Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Reportedly labeled as the real life version of Buffalo Bill from Silence Of The Lambs, Norman Bates from Psycho, and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ed Gein was known to wear the skin of his victims in an effort to possibly change his body image. Noted as an eccentric, Gein not only wore his victims, but used their skins to cover lamp shades, various kitchen utensils and other home furnishings. As a small child, Gein fell madly in love with his mother and after her death, was deeply depressed and distraught at the thought of never loving another woman again. Among other strange incidents, Gein was an avid grave robber and killed two local women in 1957. After his arrest, Gein was charged with only one murder and spent his remaining years in a mental health facility due to his guilty but insane plea. He died in 1986 of respiratory complications.