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Ed Gein

Born: 1906-08-27 - Died: 1984-07-26
Cause of Death:
Cancer


Death Summary: Gein did not receive a death as talked about as the death he surrounded himself with.

He died at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin as a result of respiratory and heart failure in relation to cancer.

Over the years, Gein's tombstone was vandalized repeatedly, and chunks of it were broken off and stolen. Eventually the entire thing was stolen, but in 2001, it was found all the way in Seattle and shipped back to Wisconsin where it now resides in a museum.

Who was Ed Gein : Edward Theodore Gein, commonly known as the Plainfield Ghoul, was one of the most famous (or infamous more appropriately) serial killers in American history.

He did not have the numbers of many of his peers, but his actions inspired more elements of pop culture than probably any other killer.

He inspired horror movie villains Leatherface, Norman Bates (a character brought to the screen by Alfred Hitchcock and played by the late Anthony Perkins), Buffalo Bill from Silence of the lambs, and Ezra from the movie Deranged, which probably told Gein's story more accurately than any of the others. There have even been at least two more direct bio pics about him.

He also inspired a number of songs by different bands such as Slayer (who also wrote one about killer Jeffrey Dahmer), The Misfits (who also had songs about Vampira, Marilyn Monroe, and John and Jackie Kennedy), Blind Melon, and Mudvayne.

Gein was known to have dug up corpses and use their parts as home furnishings and skin masks for himself.

He had lampshades and chair upholstery made of human skin, skulls mounted on bed posts, and a variety of other grotesque ornaments even nastier.
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35 Signatures in Ed Gein's guestbook

  1. Joojoobee Says:

    You have to be one of the sickest people ever. Wow. Glad I never got to meet you. You were how can I put it twisted and we will never understand individuals like you.

  2. louis Says:

    I grew up in Wisconsin and remember camp counselors scaring the crap out of me, with stories of how you were still lurking in the woods, waiting to pop out and slice my throat. I’m sure glad you’re dead!

  3. kendra treu Says:

    i love these movies
    i am completely amazed by his works

  4. robertwynne Says:

    is this the real leather face

  5. Bella Says:

    You were a truly misunderstood individual to have resorted to the things you have done. I believe being bullied/and or being labelled an oddball drives people to commit strange an often heinious acts.

  6. Bella Says:

    You were a truly misunderstood & sad individual.I believe being bullied/and or being labelled an oddball drives people to commit strange and often heinious acts.

  7. jay kay Says:

    with a german name like gein why is anyone surprised,im not,i live in Germany!!

  8. sarah Says:

    ppl just misunderstand u eddie, its not ur fault u grew up that way, nor ur mental condition, but u will always b respected by me

  9. Sabrina Says:

    I am doing a report and presenttaion on you… You were pretty sick… It probably had something to do with your mother… Kendra honey, its cool that you love all the morbid movies, but your amazed by Gein’s work? can I suggest a psychiatrist?

  10. kendra Says:

    i dont need a psychiatrist.

  11. bambi Says:

    vengence is not mine..go to God, forgiveness is there..rest in peace

  12. Ray Says:

    Being “German” has absolutely nothing to do with it! But, if you’re referring to Nazi Germany, there were MANY Germans who were just as disgusted at what happened during Hitler’s reign as the rest of the world… I agree with Bella, Ed Gein obviously had a very strange and sad up bringing, and probably got tormented by kids in school, as well as labeled by neighbors in town. Then ending up alone in that house with no one to keep him company, (or on the straight and narrow…) I’m not defending what he did at all, but it’s easy to see how he ended up like that over time. Given the same situation, I think this could happen to ANYONE given enough time alone and treated the way he was obviously treated. Depending on the individual’s inner strength, some might fight off the inner demons we ALL have longer, but others who aren’t as strong willed might give in sooner. A person who is treated and judged a certain way long enough will give up and finally become the individual people say he is…I think that is exactly what happened to this man.

  13. David Says:

    Marilyn Manson had a band member who named himself “Gidget Gein” after this twisted monster. The whole band picked a female celebrity’s name, like Marilyn from Marilyn Monroe (sp?), and then a gruesome serial killer’s surname for their last name, like Manson as in Charles Manson. They think this funny. I don’t; it disrespects the victims and their families to glorify these monsters in ANY way.

  14. Emily Says:

    My step father knew Ed Gein, and he was a average, everday person until one year when he suffered through numerous deaths of family. Many of his close family members all died within a short period of time. This is what is believed to be the reason for his insanity. Once Gein was caught and put into the mental hopspital, he showed no signs of ever remembering what he did, or what happened.

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  16. ricky Says:

    damn bra bra thats wats up

  17. AnonymousGirl Says:

    Most Serial killers believe it or not ARE or have been at one point in time average every day person that is the illusion that they like to present to others that are not living with the monster inside of them. They want too appear this way to others, It lessens Suspicion of course! But his crimes were gruesome and I couldn’t imagine what was going through any of their minds when they finally met the boogieman.

  18. Cierrah Says:

    I did a report on this Monster.! I got an A+ Haha.!
    Thanx for dieing cuz if you wernt dead. I would have probably had a C- :/

  19. victoria murphy Says:

    what the fuck!, why do a lot of u feel sorry for him? he was a sick weirdo and although i enjoyed the films, i don’t respect his work, the films may be scary but in reality it was much worse for the citizens of the town he lived in. im glad the assholes dead and no I dnt feel sorry for him!

  20. torrence Says:

    im for there

  21. josh Says:

    i would gut him

  22. Luke Says:

    I love ed gein, I think he was very misunderstood, what he did was art, i dont think he should have murdered people, but he didnt hurt anyone by digging up dead bodies and he made some cool stuff!

  23. Steven Brandon Says:

    were you in a psychiatric institute in madison give me same photos for you in there

  24. Steven Brandon Says:

    were you in a institute

  25. shelly Says:

    u r my fukin idol!!! i hope to meet u n hell

  26. omg Says:

    make god have m ”””’on your soul

  27. fuck ed Says:

    WTF is wrong with some of you ppl??? Who did he hurt digging up bodies??? Hmmm maybe the families of those ppl. How can any of you try to justify what this sick fuck did?? You ppl sticking up for him need help and fast before your seen on the 10′o clock news playing fucking copycat!!! Just think for a minute if it were someone in your family how would you feel, would he still be a hero???

  28. Brittany Davis Says:

    Very interesting…the story and all i’m a high school student and i was doing a research project on Ed Gein and he may have been wrong for what he did but, the people who lead him to become that were just as guilty. In my opinion.
    -Brittany-

  29. A Man Says:

    I definately do not praise him for what he did, but I am guilty of being interested in him as an individual. Well serial killers in general. His case is especially strange because he was terrified of actual human beings. Read about this guy and youi will find yourself interested as well I am sure. BUT I will have to agree with fuck ed up there, people shouldnt try to rationalize what this guy did just because he didnt actually murder anyone, hes guilty of an equivalent.

  30. Clara M. Perkio Says:

    I don’t say I approve of what Ed Gein done, but I do believe he was a product of his environment and his life was doomed from the begging.

  31. Adam Says:

    Just the product of a man, who was raised by a crazy mother. No where as bad as some other serial killers though.

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