Ever seen Psycho or Silence of the Lambs? Sadly, the characters from those films are based on a real-life serial killer. Ed Gein grew up in a repressive and isolated household and developed an unhealthy attachment to his mother. From skin suits and bone bowls to his early family life and death, here are 25 Creepy Facts About Serial Killer Ed Gein.
Ed Gein gained notoriety after it was revealed that he had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies from their bones and skin.
Growing up on a rural farm in Wisconsin, Ed's father was an alcoholic who died of heart failure, and his mother turned away any "outsiders" that could influence Ed and his brother.
Classmates recall Ed as having strange mannerisms, like randomly laughing to himself in the back of the room.
Henry, Ed's brother, eventually got married but worried about Ed's attachment to their mother. He mentioned this to Ed several times, but it would cause Ed to be hurt.
On May 16, 1944, Henry and Ed were burning vegetation on the property when the fire got out of control. After the fire was extinguished, Ed reported his brother as missing. Henry was eventually found, but no foul play was suspected. However, it was later determined that Ed had probably killed his brother.
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