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Ed Gein was born at the turn of the century into the small farming community of PlainfieldWisconsin Gein lived on his family homestead with a weak ineffectual brother anddomineering mother who taught him from an early age that sex was a sinful thing Eddieran the familys 160-acre farm on the outskirts of Plainfield until his brother Henry died in1944 and his mother in 1945 When she died her son was a thirty-nine-year-old bachelorstill emotionally enslaved to the woman who had tyrannized his life The rest of the househowever soon degenerated into a madmans shambles Weird old Eddie as the local community knew him began to develop a deeplyunhealthy interest in the intimate anatomy of the female body - and interest that was fedby medical encyclopedias books on anatomy pulp horror novels and pornographicmagazines He became particularly interested in the atrocities committed by the Nazisduring the Second World War and the medical experiments performed on Jews in theconcentration camps Soon he graduated on to the real thing by digging up decaying femalecorpses by night in far-flung Wisconsin cemeteries These he would dissect and keep someparts heads sex organs livers hearts and intestines Then he would flay the skin from thebody draping it over a tailors dummy or even wearing it himself to dance and cavortaround the homestead - a practice that apparently gave him intense gratification On otheroccasions Gein took only the body parts that particularly interested him He wasespecially fascinated by the excised female genitalia which he would fondle and playwith sometimes stuffing them into a pair of womens panties which he would then wearGeins fascination with the female body eventually led him to seek out freshersamples His victims usually women of his mothers age included 54-year old Mary Hoganwho disappeared from the tavern she ran in December 1954 and Bernice Worden awoman in her late fifties who ran the local hardware store who disappeared on the 16thNovember 1957 Mrs Wordens son Frank was also
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