How to Talk to Your Kids About Ed Gein

By on December 14, 2017

Kids go to the Plainfield Cemetery to learn about Ed Gein.

There comes a time when you have to sit your kids down and have The Talk. You know, that one awkward conversation every parent dreads. It is inevitable and unavoidable. And no, it’s not about where babies come from. It’s the other conversation, in which your children come up to you unexpectedly one day and say, “Who was Ed Gein?”

Well, before you load the kids up in the Volkswagen for a field trip to Plainfield to learn about ol’ Uncle Eddie and why he wore women’s skin, give this video a watch for some pointers.

From the description:

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ED GEIN is a short 10 minute film by Steve Chappell (CHAP) documenting one day back in 1997 when the family stopped at the PLAINFIELD CEMETERY in Plainfield, WI to teach the kids all about Ed Gein, the guy who inspired Robert Bloch to write the novel PSYCHO which in turn served as the inspiration for such movies as Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.

Notably, this was filmed several years before Ed Gein’s gravestone was stolen, so it can be seen in the video:

Kids learn about Ed Gein at his grave in Plainfield, WI

I hope the follow up will be one of those “Kids react to…” videos about the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.

This was originally shared in the unofficial Cult of Weird fan club.


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    Vic Vile

    December 15, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Here I’m thinking someone was gonna come running out in a skin suit…….. Hmmmm meh.

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    December 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Those kids should be taught not to walk on graves or kick headstones.

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      Kathie Allison

      October 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      A short lesson on respect should have been discussed with the children before the lesson about Ed. Jumping over gravestones and on Graves is just wrong. I was taught that when I was about 5 years old. I have a LOT of family buried in that cemetery. Be respectful…..Always!

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