Ed Gein

Serial killer Ed Gein was obsessively devoted to his mother, a religious fanatic. After her death, Gein began robbing graves—keeping body parts as trophies, practicing necrophilia, and experimenting with human taxidermy. He then turned to murder, killing at least two women in 1957. Gein inspired film characters Norman Bates (Psycho), Jame Gumb (The Silence of the Lambs) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Obsessively devoted to his mother until her death in 1945, Gein never  left home or dated women. After she died, he became increasingly  deranged and eventually began prowling cemeteries to unearth recently  buried female corpses. He would cut off body parts and keep them as  trophies, returning the corpses seemingly undisturbed to their graves.  In 1954, Ed Gein turned from grave robbing to murder, a task he was less   meticulous about. Police implicated him in the murders of two women in   1957. During the investigations, police learned that he had practiced   necrophilia and experimented with human taxidermy.

Gein was ultimately found guilty of murder by reason of insanity.  He was confined in various criminal psychiatric institutions, including the Central State Hospital in Wisconsin and the Mendota Mental Health Institute, where he died of respiratory and heart failure due to cancer, on July 26, 1984, at age 77. His killings live  on as the infamous inspiration for such film characters as Norman Bates (Psycho), Jame Gumb (The Silence of the Lambs) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). (Source)


Australian special effects company Slaughter FX sells a line of Ed Gein-inspired furniture that looks like it’s made from human flesh and body parts. This one-of-a-kind lounge chair is priced at $1,999.

The detail is remarkable, although I’m not sure how comfortable it would be. Then again, would you really want to sit on a chair made of human remains that costs 2 grand? (Yes, yes, you would.)


When authorities arrived at the home of Ed Gein to question him about the disappearance of Bernice Worden, they could not have prepared themselves for what was to follow. Upon entering the home, they discovered the body of Worden, hanging up by her heels from a pully. She had been beheaded and disembowelled and then strung up and dressed like a hunted animal. After calling for backup, they explored the rest of the house of horrors and discovered soup bowls made from skulls, chairs upholstered in human flesh, lampshades made from skin, a box of noses, a belt made from nipples, a shade pull decorated with lips, a box containing preserved female genitalia, and the faces of nine women that had been dried, stuffed with paper and then mounted on the wall. They also discovered a vest made from female skin, complete with breasts. Ed later confessed that he enjoyed wearing this some nights and would dance around his home pretending to be his own deceased mother.

Serial Killers by Height: 

Charles Manson- 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 meters)

Ed Gein- 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters)

Henry Lee Lucas- 5 feet 9.5 inches (1.76 meters)

John Wayne Gacy- 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters)

Ted Bundy- 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters)

Ottis Toole- 6 feet (1.82 meters)

Jeffery Dahmer- 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters)

Richard Ramirez- 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters)

Edmund Kemper- 6 feet 9 inches (2.1 meters)