Ed Gein, Wisconsin Murder and Grave Robber

Ed Gein

Ed Gein, the notorious Mad Butcher of Plainfield, robbed graves and murdered two women around his home town of Plainfield, Wisconsin. Living alone in his decrepit farmhouse after his mother died, Gein used the body parts to create a variety of objects, including a skull bowl, a nipple belt, a lampshade made of human skin, and "mammary suit" which he dressed up in to appear like a woman. Gein's final victim was Plainfield hardware store owner Bernice Worden, whom authorities found hanging upside down, gutted and decapitated, in Gein's home on November 16, 1957.

Ed Gein is burried in the family plot beside his brother and mother in the Plainfield Cemetery, surrounded by graves he had looted for his grotesque craft projects.

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