Ed Gein

Ed Gein was an American murderer, a body snatcher, necrophile, and a serial killer. He was also known as the Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul. He was born and raised in a farming community and lived an isolated life. Ed was punished by his mother whenever he tried to make friends as his mother wanted to protect him from the outside world. He was also bullied in school as he had a non-malignant fleshy growth on the corner of his left eyelid, which caused this eye to droop.

After his mother died, he did odd jobs for his livelihood. The authorities noticed the crimes he did around Plainfield, and they came across that he had dug the dead body from graveyards to fashion keepsakes and trophies from their skin and bones. He also confessed that he had murdered two women in 1954 and 1957. He was sent to mental rehab and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.

Quick Info 
Full NameEdward Theodore
Birth Date27 August 1906
Birth PlaceWisconsin, USA
FatherGeorge Philip
MotherAugusta Wilhelmine Gein
BrotherHenry George Gein
Height5 feet and 6 inches (170cm/1.70m)
Weight74 kg (163lbs)
Death26 July 1984

Ed Gein

Where was Ed Gein born?

Ed Gein’s real name was Edward Theodore, born on 27 August 1906 in Wisconsin, USA. His parents were George Philip and Augusta Wilhelmine Gein. He grew alongside his older brother named Henry George Gein. His father died because of alcoholism and was very attached to his mother and brother. He was an American by his nationality.

How was Ed’s early life?

Ed Gein spent his childhood isolated and only left home while attending school as his mother followed Lutheranism and wanted her children to follow that. He was of shy nature and had poor skills, due to which he was always targeted by teachers and bullied by other kids.

His father was an alcoholic person and often had a heart problem, due to which he died. Likewise, after his father’s death, his brother took odd jobs for livelihood. Sadly, his brother also died due to asphyxiation while stemming from a crop fire at their farmstead. Meanwhile, his mother was ancient and was physically disabled. But Ed remained with her and supported her till her death.

What is Ed Gein’s physical stat?

Ed Gein stood 5 feet and 6 inches (170cm/1.70m) tall and weighed around 74 kg (163lbs). In addition, he had a pair of blue-colored eyes with brown hair color.

Is Ed Gein married?

Ed Gein was a single virgin and unmarried till his death due to his mother’s teaching of Lutheranism. He didn’t get to know about girls. Moreover, he also had no friends.

Ed Gein

How was Ed Gein’s career?

After his whole family died, Ed Gein started doing odd jobs, and he also received a farm from the government. He also read about death-cult magazines and adventure stories involving cannibals and Nazi atrocities. He also often worked sometimes for the local municipal road crew and crop-threshing crews.

How many crimes did Ed Gein have done? 

The authorities suspected that Ed Gein was the last person to meet Bernice Worden after she disappeared from her hardware store. He was then inspected under the police force, which made them find that Bernice’s decapitated corpse was hung upside down with ropes on her wrists and a crossbar at her ankles. It was also concluded that this activity was performed after she was shot with a rifle.

Moreover, while searching for his whole house, they found disgusting items: human facial skin peeled from the skull and used as masks. He also tried to make a women’s suit with human skin. Likewise, he also confessed that he had killed Mary Hogan in 1954. He was found mentally unhealthy from this all interrogation and was sent to the mental health rehabilitation center. After he was declared fit by the doctors in 1968, he was found guilty by Judge Robert H. Gollmar and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Ed Gein’s life left a significant impact on the filmmakers, which led them to make a film based on his life. To name a few, they are ‘In the Light of the Moon’ in 2000 ‘Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield’ in 2007, etc. His way of doing a crime was also named in the new genre called ‘Black Humor.’

When did Ed Gein die?

On 26 July 1984, Ed Gein died of lung cancer when he was 77 years old in Goodland Hall at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

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