This entry in particular is going to be about Ed Gein’s HISTORY only. I will have more entries about the things that he is most famous for in the next few posts. I figured I would break things up for you guys so the entries aren’t as lengthy, and it is easier to find the information you are looking for. This is my first official entry, so please be kind. That being said, I’m just going to start…
Edward Theodore Gein was born August 27, 1906 in Plainfield, Wisconsin to Augusta and George Gein. They lived on a huge 160 acre farm outside town. Gein and his brother would do odd jobs for the town’s people, and were considered to be hardworking and reliable.
Gein’s father was a seemingly submissive alcoholic. I haven’t really been able to find much on him aside from his name, and the fact that he died in 1940 from heart failure due to alcoholism.
His mother was a god fearing woman. She taught Ed and his brother Henry the same fear of god, that women were evil, and sex was immoral.
His brother Henry died in 1944 while he and Eddie were fighting a forest fire on their farm. I heard from several sources that Henry’s death was kind of strange. It is said that Gein reported his brother missing to police, however, he was able to lead police to the exact location of the body. It is also said that there was bruising on Henry’s body, leading people to believe that he was killed by Gein. The official record placed the blame on the fire, and there was no autopsy performed. I personally, of course, believe this is the first time Ed Gein killed. My belief is there was probably some sort of argument, maybe about their mother and Gein found an opportunity to kill Henry. Maybe Ed wanted his mother to himself, and with his father already out of the picture, Henry was the only thing standing in his way. There are so many possibilities.
Gein and his mother were alone on the farm after the passing of Henry. Augusta had full control over her son, and Gein probably feared her even more than god himself. Augusta suffered 2 stokes, and died of the second in 1945 leaving 39 year old Ed Gein alone in the farm. He sealed off the upstairs portion of the house, and boarded up and preserved his mothers room. i guess it was his weird shrine. he didn’t do anything with the farm land, but instead continued to do odd jobs for the town’s folk.
That is a super basic and vague history of Ed Gein. If you would like me to go into more detail about members of his family, or anything else, you can comment in the comment section, or e-mail me at email@example.com. I am always more than happy to tell you what I know, and if I’m unsure of the answer, I will try my best to find it.