Is Ed Gein a serial killer??

Posted: November 5, 2016 by Simone Young in Current and Active Works, Murder Mysteries
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Who is Ed Gein

Ed Gein is often described as a serial killer by any, while he was one of the sickest and most disturbing killers ever to come to the knowledge of the general public and has been the basis of fictional serial killers Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates and Leather Face because of what he did and what was found in his home when police entered it to find out the extent of his involvement in the disappearance of a local woman.

Verified Victims

Bernice Worden

Mary Hogan

Case Details

November 16th 1957 hardware store owner in Plainfiled Bernice Worden disappeared. Ed Gein was the last customer in the hardware store and the last to see Bernice. Police suspected Gein and when they entered his farm they found Worden’s decapitated body in a shed, hanging upside down with a crossbar at her ankles and ropes at her wrists. She had been shot by a.22 calibre rifle and her body showed post mortem mutilation.

During further searched police were horrified to find a plethora of morbid and strange trinkets.

  • Bones and bone fragments.
  • A wastebasket from human skin.
  • Human leather covering several chair seats.
  • Bed Posts decorated by human skulls.
  • Several female skull with the top sawn off (similar to whats done during an autopsy).
  • Bowls fashioned from human skulls.
  • Corset made from a female torso Skinned from sholders to waist.
  • Human leather leggings.
  • Human leather facemasks (made from a female head).
  • Mary Hogan’s (his other victim) face fashioned into a mask in a paper bag.
  • Bernice Worden’s entire head was in a burlap sack.
  • A plastic bag in front of Gein’s potbellied stove contained Worden’s heart.
  • Nine sets of vulvae hidden in a shoe box.
  • The dress of a young girl and two sets vulvae from two women estimated around fifteen years old.
  • A window shade drawstring sporting a pair of lips.
  • A belt made of human nipples
  • Four noses
  • A lampshade made from human leather created using human face skin.
  • Finger nails from female fingers.

During questioning Gein revealed that during the years between 1947 – 1952  he was taking moonlight trips to the graveyard, digging up recently buried remains and removing the mountain of body parts found in his home. He confessed to robing nine graves, telling the police and told them who digging up two of the graves police found the caskets were empty, one had a crow bar and the other was void of any remains. While checking three other graves the police found evidence revealed Gein would rob the graves before they had been properly filled in, out of the three graves checked one was untouched as he was unable to access the casket but lost his crowbar, one was empty and one had some body parts in it but not the whole body that had been buried.

Following Gein’s mothers death he had began creating a woman suit (hence the correlation between him and both Normal Bates and Buffalo Bill) so that he could be come her.

He denied having sex with the bodies due to the smell of the early stages of decomposition. He also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, tavern owner that had been missing since 1954 but later denied the memory of the details of her death.

He was considering as a suspect in several other unsolved cases in Wisconsin including the 1954 disappearance of La Crosse baby sitter Evelyn Hartley.

Gein’s confession was deemed as inadmissible due to Sheriff Art Schley reportedly shoving Geins head and face into a brick wall.

He was found not guilty of the two murders due to reasons of insanity and was sent to central state hospital (now Dodge correctional institute) then transferred to Mendota state hospital and he was diagnosed as schizophrenic.

He was found able to stand trial in 1968 and during the one week trial he revealed that he had no idea if the murder of Bernice was intentional or accidental and was found guilty of on Bernice’s death.

Gein died of complications due to cancer on July 26th 1984.

There is also speculation that he may have been involved the accidental death of his brother when he was younger.

Conclusion

As Gein has only two verified kills to his name, though he may have killed others but due to lack of evidence this can’t be confirmed, he is not a serial killer, as there is no evidence that both were committed with malice, planning and forethought. They couldn’t even prove if the killing happened accidentally or not, there was no evidence either way. Yes he was a killer, he was a grave robber, and he enjoyed using ‘human leather’ in his house hold and if he hadn’t have been caught soon after Bernice’s disappearance he may have continued to kill but no he wasn’t a serial killer, he wasn’t even close to reaching the kill counts of people such as Bundy, Dahmer, the West’s and so many others.

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