Unsurprisingly, Killer Ed Gein Had A Really Messed Up Childhood

In 1957, Plainfield police arrested Edward Theodore Gein, 51, for the murder of Bernice Worden. In searching his remote Wisconsin farmhouse, investigators discovered Gein had collected body parts from graves - to which he used to create lamps, clothes, and human masks. Authorities also uncovered the severed head of Mary Hogan, who had been missing for three years. Gein confessed to the murders, but the courts deemed him unfit to stand trial due to mental insanity. The courts then confined Gein to psychiatric institutions. He didn’t stand trial for the murders until 1968. After his conviction, Gein returned to the psychiatric facility. 

Although Wisconsin authorities only charged Gein with two murders, the circumstances surrounding Gein’s childhood and later crimes created the portrait of a prolific killer. Gein served as inspiration for the murderers depicted in such defining horror films as Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre