25 Creepy Facts About Serial Killer Ed Gein

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's mother eventually died, leaving Ed devastated. According to author Harold Schechter, he had "lost his only friend and one true love. And he was absolutely alone in the world."


Ed boarded up the rooms in which his mother had lived and lived in one room next to the house. Around this time, he became interested in death-cult magazines, particularly those involving cannibals or Nazi atrocities.


On the morning of November 16th, 1957, Plainfield Hardware Store owner Bernice Worden disappeared. Her son, the deputy, found blood stains everywhere, and the last receipt was made out to Ed.


Ed was arrested later that day and his farm was searched. Deputies discovered Worden's decapitated body hanging in a shed on Ed's property.


After searching the house, authorities also found bowls made from skulls, masks made from human heads, and other atrocious paraphernalia designed from human body parts.


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