Ed Gein

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.

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
The Plainfield Ghoul2MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual1906/08/27 (La Crosse County, WIsconsin, USA)1984/07/26 (Madison, Wisconsin; Respiratory and heart failure)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original PsychoHarold SchechterAmazon, Kindle eBook
Ed Gein -- Psycho!Paul Anthony WoodsAmazon
OutcryHarold SchechterAmazon

Videography

TitleSources
Biography: Ed GeinAmazon (DVD)
Most Evil: Deadly Desires (Episode 1x06)
Most Evil: Psychotic Killers (Episode 1x05)
Most Evil: Science of Murder (Episode 1x07)

Blog Posts

Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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