Edwand Theodore Gein

1906-1984

Eds Childhood

Gein was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was very to himself and he spent hours obsessed with sexual fantasy and reading about female anatomy. Geins father was an alcoholic, his mother was very religious, and he had one older brother Henry. His mother ruled the house preaching about the sins of lost and carnal desire. She tried to teach Ed and Henry about sin, especially the evils of sex and women. She also abused them. His father died from alcoholism in 1940. Four years later after that his brother died from fighting a fire. His mother died a year after in 1945 from a stroke.

  • His nickname was the butcher of Plainfield.
  • He's a serial killer and grave robber
  • He inspired the creation of films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • After his mothers death is when he started to rob graves
  • He had practice necrophilia(sex with dead bodies) and experimented with human taxidermy.
  • Killed two women
  • He was a loner

Gein would spend hours obsessed with sexual fantasy and reading about the female anatomy. Gus, another loner was a long time friend of Gein's. Gein told Gus about all the experiment's he did. They wanted to perform together but needed fresher bodies so they robbed bodies from a grave. This continued for 10 years. His obsessive fantasies desired him to turn himself into a women. He would construct item's out of the skin of the body that he could drape on himself such as a female mask and breast. He made a complete body sized female-like jump suit.

Searching the house, authorities found:

  • Four noses

  • Whole human bones and fragments

  • Nine masks of human skin

  • 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

  • Bernice Worden's head in a burlap sack

  • Nine vulvas in a shoe box

  • Skulls on his bedposts

  • Organs in the refrigerator

  • A pair of lips on a draw string for a windowshade

  • A belt made from human female nipples

  • A lampshade made from the skin from a human face

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. Found mentally incompetent and thus unfit to stand trial, Gein was sent to the Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane