released.

      • Jenn

        June 21, 2013 at 1:28 am

        Amen dude.

      • Ridgeway

        July 17, 2013 at 4:25 am

        You are absolutely right. There are worse. Ridgeway, Speck, Gacey, Dahmer, B.T.K. They all did much more haneus things. Ripper, Boston strangler, Black Dahlia. Betwwen them are hundreds. Gein only 2.

      • chad1971

        September 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        tyler he killed more than 2 women.try about 20 or more.they dont know the exact count because they could be baried anyware on that farm or different counties or states.

    • tosha

      June 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Omg look ed the ghost, get a life dude seriously, ur dumb!

    • Ridgeway

      July 17, 2013 at 4:21 am

      U R Not Ed. Do not use anothers name in such a way. It is rude and disrespectfull of a persons memory. Even such a person as Ed gein. But he to deserves to Rest In Peace.

      • john harrington

        December 7, 2014 at 11:35 am

        Shut up you self righteous prick. You’re fighting a battles for human decency and truth on the comment thread of a hack web site? Come on man, go outside, live your life. Stop playing teeball with toddlers and acting like it’s the world series. There’s something very dishonest about you and all your posts.

  32. Tyler

    June 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I talked to the grave keeper 2 years ago…he said its in his basement..not a museum.

  33. tkydfrye

    June 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    some really fucked up stuff! The true story is so much different from the movies, why didn’t they just call him the Wisconsin massacre

    • The Pablo

      June 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Because the Wisconsin massacre is to mainstream.

    • Jen

      June 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

      It’s not called a massacre,cuz it Wasnt a massacre..plus wats wrong with The Wiscousin Ghoul??..hmmm..Ed is my fav out of hundreds and hundreds!..

  34. aub

    May 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    WTF is wrong with you idiots? Why even make dumb ass jokes? Sick bitches.

    • mr.cool

      May 31, 2013 at 3:30 am

      No sir. What the fuck is wrong with you? Do you have nothing better to do than jump blog to blog hating on the other individuals on it?? Do you really think your an different or ” better” than us? People are getting shot every day. Off the very streets we live on and YOU think just because some of us choose to approach these situations with humor to cope with the fact that we are living in a fucked up place, that YOU are any DIFFERENT? Do the World a favor And… STFU!!!!

    • jay

      May 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Your a fukin doushbag grow the fuck up asshole. you think the world has gotten any better since then .no its worse so stop fuki
      n cryin . and your the one bein a bitch. aub

      • mr.cool

        May 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        Finally someone intelligent joins the blog. Finally someone with at least half a brain sees where I’m getting at. Bravo my friend bravo.

        • Alex Baldwin

          June 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

          Is he any different than someone that grows up wanting to work in an autopsy room? Or a soldier over in the middlemost shooting little kids everyday? Or the tribes in south america that save human skulls as dishes and eat pieces of brain? The only difference is that his crimes were made a public display, this is just human nature that only within the past 300 years has become a crime. Without being told that any of this is wrong, and being blessed with the set of morals we get from our parents, schools and so on i almost guarantee there’d be no difference between him, you or I

          • Ridgeway

            July 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

            I agree with you. Have we not all had these impulses? I can get into their minds and understand them. I can step into their shoes and realize most of these people are not truly the monsters they are turned into by hollywood. The Happy Face killer suffered abuse just like Gein, As did the Deadly Drifter. Hecwas forced to wear dresses and was beaten daily by his mother. And his father told him to cope with bestiality. So before we judge we should take a long look at ourselves. Granted mental illness is not an excuse. There is no excuse. But should we demonize them so? Or are we truly all monsters deep down?

          • Layna

            August 30, 2013 at 3:55 am

            wanting to be a medical examiner (doing autopsies) doesn’t mean that person likes seeing or being around deceased people. I’m going to school for my doctorate in that field b/c I love the human body. And personally it gives me the conscious of knowing I’m not hurting them and I obviously CANNOT kill them.

      • Valerie

        June 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

        Well we know you can’t be any older than 12 with those spelling errors

  35. unknown

    May 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    this stuff isn’t fucking funny. how would you feel if he was still alive and he came after you? its not funny to joke about this shit

    • mr.cool

      May 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Your right. Its HILARIOUS. Loosen up would you sure its fucked up and dark and shit but that was the past. Get over it troll.

    • meeeee

      June 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Can u not take a joke once in a while btw if he came after me I would be scared but u know I wldn’t give a f**k if people joked about it …thats that and i’m not gonna be mad at people for having a funny sense of humor

  36. mr.cool

    May 27, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Wow. Lots of fucking trolls on here. People take a joke every once in a while please! Who cares if they just happen to be about one of the most horrific serial killers who ever walked this earth. At least the dude had a good taste in fashion and culinary arts, both being human flesh however. Ed gein, my role model

    • Taylor Wade

      May 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      You DUMB ASS!!! I HOPE YOU ENJOY HELL… YOU ARE A REAL RETARD..

      • Jesus

        May 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        Oh, I DO love people who place themselves on a moral pedestal while throwing around the word “retard”.

