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Hackl 1 In terms of numbers Ed Gein was not much of a murderer as serial killers go But viewed through the lens of sheer lunatic atrocity he was one of the worstTime-Life Editors 106 Edward Gein was born on August 8 1906 in LaCrosse Wisconsin Gein had a heavy drinking father by the name of George a weak ineffectual brother by the name of Henry who was 5 years older than Ed and a domineering mother known as Augusta nee Loehrke who had no use for sex or men When Gein was 8 they moved to Plainfield in 1912 The two boys did the work around the 160-acre farm but their mother ruled their lives She insisted they remain unmarried and instilled the belief that women would separate the family and betray any love that was there His mother taught them at an early age that sex was a sinful thing Between 1940 and 1945 first his father who was 60 then Henry who was 45 and then his mother who was 64 died Henry died in a marsh fire and his mother suffered a stroke in 1944 Ed took care of her until a second stroke took her life in 1945 leaving him alone for the first time at the age of 39 on a desolate farm that did not have electricity Gein was still emotionally enslaved to the woman that tyrannized his life Gein later recalled his mother as good in every way After his familys deaths Gein could no longer run the farm on his own Gein qualified for a Government subsidy So Gein did odd jobs around the town and for people Ed was known as a handyman He would do peoples chores for money baby sit and play games and go to movies with the kids The town thought of Ed as wierd but harmless Soon Ed sealed off his mothers room to preserve it
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