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Ed Gein Timeline
Transcript of Ed Gein Timeline
was arrested for his horrible crimes against society
Ed Gein was born August 27, 1906
Ed lost his mother December
29, 1945. At that time it had
been said that Gein "lost his
only friend and one true love.
And he was absolutely alone
in the world."
George Gein died of a heart attack in 1940
Edward Theodore Gein and his older brother, Henry were born to George and Augusta Gein in La Crosse Wisconsin
Gein's father was an alcoholic while his mother was entirely religious. Gein's household was ruled by his mother's preachings about the sins of lust and desire. Gein's mother, Augusta deeply resented his father, George, however she stayed with him because of the family's religious beliefs about divorce.
May 16, 1944, a brush fire
happened on their farm so
the brothers went out to
extinguish it. Supposedly, the
brothers were separated, and
Henry never turned up. Ed
filed a missing persons report
and when the search party
came, Ed led them straight to
Henry's dead body. Some suspect
that Ed killed his brother but
no charges were ever filed.
Shortly after Gein's mother's death, Gein decided that he wanted a sex change. He created a "woman suit" so that he could pretend to be a woman. This practice was described as an "insane transvestite ritual"
November 16, 1957, store owner, Bernice Worden disappeared. Worden's son told the police that Gein had been in the store the night she disappeared. The police searched Gein's property and in doing so they found Worden's decapitated body in the shed. She had been shot with a .22 caliber rifle and mutilated afterwards. Upon searching Gein's house, police found:
Nine masks of human skin
Bowls made from human skulls
Bernice Worden's head in a burlap sack
Organs in the refrigerator
A pair of lips on the drawstring of the window shade
Gein told investigators that between 1947 and 1952 he made as many as 40 night visits to three local graveyards where he exhumed dead bodies when he was in a "trance-like state".
On separate occasions he stole bodies that closely resembled his dead mother and took the bodies home.
November 21, 1958, Ed Gein was put on trial on one count of first degree murder in Waushara County Court. He pled not guilty by reason of insanity. He was sent to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
In 1968, doctors determined that he was sane enough to be put on trial. The trial began on November 14, 1968 until finally, he was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was found to be legally insane, so he spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital.
July 26, 1984, Gein died of respiratory and heart failure due to cancer. His gravesite was frequently vandalized until it was finally stolen altogether in 2000. It was later recovered in 2001.
Coretta Scott King
at the funeral
The story of Ed Gein has had a lasting impact on popular culture and was adapted into a number of movies, including Deranged, In the Light of the Moon, and Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield. Gein influenced such fictional serial killers as Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs).
Since the 1950s, Gein has frequently been exposed in transgressive art or shock rock, usually with no correlation to his life or crimes beyond the shock value of his name.
December 17, 1957, the world got a little more safe
On March 20, 1958, Gein's house burned to the ground when he was being held in detention. When he learned of the incident, he shrugged and said, "just as well".
Gein's car, which he had used to haul the bodies of his victims, was sold in an auction for $760 to a carnie who later charged 25 cents to see it.
Ed Gein biography
image from the movie