      • mr.cool

        June 3, 2013 at 1:33 am

        Hell doesn’t exsist don’t project your religious beliefs at me please. PS you calling me a retard and a dumb ass is judgment which just happens to be a sin in Christianity fuckface so shut your hypocritical ass up

    • MK (@MarcoAlDente)

      June 8, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Most horrific serial killer? The guy killed a couple people and dug up dead bodies. Even if we go with the outside estimate of 15 kills he was still a pathetic part timer.

      Way to go having a sad loser as a role model.

    • Renee

      June 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      What a dumb ass. Maybe the next serial killer movie will b about u. Ignorant ass. Get a real hero.

    • Ridgeway

      July 17, 2013 at 4:37 am

      Mr. Cool. You should choose your words carefully. Some people may get the wrong idea.

    • Mona Thompson

      August 29, 2013 at 4:58 am

      I have to say…you are pretty funny mr. Cool. I too have a pretty what some would call fucked up sense of humor. Fuck em if they can’t take a joke. It’s a joke for fucks sake. And who gives a shit if stuff isn’t spelled correctly or have the proper grammer. Get over it and stick to the story at hand. This guys mother took religion to a whole other level and ruined her sons chance of ever being happy. That’s why I don’t believe in religious bullshit and I swear if I see one more person on here say “you need to find god” Im gonna hork…fuckers.

  37. k

    May 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    u people have no respect for the dead and some of on hear r killers so i would stay the hell off hear but some of u do have respect for the dead and u know who u r.

    • meeeee

      June 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      How do you know there are killers on here….are you one :o

  38. ilovekfc

    May 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    i live in this town…..

  39. FeFe 78

    May 23, 2013 at 12:28 am

    At least he shot them instead of making them suffer because that’s some grusome shit! Interesting story but sad too.

  40. Rose Diaz

    May 22, 2013 at 1:14 am

    The whole thing is quite disturbing.Its so sad that things like this happen.

  41. y2j

    May 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Wow I thought it was a pretty good story but I still dont think it’s true

    • jay jay

      May 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

      bitch its true !

  42. bigred

    May 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Shrunken heads… haha who doesn’t want a little head every now and again? Lol!

    • robert

      May 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      what the hell man this was a true story. them were real heads this is not funny you jerk

      • bigred

        May 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

        Hahaha! I am a jerk. But look at the facts he was supposedly mentally insane with a growth over one eye who talked and laughed at himself… and people still let him babysit there kids? WTF! And those poor dead people he supposedly murdered had to make some pretty poor decisions too. So STFU!

        • Persnickety

          June 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm

          I think he was only convicted of two murders, and you don’t have to make a poor decision to be shot in the head.
          I see your point though.

        • Layna

          August 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

          *their
          also, he was determined sane, and that is why he was convicted of the murders

          • Theodore Burdette

            September 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

            Ed was found insane! and instituitionilzed where he died in 1984! where do you people think from? yahoo? cause that would explain things!

      • mr.cool

        June 3, 2013 at 1:21 am

        It made me giggle.

        • Mona Thompson

          August 29, 2013 at 5:12 am

          Hehe! Me too! We are kindred spirits you funny fucker!

  43. Jessica

    May 20, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Saddens me how this guy wanted to live his life. Life i precious and this man was inconceivable… Cancer was a God sent… Thank you Jesus

    • Jesus

      May 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      You’re welcome. I, of course work through terminal diseases, as was said in the Bible.

  44. Jack

    May 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Some of the comments here are pretty frightening, grotesque and disgusting. I think some of you may actually be a serial killer or a sexual predator. We live in a sick, psycho society.

  45. F.E. Tischman

    May 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Part of a torso made into a lampshade. Would you say the skin looked glowing or radiant????

    • PitBull

      May 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Are you a serial killer too? Does this sick story really turn you on? Do you want a torso made into a lampshade in your house? You may need psychological help.

      • Riderofthepalehorse

        May 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        PitBull it was said in jest ( a joke ) so deal with it.

      • Jesus

        May 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        …Where are you getting that he was “turned on”? Where are you getting ANY of that?

  46. slim kettle

    May 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    CRAZY MOTHER FUCKER

  47. Alan Weeks

    May 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Is anyone else hungry?

    • Riderofthepalehorse

      May 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Alan it’s best to keep those comments to your self krogan’s are hated enough as it is.

    • Mona Thompson

      August 29, 2013 at 5:18 am

      That is soooo weird cause I just went and made a sandwich! It was yummy!!!

  48. LOL

    May 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

    maybe you should join your sick friend eddy.

  49. Rick Penticoff

    May 1, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Wow, another freak only a liberal could love.

    • Tim

      May 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Another dumbass comment only a “conservative” would make.

  50. todd

    April 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Linda you are a dirty whore who smacks camels in the ass….i dream of you at night…i long for you…

    • Charmaine Walker

      July 7, 2013 at 12:57 am

      The Texas Chainsaw Masscre was very horrible. But not as bad as Hitler.

      • shazamm

        August 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        No!! Really?!! -_-

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