Getty Images Ed Gein. His teachers and classmates at his elementary school recall him being shy but having strange mannerisms, such as bursting out in fits of laughter, apparently at his own internal monologue. His school blamed his mother, who punished him when he tried to make friends. Because of that, for the most part, his childhood was relatively solitary. Aside from penalizing his social life, his mother would confine Ed, and his brother Henry, to their farm. She would often read to them from the Bible, and preach that the world was inherently evil, that all women were prostitutes, and that drinking and immorality were instruments of the devil. The bright lighting in the side ground floor window is part of the illumination for the on-site crime lab. They were burning away marsh vegetation, a common practice, but when the fire got out of hand and spread, the fire department needed to be called. After the firefighters had come and gone, and the fire was dealt with, Ed reported his brother missing. That night, his body was found face down in the marsh, dead from asphyxiation.
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Gein endured a difficult childhood. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother was verbally abusive toward him. Although Gein reported his brother missing to the police, he was able to lead them directly to the burned body when they arrived. In subsequent years, Gein cordoned off the areas of the house that his mother had used most frequently, preserving them as something of a shrine. Gein attracted the attention of the police in , when a hardware store owner named Bernice Worden went missing. Gein had been seen with her shortly before her disappearance, and, when law enforcement officials visited his farm, they found her body.
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His crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin , gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. Gein confessed to killing two women: tavern owner Mary Hogan in , and a Plainfield hardware store owner, Bernice Worden, in Gein was initially found unfit to stand trial and confined to a mental health facility.
On July 26, , Ed Gein , a serial killer infamous for skinning human corpses, dies of complications from cancer in a Wisconsin prison at age Edward Theodore Gein was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on July 27, , to an alcoholic father and domineering mother, who taught her son that women and sex were evil. Gein was raised, along with an older brother, on an isolated farm in Plainfield, Wisconsin.