A notorious murderer and grave robber, Edward Theodore Gein was among the most infamous and at the same time understated criminals in history.
He admitted to killing two women, but in both cases he pled not guilty by reason of insanity. His plea was approved and therefore Ed Gein was deemed unfit for trial. Although not proven, he was suspected of killing (or at least being responsible for the disappearance) of more people.
Ed Gein was born to Augusta and George; fanatically religious mother and an alcoholic father, respectively. He grew up alongside his brother Henry, in a repressive household dominated by his mother and ruled by her puritanical preaching about sins of carnal desire and lust.
His crimes did not really attract the attention of media and general public, partly because the murders took place in a small town of Plainfield, Wisconsin – a place most people have never heard of.
He was quite easily apprehended, but not before he had successfully killed at least two people, Mary Hogan and Bernice Worden, both were women and allegedly resembled his mother.
But murders were not Ed’s only crimes, as he also confessed to digging up corpses for practicing necrophilia and cutting off body parts.
Although relatively unknown at first, Ed’s life and crimes inspired some popular horror books and films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, and Psycho. And behind his tendency to commit savagery, there are some shocking revelations about Ed’s life.
10 Ed Gein Was Once A Babysitter
Following the death of his father at the age of 66 due to excessive drinking, Ed and his brother Henry began looking for some others jobs outside the family farm to help with expenses.
They actually had a good reputation as hard-working handymen in the community, so it wouldn’t be too difficult for them to get hired to do a variety of jobs around the town. In addition to being a handyman, Ed Gein also worked as babysitter. He said that he liked the job and that he related much better to kids than adults.
His father died in 1940, and at that time Ed had not shown any sign of savage personality which he would eventually develop in the following years.
Nobody in the community suspected him of any wrongdoing while he was working in this particular profession. However, it was also around the same time that Henry started to notice Ed’s infatuation with their mother. Some people say Ed did not take it well.