The Man That Inspired The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Ed Gein was one of the most creepy serial killers that you can ever come across, and he inspired films such as Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Liam Hall

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Ed Gein — Photo Credit

Ed Gein was a serial killer and grave robber that operated in Wisconsin in the 50s. Also known as the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein murdered at least 2 people and mutilated at least 9 corpses.

On November 16, 1957, Bernice Worden disappeared. Bernice owned the Plainfield Hardware Store, but because of the deer hunting season, not many people came to the hardware store on that day. No one noticed till later that evening that the hardware store cash register was open, and there were bloodstains on the floor.

Ed Gein happened to be the last receipt that Bernice had written out, dated the morning that she went missing. The police arrested Ed at a grocery store, while other officers raided Ed’s farm. What they found horrified even the most seasoned officers and catapulted Ed Gein to infamy.

Infamy was to be the inspiration for horror villains such as Buffalo Bill and Norman Bates and was the inspiration for the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

When the police searched Ed Gein’s property they discovered that Ed had murdered Bernice Worden… her body was discovered in a shed on Ed’s property. She had been decapitated and her body was hung upside down, “dressed out like a deer.” Ed had killed her using a .22 caliber rifle and mutilated her corpse afterward.

Although the grisly discovery of Bernice’s mutilated body shocked investigators, they were far from finished finding the sickening things that Ed Gein did to his victims.

Ed Gein — Photo Credit

Found on Ed Gein’s property were:

  • Human bones and fragments
  • A wastebasket made of human skin
  • Human skin covering several chair seats
  • Skulls on his bedposts
  • Female skulls, some with the tops sawn…

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Liam Hall

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