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Ed Gein

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein

Profession: Murderer and Body Snatcher

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Gained widespread notoriety for his murders after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin.

Influenced the creation of several fictional killers, including Norman Bates of the movie and novel "Psycho".

Born: August 27, 1906
Birthplace: La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: July 26, 1984 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure due to lung cancer

Historical Events

  • 1957-11-16 American murderer and bodysnatcher Ed Gein kills his last victim
  • 1957-12-25 Ed Gein found not guilty by reason of insanity for a series of murders

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