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Ed Gein

Forensics Project

Marinna M

on 28 January 2013

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Ed Gein Ed Gein's beginning... Born on August 27, 1906, Ed Gein came into an overwhelming childhood. His father George Gein, was an abusive alcoholic towards the whole family. Because of her religious views, Ed's mother Augusta would not divorce George. This led to her placing abuse on Ed and his brother, Henry, by forcing her religious views upon them. Over time... Fantasies... Gein stayed to himself.
No one knew that he spent hours obsessed with sexual fantasy and reading about the female anatomy.
The human experiments performed in Nazi camps also fascinated him.
His mind filled with images of sex and dismemberment and as the mental images merged into one, Ed would reach gratification. Gus, another loner, was a longtime friend Gein.
Gein told Gus of experiments he wanted to perform but he needed bodies.
Together the two began robbing graves for the needed bodies. The kill! Suspicions... Precursors?
Augusta moved to this desolate location to prevent outsiders from influencing her sons. Gein only left the premises to go to school and Augusta blocked any attempt he made to pursue friendships. Besides school, he spent most of his time doing chores on the farm. Augusta, who was a fanatical Lutheran, drummed into her boys the innate immorality of the world, the evil of drink and the belief that all women (herself excluded) were prostitutes and whores. According to Augusta, the only acceptable form of sex was for biological reproduction/procreation. She reserved time every afternoon to read to them from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses from the Old Testament dealing with death, murder and divine retribution. Ed's eye developed a growth, which others took advantage of to tease him during school. He developed poor social skills, but did well in school. Teachers and students recall Ed randomly laughing to himself, along with other odd mannerisms. In March 1944, the brothers were caught in the middle of a brush fire on property they owned in a neighboring county. Ed had told the police that he lost sight of his brother during all the confusion, but he led them directly to his brother’s corpse. Although there was evidence Henry had suffered blunt trauma to his head, the local county coroner decided he died of asphyxiation while fighting the fire.
Gein now lived with his mother and less than two years later, on December 29, 1945, Augusta died from a series of strokes. Gein was now alone ("grief-stricken") on the isolated farmstead. Confession Gein eventually admitted under questioning that he would dig up the graves of recently buried middle-aged women he thought resembled his mother and take the bodies home, where he tanned their skin to make his macabre possessions. One writer describes Gein’s practice of putting on the tanned skins of women as an “insane transvestite ritual”. Gein denied having sex with the bodies he exhumed, explaining, “They smelled too bad.” During interrogation, Gein also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, who had been missing since 1954. This same scenario went on for more than 10 years. This included removing Gein's mother from her grave. The experiments with the corpses became more gruesome and bizarre over time and included necrophilia and cannibalism. Gein's obsessive fantasies centralize on his over-powering desire to turn himself into a woman. He would construct items out of the skin of the body that he could then drape on himself such as a female mask and breasts. He even made a complete body-sized female-like jumpsuit. Gein's needs escalated into believing to perfect his desired sex change he would need fresher bodies. On December 8, 1954, Gein, now age 48, killed Mary Hogan, owner of a local tavern. The disappearance was strange unable to solve. Gus was institutionalized before the killing began. Only Gein knew for sure how many he women he killed. On November 16, 1957, Gein entered the hardware store owned by Bernice Worden. Gein had been to this same store hundreds of times and Bernice had no reason to fear him. She likely thought nothing when Gein removed a .22 rifle from the display rack. Gein shot the rifle and killed Bernice, placed her body into the store's truck, returned to get the cash register, then drove the store truck to his home. First kill: Second kill: Worden (Bernice Worden's son) thought about any suspicious activity that he could recall, ad thus recalling that Gein had been in and out of the store the previous week and also at closing time the night before. He remembered Gein saying he'd be back in the morning for antifreeze and that Gein questioned Worden about going hunting the next day. Although Gein had never been involved in any known criminal activity, the sheriff felt it was time to pay the odd loner a visit. Police found in Ed's shed Worden’s corpse. She had been decapitated, and hung upside down by means of ropes at her wrists and a crossbar at her ankles. Most horribly, the body’s trunk was empty, the ribcage split and the body “dressed out” a deer. These mutilations had been performed postmortem. The search... In the house, authorities found: Human skulls mounted upon the corner posts of his bed

Human skin fashioned into a lampshade and used to upholster chair seats

Human skullcaps, apparently in use as soup bowls

A human heart (it is disputed where the heart was found; the deputies’ reports all claim that the heart was in a saucepan on the stove,
with some crime scene photographers claiming it was in a paper bag)

The head of Mary Hogan, a local tavern owner, found in a paper bag

A ceiling light pull consisting of human lips

A “mammary vest” crafted from the skin of a woman’s torso

A belt made from several human nipples, among many other such grisly objects

Socks made from human flesh
Plainfield police officer Art Schley physically assaulted Gein during questioning by banging Gein’s head and face into a brick wall; because of this, Gein’s initial confession was ruled inadmissible. Found mentally incompetent and thus unfit to stand trial at the time of his arrest...
Sent to the Central State Hospital (now the Dodge Correctional Institution) in Waupun, Wisconsin...
This hospital was converted into a prison and Gein was transferred to Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin ...
In 1968, Gein’s doctors determined he was sane enough to stand trial...
He was found not guilty by reason of insanity by judge Robert H. Gollmar...
He spent the rest of his life in the hospital. In the end... On July 26, 1984, Ed Gein died of respiratory and heart failure due to cancer in Goodland Hall at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. His gravesite in the Plainfield cemetery was frequently vandalized over the years; souvenir seekers would chip off pieces of his gravestone before the bulk of it was stolen in 2000. The gravestone was recovered in June 2001 near Seattle and is presently displayed in a Wautoma, Wisconsin museum. http://www.wisconsinsickness.com/ed-gein/


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