Primarily a grave robber, Ed Gein killed two women and likely would have killed more had he not been caught. Several fictional characters are based upon Gein, including Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Norman Bates from Psycho and Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs.
|The Plainfield Ghoul||2||Male||Caucasian||USA||Territorial||Sexual||1906/08/27 (La Crosse County, WIsconsin, USA)||1984/07/26 (Madison, Wisconsin; Respiratory and heart failure)|
|Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho||Harold Schechter||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Ed Gein -- Psycho!||Paul Anthony Woods||Amazon|
|Biography: Ed Gein||Amazon (DVD)|
|Most Evil: Deadly Desires (Episode 1x06)|
|Most Evil: Psychotic Killers (Episode 1x05)|
|Most Evil: Science of Murder (Episode 1x07)|
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