Edward Theodore Gein, otherwise known as Ed Gein, is known to commit some of the most gruesome crimes in the history of humanity. He was born to an upper-middle-class family.
His mother was someone you would call a religious fanatic who saw sin everywhere and promoted extremism.
Ed Gein was one of the only two boys in the family, both of which were not allowed to make any friends. Befriending girls was particularly a crime because Augusta, Ed Gein’s mother, taught the boys that girls only promoted sinful inclinations in men.
The family institution was pretty much disturbed as well. Augusta took the family to a farmhouse at Plainfield, where the Ed Gein and the family lived until officers caught his macabre collection of furniture and other things that he made out of the human flesh.
Now let’s look at what twisted him so far beyond the scope of humanity and made him what we would call ‘a monster’.
Ed Gein’s childhood was particularly difficult. His father was an absolute alcoholic who switched jobs throughout his life in order to earn bread and butter for the family.
However, he fell short of it for the most part, and Agusta took over to fulfill the needs of the family.
Agusta ran a good mart and was able to support her family’s expenses in a good manner. She was much idealized by her youngest son Ed Gein – unlike the elder son, who confronted the dominating mother on occasions.
What’s more troublesome about his childhood is that he was prone to bullying, too, due to speech impediment and lazy eyes. In addition, he is remembered by his classmates as socially awkward and sometimes laughed unexplainably.
But the laugh wasn’t like one of us does when we remember something quite funny from a clip or our friend’s silly comebacks. Rather, it was a fit of laughter.
In 1914, Ed Gein and his brother Henry attended Roche-a-Cri school, which was a small one-room premise that entertained 12 students. One of the remarkable things about Ed is that he was an excellent reader.
Furthermore, Ed Gein and the HEnry were disallowed to make any friends in the school. If there were an attempt to violate this rule, then Augusta would take the matter into her own hands and punish Ed.
Then getting bullied at school due to the lazy eye and speech impediment was a plus in Ed’s misery. And what further added to it was the beating that he received from his father for crying after the bullying.
Radford’s document “Edward Theodore Gein” subtitled “American Psycho” reports that Ed Gein’s father beat him in the head till his ears started ringing.
This lets us know that his childhood was much different from his fellows at the school, but the beating he received was also very exceptional from the one that was widely practiced back in the day.
Fast forward to 1920, Ed completed his eighth grade and then dropped out of school. But for him, dropping didn’t necessarily mean stop reading. Hence, he remained an avid reader. Except later in life, the books he read were different from his most recent education.
Thirteen years after Augusta made the boys promise that they would always remain a virgin – Ed Gein’s father George died on the 1st of April 1940 due to Pneumonic fluid on the lungs at the age of 66.
The boys were told that their father went straight to hell and died of his weakness instead.
Ed Gein was 34 years old at the time of his father’s death. The boys began to take odd jobs in order to support the family. The most horrible part about this is that Ed Gein was mostly employed as a babysitter – The two are not a good combination!!!
Fortunately, nothing happened to the babies ever. Rather, Ed loved being with the children. One of the biggest reasons Ed Gein was employed as a babysitter was that the town trusted the boys and their families.
On the 16th of May, 1944, when Ed Gein was 38, his brother Henry died in mysterious circumstances when he was 43 years old. The boys were reportedly fighting a runway fire near their home.
Ed called the police the same day and reported his brother missing. But when the police came, he led them straight to where his brother was lying dead.
It is reported that Henry Gein’s body did not have any marks of burn; hence, he was not touched by the fire. Instead, his head was severely bruised.
Instead of calling up investigations in the case, the police rather dismissed the case completely by reporting the death due to asphyxiation. Much to anyone’s surprise, Augusta was struck by Henry’s death, and she became faint in late 1944.
Ed Gein continued to read after school, as he was good at reading. But, Augusta soon became worried about the books he read. First of all, Ed had no business reading books on head shrinking and grave robbing.
In addition to that, he also had some books on human anatomy on his reading wishlist.
The same year when Ed was still 39 years old, Ed’s mother died of complications which resulted from a second stroke. She was 67 years old at the time of her death. This was the time when the monster really got out from underneath.
For Ed, now was the time to practice his bestiality. But it all began by preserving his mother’s room just as she had left it. Everyone in his family died. His father, then his brother Henry, and now finally Augusta at the age of 67.
However, Ed continued to perform odd jobs to earn just enough to live another month.
But the problem was starting to unfold. His neighbors commented on how bad Ed Gein started to smell. But that was in public. When Ed was home, he preserved all of the rooms in his house except for two.
It seemed like loneliness was driving Ed Gein crazy to the extent where Ed started seeing visions, as he reported. What followed afterward was even more gothic and outside.
Ed Gein soon started visiting the graveyard where his mother was buried. After multiple visits, Ed Gein dug up his own mother’s grave and twisted her head with his head. And then he shrunk it just how he learned by reading the book.
On the 1st of May 1947, an 8-year-old named Georgia Wicker mysteriously went missing, and no traces of his disappearance were found. The only thing (and that led nowhere too) that was found were tire marks of a Ford Truck.
Similarly, multiple people went missing, including the corpses of Eleanor Adams, Victor Travis, Evelyn Hartley, and Mary Hogan. Unlike others, Mary Hogan resembled Augusta, and for Ed, it was eye-catching.
On the 8th of December 1954, Mary Hogan disappeared. However, there were traces this time. There was an empty shell lying next to the blood on the floor.
Those were some solid evidence that drove the police to continue their investigation as the matter was much more serious – based on the evidence found.
However, what proved to be the stepping stone for the investigations was yet another disappearance. On the 16th of November 1957, a woman named Bernice Worden went missing from her store. Luckily, her son was a Deputy named Frank Worden.
When her son, Deputy Frank Worden, and Sherrif Schley reached the store, they found blood on the floor with a .22 caliber rifle missing from the rack. Plus, the cash register was also missing. But soon found a nearby receipt that had written Eddie Gein on it.
Both the Sherrif and DEputy Worden entered Ed’s house through the shed, and the first thing they found out was the hanging corpse of Bernice Worden.
She was beheaded, and her corpse was hanging upside down. Plus, her body was split open from her Vagina all the way to the sternum.
But that wasn’t the only macabre discovery that they made on Ed’s farm. They also found a box of organs and the furniture that was made using the bones and the skins. Plus, skulls were affixed to his bedposts.
There was also a suit that was made using the skin of a woman’s body.
The search on Ed’s 195-acre farm lasted over a week – and it was full of macabre discoveries. Ed didn’t have a choice but to play the fool – and he didn’t.
He confessed to each and everything he did, and everyone was quick to document and preserve it for the centuries to come.
A lot of people might argue that Ed Gein’s family institution was disturbed to the maximum capacity. And there’s no doubt about that.
In the book Serial Killer, the FBI’s Behavioral and Science unit’s discovery about serial killers is mentioned where it says that most of the serial killers had and have one thing in common: the father is no longer part of their family – either by death, unknown, or a mother dominates the family.
But, calling Ed’s family crisis the only reason for his monstrous attitude will be a massive understatement and oversimplification of the matter.
Hence, it seems like it will take us an indefinite amount of time to figure out what occurred to a young man who could have had a good life.
Yes, we need to conduct further studies on the subject, despite the tragedy that has occurred in the past. The problem is that if we don’t learn and improvise, the chances of producing more Ed Gein’s will either remain constant or only increase.