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Transcript of Ed Gein
Death is in the Air
Mary Hogan & Bernice Worden
It must have been someone pretty cold-blooded.
Obsessive love for his mother drove Gein to slay, rob graves-Crime Scene Photos
On January 16, 1958, a judge declared Gein insane and sent him off to Central State Hospital, at Waupun, Wisconsin. Ten years later, Ed was ordered up for trial, which was held in mid-November 1968. He was judged competent to stand trial. Although considered fit to stand trial, Eddie was found guilty, but criminally insane. He was first committed to the Central State Hospital at Waupon, and then in 1978 he was moved to the Mendota Mental Health Institute where he died in the geriatric ward in 1984, at age seventy-seven. It is said he was always a model prisoner – gentle, polite and discreet. He died of respiratory and heart failure in 1984. He was buried in Plainfield cemetery next to his mother, not far from the graves that he had robbed years earlier.
August 27, 1906- July 26, 1984
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The Ghoul of Plainfield
Ed Gein was born August 27, 1906 in La Crosse County, Wisconsin to an extremely religious mother, Augusta, and an abusive, alcoholic father, George. He had an older brother named Henry. Growing up, his mother, his brother and himself despised his father, but because of their religious beliefs divorce was not an option for Augusta. When Ed was pretty young, Augusta moved her family to a farm right outside of Plainfield, Wisconsin to escape what she thought was a sinful world full of sinful people. The only times Henry and Ed were allowed out of the farm was to attend Roche-a-Cri Grade School where Ed was bullied for his slurred speech and lazy eye. George Gein died of a heart attack and left Henry and Ed alone with Augusta. Their mother would preach about the evils of women and alcohol. She often called them failures and would tell them that they were just like their father.
-Ed Gein about Bernice Worden's disappearance
Mask Ed wore of peeled skin
Bowl he made out of human skull
Mary Hogan was a bartender at a bar that Ed
visited occasionally. She was an older, bigger woman who looked similar to Augusta, but was completely her opposite personality wise. Mary
was described as foul mouthed and trashy by people who knew her. Ed became fascinated
with the stark contrast between the two personalities but similar appearances. Mary
denied all of Ed's advances. The day after Ed asked her out, she disappeared.
While hanging out at the bar with Mary, Ed
closed the blinds and shot her in the forehead
with a .22 caliber gun.
Movies Based off of Ed Gein
Bernice Worden and her son ran a
hardware store. She was also similar
in appearance to Augusta. The day
before her disappearance, Ed had
gone to the store to inquire about
anti-freeze. The next day she went
missing. The cash register was gone,
there was a blood on the floor, and .22
rifle was out of place. The last receipt
was made out for anti-freeze.
Born La Crosse, Wisconsin
Moved and lived in Plainfield, Wisconsin
All killings and grave-robbings occurred in Plainfield, Wisconsin
Was sent to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Wisconsin
Died at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Wisconsin
He was buried in the same cemetery as his mother
Ed Gein showed signs of delusions. He believed that all women were evil, also he would dress in a skin suit that he had made and walk around his house pretending to be his mother. He also expressed signs of severe disorganized behavior; his house was a mess and other people considered him dirty. He would also tend to act inappropriately; when townsfolk discussed where Mary Hogan had disappeared to he would "jokingly" state that she was at his house.
All of the bizarre handicraft that Ed made led to him become a cinema celebrity.
Author Robert Bloch was inspired to write a story about Norman Bates, a character based on Ed, which became the central theme of Albert Hitchcock's classic thriller, Psycho.
In 1974, the classic thriller by Tobe Hooper, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has many things based off of Ed. This movie helped put "Ghastly Gein" back in the spotlight in the mid-1970's.
Eddie also provided more inspiration for another serial killer, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. Buffalo Bill treasured women's skin and wore it like clothing in some insane transvestite ritual
A biographical musical titled "Ed Gein: the Musical" premiered on January 2, 2010 in Menasha, Wisconsin.
On July 26, 1984, Ed died of respiratory and heart failure due to cancer in Good land Hall at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. His grave site in the Plain field cemetery was frequently vandalized throughout the years; souvenir seekers would chip off pieces of his gravestone before the bulk of it was stolen in 2000. His gravestone was then recovered in 2001 and put in a museum in Waushara county.
Schizoid Personality Disorder
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Erik Erikson's psychological stages of development provide examples as to why Ed Gein acted the way he did. In Gein's
through school age his mother affected him negatively. By constantly reminding Ed that he was a failure like his father instilled a permanent sense of
at his sensitive age. In his
stages, when the young adult endures role confusion
intimacy vs. isolation
, is when his mother had the most detrimental impact. Augusta would never let her children have
with others and they lived in an
location. Also, their mother preached the sins of women. By doing this Ed never had any relationship with women, which made his natural feelings towards women and his taught hatred towards them confusing to him.
Gein showed evidence of Schizotypal Personality Disorder as well. He had very extreme religious beliefs. His only close relationship was with his mother. He showed no remorse for what he ha had done. His behaviors were often very odd. He also kept himself isolated from people. He was very interested in shrinking heads and death. He often found and read books about them.
When being questioned by investigators after being arrested, he showed no remorse for killing both women. He didn't see anything wrong with what he had done.