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SERIAL KILLER ED GEIN INSPIRED THE LIKES OF MOVIES SUCH AS

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-PSYCHO-TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Though Ed Gein only confessed to two murders and does not fit the typical definition of “serial killer,” his horrific acts have made him the inspiration for countless horror stories, including Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Jame Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs.

Ed Gein lived in Wisconsin with his mother and brother. He was suspected of murdering his brother, but police could not prove it. After his mother died, Gein began visiting the local cemeteries, digging up bodies of middle aged women who he thought resembled his mother, and assembling a “woman suit” out of their skin. He eventually killed two local women, and when police came to his home to investigate they found body parts everywhere.

Police discovered human noses, vulvae, skulls made into bowls, skin masks, human heads in sacks, lamps and chairs upholstered in human flesh, organs in the refrigerator, and a belt made of human nipples.

Gein was arrested in 1957 and spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital after being ruled criminally insane. He died of heart failure and cancer in 1984 at the age of 77.

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