Ed Gein was born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin on August 27, 1906, the second son of George Philip and Augusta Gein. Gein had an older brother, Henry Gein. Augusta despised her husband, and considered him a failure for being an alcoholic who was unable to keep a job. Augusta operated a small grocery store and used the proceeds from the sale of the grocery store in 1914 to purchase a farm on the outskirts of the small town of Plainfield, Wisconsin. Augusta relocated to the farm to prevent outsiders from influencing her sons. Ed only left the farm to attend school. Augusta preached to her boys about the innate immorality of the world, the evil of drinking, and the belief that all women (except herself) were naturally prostitutes and instruments of the devil. She reserved time every afternoon to read to them from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses concerning death, murder, and divine retribution. Edward was shy, and classmates and teachers remembered him as having strange mannerisms, such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal jokes. His mother punished him whenever he tried to make friends. Despite his poor social development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading. Augusta was rarely pleased with her kids, believing that they were destined to become failures and alcoholics like their father. In their teenage years and early adulthood, Henry and Ed remained detached from people outside of their farmstead, and had only each other for company. His father died of heart failure caused by his alcoholism on April 1, 1940, aged 66. Ed and Henry both worked as handymen, Ed also frequently babysat for neighbors. He enjoyed babysitting, seeming to relate more easily to children than adults. Henry began dating a divorced, single mother of two, and planned on moving in with her; Henry often spoke ill of his mother around Ed, who responded with shock and hurt. On May 16, 1944, Henry and Ed were burning...
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