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Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho Paperback – October 1, 1998
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Also recommended: Schechter's books about Albert Fish (Deranged) and Herman Mudgett a.k.a. Dr. H. H. Holmes (Depraved). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author adroitly sums up Gein's family tree in a few pages. Despite what must have been a scarcity of information, Schecter reveals Ed's father as an orphan who went on to a successful career as an alcoholic and pest. The only thing Gein's father accomplished in life was his marriage to Augusta, Eddie's mother and an all around terror.Read more ›
The author writes a cogent, factual account of the life of Ed Gein and the grisly crimes that shocked the nation at the time of their discovery. It details the hold that Ed's domineering mother had on him, a hold that would manifest itself in unimaginable ways. It is almost hard to believe that this small, inoffensive man could be such a madman, but who but a madman would do what he did? Ed Gein, it was discovered, had turned his small farmhouse into a gruesome charnel house, replete with furnishings adorned with human flesh and bones.
Aficionados of true crime will find this book fascinating, as it is a well-written account of one of the most horrifying and bizarre series of crimes ever to be committed. Eight pages of photographs are included in the book and serve to provide the reader with a brief, visual glimpse into the life of Ed Gein, a man with a secret hobby so depraved that it would shock the entire nation when it came to light. Lovers of true crime accounts will be fascinated by this well researched foray into the life of a seemingly innocuous man from America's heartland who ended up being so deviant from the norm.
Schechter begins the story in Gein's bizarre childhood which is noteworthy because of his lazy and abusive father and dominating mother. It is his dominating mother that had the greatest influence on him. She taught him that women were evil. His mother's death left a void in his life that left him longing for her and the saintly image he placed on her. This led Gein to punish women less worthy than his mother to live by killing them. Gein only admitted to killing two people. The body parts that were scattered over his property would indicate more victims. Additionally, Gein believes he has the power to will his mother back to life. While he is unable to bring his mother back from the grave, he does remove many with similarities to his mother from their graves. When Gein's crimes were discovered, little known Plainfield, Wisconsin was forever changed into a tourist attraction for gapers.
Although Gein died largely anonymously in a mental health facility, the stories of his house of horrors prospered. While his story is often obscured in films and other books, Schechter sets the record straight. This is a thoroughly researched, commendable book. It is the best book available on Edward Gein
The details of Eddie's confessions and the quotes from psychiatric reports are very interesting as well. While it may be impossible to fully understand mental illness, this book makes an attempt to explore the workings of a demented mind.
(Note: this book has none of the usual gory photos; for these, see judge Gollmar's book.)
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This book makes me want to sleep with a Caucasian Mountain Shepard and a Rocket Launcher....lol I've been trying for years to try and figure out what makes people so sick. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Tammy
Gave a good look into the life of one of the most famous serial killer to livePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm halfway through this amazing book & can't put it down..I have learned so much more about Gein & this is because Harold Schechter is an amazing author, have other books by him &... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RammsteinMetalHead
This was a good book. Well written. Slow at time with tedious detail that could have been left out but pretty good read. Great detail about Eddie and hid crimes!Published 2 months ago by Jackie B.
The boy is a serial killer because of his mother-are we still in the dark ages of the 1950s? No- the boy is a serial killer because he is a boy! Read morePublished 5 months ago by puffinswan