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Ed Gein

Serial Killer and Corpse Collector

Kirsten Seuter

on 28 May 2015

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Ed Gein
Family Life and Repercussions
Beginning of The End
After his mothers death and his soul searching
His Time of Killing
Officially murdered two. Suspected of many more.
Archetype. Not actual serial killer.
Mental Health
Diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Other issues.
Nature Vs Nurture
A combination of both
Genetic predisposition
Mothers fanaticism and violence
Fathers alcoholism and violence
Early childhood abuse
Abuse until mother died
Childhood and Family
Augusta: Mother, Religious fanatic, preached the evilness of all women other than her, domineering, abusive both verbally, physically and mentally, died of stroke in 1945
Henry: Brother, died 1944 while fighting a marsh fire, Ed suspected as possible killer
George: Father, carpenter and tanner, alcoholic, died 1940, Ed suspected
After His Mothers Death
Augusta died in 1945 at the a of 67 due to a stroke
Ed became more and more unstable after her death
Began to unearth female corpses recently buried
Nailed mothers bedroom shut
Terrified of sexuality and gender identity
Attempted to castrate himself multiple times could not offord proper change
Gov Farm Subsidies and Handyman
No children or spouse
About Ed
August 27, 1906
Farming Family from Plainfield, WI
IQ was 99, average
Dropped out of school in 8th grade
Mildly Manipulative (Neighbor Gus)
Gender Identity Issues
Disorganized (felt inferior, unattractive, high risk victims, place of kill, didn't cover tracks, loner, harsh discipline and alcoholism)
Grave Robbing
Moonlight Dancing
Characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by impaired emotional responses, 6 months with symptoms, 1 month of 2 active symptoms
Common symptoms are delusions, such as paranoid beliefs, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking
Symptoms usually begin between ages 16 and 30. It only occurs in about 1% of the general population
10% of schizophrenics also have a relative with the disorder
Those with schizophrenia have a reduced volume of gray matter in the brain, especially in the temporal and frontal lobes
Delusions: Dancing under full moon and wearing nipples will turn them into a female
Had losses of time and periodic hallucinations of him mother, according to some sources
Disorganized thought processes when dealing with others
November 16, 1957
Victim: Bernice Worden
Ed attempted to open a cash register to figure out how it worked
Bernice accused him of stealing
Ed beat her to death for calling him a thief, stole her and the register
He decapitated her and hung her body in the shed next to the register
She had a son, Frank, who was a cop
Suspected Victims
His brother
His father
Two male tourists who had him as a hunting guide
Two unidentified women whose body parts where in the barn and in his furniture and jewelry
Tavern Owners Trepidation
Three Cemeteries
Over ten bodies (including mothers)
Could not remember whether he dug them up or killed them
Used them for his furniture and clothing
Skullcaps as bowls
Nipple belt and mammary vest
Human skin light shades
Hanging mobiles with extra body parts
Danced in moonlight naked expect for nipple belt and sometimes mammary vest
Sex change
Especially effective during a full moon
Gender Identity and Gender Identity Disorder
Wished to transition into a woman
Had mixed feelings because of his mother
He "loved" her
Hated all other women
Wanted to feel close to her
Any therapy
More affordable transition rates
Social Services stepping in
January 16, 1958 accepted into Central State Hospital at Waupun, WI
Was a model prisoner
Died quietly in his sleep in the generic psychiatric ward in 1984
Cashiers Decapitation
December 8, 1954
Victim: Mary Hogan
51 years old and divorced
Shot in her tavern and dragged back to his barn where she was kept alive for weeks
A. A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender, of at least 6 months duration, as manifested by 2* or more of the following indicators: [2, 3, 4]
1. a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (or, in young adolescents, the anticipated secondary sex characteristics) [13, 16]
2. a strong desire to be rid of one’s primary and/or secondary sex characteristics because of a marked incongruence with one’s experienced/expressed gender (or, in young adolescents, a desire to prevent the development of the anticipated secondary sex characteristics) [17]
3. a strong desire for the primary and/or secondary sex characteristics of the other gender
4. a strong desire to be of the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
5. a strong desire to be treated as the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
6. a strong conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
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"Ed Gein." World of Criminal Justice. Gale, 2002. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Jan. 2014.
"Ed Gein." Almanac of Famous People. Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Jan. 2014.
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