Most of the monsters in horror films are pure imagination. Unless the world gets a whole lot more interesting, you’ll probably never have to worry about a vampire trying to suck your blood, or your best friend turning into a werewolf. But there are real monsters in the world, and Ed Gein was one of them. In fact, his crimes were so heinous that a lot of writers and directors who grew up hearing about his murders ended up creating characters based on Ed Gein. Get ready to delve into a world of madness (and a boy’s love for his mother) and take a look at the terrifying characters based on Ed Gein, real life nightmare.There are a lot of interesting aspects to the Ed Gein story, but the two big take aways that most filmmakers seem to use is Gein’s love for his mother and his predilection for wearing his victims' skin like a suit. These two traits have been worked into multiple characters dating as far back as 1960 and as recently as 2012, so it doesn’t look like Gein’s hold on popular culture is going to break any time soon. If there was one silver lining to Ed Gein’s terrible crimes, it’s that he was able to provide fountain of inspiration for people like Tobe Hooper, Rob Zombie, and Alfred Hitchcock, all of whom based some of their most terrifying characters on the very real boogieman of Wisconsin, Ed Gein.
Who Was Ed Gein?
Ed Gein was basically raised to be a serial killer. His mother raised him and his brother away from the general population of Wisconsin and punished Ed whenever he made friends. One of the theories for why he killed women and wore their skin is that his mother convinced him that women were "vessels of sin that cause disease." Ed allegedly killed his brother and hid the remains in the ashes of a peat marsh fire, but after his mother died he really went off the deep end and began to kill women and dress them out as one would a deer.After Ed's arrest, the Plainfield police discovered multiple decapitated heads, a belt made of nipples, a skin apron, a box of noses, and various household items made of human flesh. Supposedly, Ed had even fashioned a curtain pull with a pair of a woman's lips sewed to the pull cord.
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