Ed Gein - Serial Killer

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Ed Gein: Serial Killer
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Ed Gein: Serial Killer
Zach Gil

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Ed Gein was known as a farmer and a local handyman in his small town community of Plainfield, Wisconsin. The community was so small that most of the people that knew of Gein, just knew him as a bit of an odd character. While most of them thought that he was rather odd, they also thought that he was harmless. Little did they know that he would later come to be known as the “Butcher of Plainfield.” He would also become the inspiration for numerous horror films after the police searched and seized the experiments that Gein kept in his home.

Gein was born in 1906 to his mother Augusta and his father George. He also had a younger brother named Henry. The family lived and worked on a farm just outside Plainfield, Wisconsin. “Gein’s mother was a very dominant, overbearing woman who took control over the boys.” She would often let the boys know what their chores were on the farm, quote the bible, and lecture her two sons on the evils of the world. Her main focus seemed to be that of warning against sins such as sex and women. Not too much was known about Gein’s father George, except that he was an alcoholic.

“In 1940 Gein’s father George died of alcoholism.” Ed and his brother Henry were left with the task of supporting the family. During this time, Ed received government subsidy for being a farmer and did odd jobs around the town to supplement his income. A few years later Gein’s brother Henry would mysteriously die while he and Ed were fighting a forest fire. “In 1945 Gein’s mother suffered a fatal stroke and he was left all alone of the family’s ranch.”

After Gein’s mother died he boarded up her room and its contents in order to ensure that the room would stay the same way that his mother had left it. Since Gein no longer had his mother to watch over what he did on a daily basis, he began to do things that he wanted to do. He read a lot about the experiments that the Nazis did in their concentration camps during the war. Gein channeled his energies to learning all he could about the female anatomy. Because he thought so much about the female anatomy, he could not get his mind off of sex. Gein was now free to do as he pleased and allow his fantasies to become reality.

Gein was not the only oddball loner in this town. He had a friend named Gus who had also been called a loner as well. Gein confided in Gus his thoughts of fantasies and experiments with the bodies of female corpses. Together, they agreed to visit local graves and remove the bodies of women in order to perform experiments. Gein began to check the local newspapers for women that had just died so that he and Gus could get fresh bodies. Gein would sometimes take the whole body or just take the parts that he needed for his experiments.

The experiments that Gein performed were very shocking. He made things like bowls from skulls and was said to have upholstered furniture with human skin. The organs from the experiments were not discarded either. He would save the organs in the refrigerator in order to eat them later. It was also said that he performed necrophilia on the bodies that he and his friend Gus dug up. He proved that there was no limit to his madness when he dug his own mother up from her grave. Gein’s secret experiments and appalling acts continued going on for years.

During the time that he was robbing graves with his friend Gus, Gein never told his friend that he had a yearning to be a woman. “This was the reason that he studied the female anatomy. “” He often thought about the possibilities of an operation which would result in sex change.” He actually created a female bodysuit from human skin that included a mask and breasts. Since he would never get to have the operation, this was the next best thing. As the experiments continued, Gein would seek new ways to add to the variety.

Gein’s first murder was a woman...
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