Most serial killers are psychopaths. They are really frighteningly irrational people, but people who have no human conscience and no capacity for remorse. They also see other human beings as objects that can be manipulated and exploited and used for their own depraved purposes. It is nearly impossible for them to feel any sort of sympathy. Ed Gein raises the question in my mind, “Are monsters born, or are they created?” In this case study, I am going to explain who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s, why’s, and how’s of Edward Theodore Gein.
Edward Gein was born August 27, 1906, in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. He was the younger of two boys. His father, George Gein, was a worthless, good for nothing man who had drinking problems and could not keep
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It remains a mystery if Edward had anything to do with his brother’s death, since he was able to lead the police straight to Henry’s dead body but claims his brother was missing. Some police suspected that Edward did indeed kill Henry, but no charges were filed. Following Henry’s death, Augusta began to feel sick and terribly weak. She eventually suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. Edward stayed at her bedside, comforting her every second he could. Although Augusta’s strong willed and god fearing personality may have added to the ticking time bomb stored inside Edward, he still seemed to love and worship her very deeply. When younger, Edward would sit and listen to his mother preach the Book of Revelations and Proverbs stating that women were whores, tramps, and evil beings out to hurt people. This constant sermon left him terrified of human contact, women in particular. When he was thirty-nine, Augusta suffered her second stroke, leading to her death. Her death, for the first time, left Edward to be completely on his own. Soon thereafter, his psychological problems crossed the line into psychosis, manifesting into this downward spiral that got out of control. All in all, Augusta was his one link of sanity remaining which caused him to turn to his inner fantasies and interests. Suffering from cancer, Edward died of respiratory failure at Mendota on July 26, 1984 at the age of seventy-eight.
Because of Edward’s past, he has been