Transcript of Criminal Profiling - Edward Gein
Criminal Profiling - Edward Gein Criminal Profiling & Its Purpose Ainsworth (2001; p. 7) describes criminal profiling as , "...generally refers to the process of using all the available information about a crime, a crime scene, and a victim in order to compose a profile of the (as yet) unknown perpetrator". Edward Gein Timeline & Background Information -Gein grew up on a 160-acre farm in Plainfield, Wisconsin. Gein's father was an alcoholic and his mother was extremely demanding and controlling. Gein's mother forced the Gein and his brother to preform work on the farm and taught them about sin, emphasizing on the evils of sex and women. Born: August 27, 1906 -Gein's family passed away by 1945 and he was now living alone. He sealed off all but one room and the kitchen of his family's large farmhouse. Gein was very withdrawn and stayed to himself. He spent hours obsessed with his sexual fantasies and reading about the female anatomy. He was also fascinated by the human experiments performed by the Nazi's. Gus, a longtime friend of Gein's, was also a loner. Gein shared his ideas with Gus of the experiments he wanted to perform. The two began robbing graves together for the needed bodies. 1945 1945-1954 -The two stole bodies together for almost 10 years. Gein stole his own mother from her grave. The experiments Gein did with the corpses became more gruesome and bizarre as time progressed, including necrophilia and cannibalism. Gein's obsessive fantasies included a desire to turn himself into a woman. Gein constructed various items out of the human skin that he would drape on himself, including a female mask and breasts. He even made a complete full-body female jumpsuit. 1954 -At this point, Gus was institutionalized and Gein was alone. Gein had a desire to get a sex change, and eventually escalated into believing that he would need fresher bodies. On December 8, 1954, when Gein was 48, he murdered Mary Hogan. Hogan was the owner of a local tavern. Although the he police were initially unable to solve Hogan's disappearance, her blood was found at the tavern. 1957 -In November of 1957, Gein entered the hardware store owned by Bernice Worden. Gein was a frequent customer of the store. It was not consider unusual when Gein removed a .22 rifle from the display rack. Gein loaded the rifle with his own bullet and Gein shot and killed Bernice. He then put her body into the store's truck, returned to get the cash register, then drove the store truck to his house. November 16, 1957 -An investigation was started for Bernice Worden when her son returned to the store and discovered his mother was missing and blood was on the floor of the store. Gein had visited the store a lot in the past week and purchased antifreeze, and therefor the police had reason to locate him. Gein was located by police at a store near his house. Police then went to Gein's farmhouse. The shed was the first area searched. Inside was a woman's naked corpse hanging upside down, the body disemboweled, and the throat and head missing. This body was identified as Bernice Worden. Gein's home, which was filled with piles of junk and garbage, was searched next. The house was found to have many various body parts used as household items and decoration (skulls made into bowls, jewelry made from human skin, lips hanging, chair seats with human skin upholstery, facial skin that was well preserved and resembled masks, a box of vulva's, including his mother's, painted silver). It was determined that the body parts came from at least 15 different women although some parts could never be identified. An officer found Bernice Worden's heart in a pan on the stove. Criminal profiling helps investigators examine evidence from crime scenes and victim and witness reports to develop an offender description. The goal is to infer characteristics of a criminal based on his or her behavior before/during/after the crime. Although it is not an exact science, it can help give investigators leads and narrow down suspects. 1906 - 1984 Creating a criminal profile of Edward Gein Death: July 26, 1984 -Gein was committed to the Waupun State Hospital for the rest of his life. He eventually revealed that his reasons for killing older women stemmed from his love-hate feelings for his mother. He never admitted to his cannibalistic or necrophilia activities. At the age of 78, Gein died of cancer. The Gein house was eventually it was torched by citizens. Criminal profiling involves both inductive and deductive reasoning. Inductive Reasoning Inductive reasoning is when inferences about the criminal are made based on the assumption that criminals will have the same habits in life that they have at the crime scene. Inductive Reasoning & Gein Gein was a mixture of both organized and disorganized crime characteristics.Full transcript
Disorganized: In both of Gein's admitted murders, he left the crime scenes messy. Gein left blood on the floor in Hogan and Worden's murders. In this case, inductive reasoning would be partially correct. Gein's home was found very messy, cluttered, and unkempt. Gein was later declared insane.
Organized: Although his crime scenes left evidence of a murder, Gein is known to have planned Worden's ahead of time. He had frequented the store the week before and asked her son when he would be out of town. Inductive reasoning is partially correct here. Gein was very antisocial and always kept to himself. Organized Crime Scene Inferences: -Premeditated and carefully planned, little evidence
-Antisocial but knows right from wrong, not insane, no remorse Disorganized Crime Scene Inferences -Not planned
-Young, under the influence, mentally ill Note: The next few slides contain graphic images Crime Scene - The Gein House The body of Bernice Worden Gein's mask made out of human skin Human skull bowl Gloves made out of human skin Another view of the female mask Deductive Reasoning Deductive reasoning is conclusions that have been drawn from logic or facts. Deductive Reasoning & Gein There were many bodies found in the Gein house. Gein was the last of his family and he was living alone. Therefor, the artifacts found in his house were his and made by him. The bodies that were identified as missing were murdered by Gein. The bodies of persons that were identified as dead were robbed from their grave. Gein's Threat/Danger Level Before he was a murderer (two known victims), Gein was a grave robber. At this point, his threat level was near zero as his victims were already dead. Once Gein began murdering for bodies, his threat level was still near zero EXCEPT for middle-aged women. Gein's fantasies began with his obsession and love/hate relationship with his mother. He persued bodies that were similar to his mother's. Males were at almost no risk because Gein was obsessed solely with females.
Gein's Threat/Danger Level by Age & Gender (scale of 1-10, 1 being almost nothing and 10 being extreme) Young girls/boys: 1
Teenage girls: 3
Teenage boys: 1
Adult males: 1
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