THREE HORROR KILLERS BASED OFF THE SAME TRUE STORY – The only thing more scary than a horror movie, is a horror movie based on a true story. Alfred Hitchcocks, character from Psycho, Norman Bates, made audiences cautious of checking into motel stops. The Silence of the Lambs, Buffalo Bill (Jame Gumb), made every woman clutch her pepper spray a little tighter when walking through empty parking lots at night. Breaking down on a road trip became every travelers worst fear and deterred teenagers from that cross country trip, thanks to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s, Leather Face (Thomas Hewitt).
These characters haunt the minds of audiences everywhere, after witnessing their gruesome, brutality on-screen. What audiences don’t know is that these classic horror, butchers all stem from the same real world serial killer named, Edward Gein (The Butcher of Plainfield). Unlike these on-screen mad men, Gein was neither a giant, or young and handsome. He was a short, timid, mama’s boy. He was the son of a bible thumping mother (Augusta Gein) and alcoholic father (George Gein). His father was absent a lot during his youth and his mother had moved them to a sheltered part of Wisconsin to make a living as farmers. Edward Gein’s mother was a strict woman, who taught him to stay away from loose women and discouraged him from making friends with anyone. Mrs. Gein’s puritanical preachings during Edward Gein’s adolescence has been thought to have forced him to seclude himself in the dark recesses of his mind and created his obsession with his mother. It wasn’t until Gein’s mother died, that he became the person that inspired these malicious villains. Gein sealed up his mothers room in the farm house they lived in and made it into a creepy shrine that held her rotting corpse. He would make trips to the graveyard, robbing graves and keeping body parts from the women he unearthed. He would perform necrophilia and experimented with human taxidermy on the carcases.
In 1954 his bizarre and disgusting fetish turned from the dead to the living, when he met a woman that resembled his mother, but with a more promiscuous attitude, named Mary Hogan. He would shoot Mary in the head with a pistol and bring her back to the house of horror, to dissect her like a dead animal. The serial killer had a penchant for human skin.
When a second woman disappeared, Bernice Worden, mother of Deputy Sheriff Frank Worden, Gein became the number one suspect. Deputy Worden searched the shed of the Gein home and found Bernice Worden strung up with a meet hook, disemboweled, with the throat and head missing. Further inspection of the home led to the discovery of ten different women’s body parts that were constructed and formed into household items. There were skulls made into bowls, skin lamps, bone jewlery, human upholstered furniture, and facial skin made into masks. Gein was thought to have most likely used the skin to fashion himself outfits that resembled his mother, expressing his love-hate for her. It was never confirmed that Gein was a cannibal, but the strangest part of the discovery was Beatrice Worden’s heart on the stove in the house. The psychopath, loner was found guilty of murder by reason of insanity and sentenced to mental institutions until his death in 1984.
Although, Gein didn’t use a chainsaw, knife, or put bugs in his victims, it’s evident that the horror legends were inspired by the events that happened around Plainfield, Wisconsin in the home of Edward Gein. Each one of the horror legends uses a piece of Gein’s story to build their characters. Leather Face adopted the taxidermy trophies of people and the flesh mask, Norman Bates mimic’s the obsession Gein had for his mother, and Buffalo Bill tailors skin suits from female victims, to fulfill a desire to be a woman, just as Gein’s did. The truth behind the mask has been revealed and we see that these killing machines were in multiple ways manifestations of a real killer. Everyone be cautious of men that have an entirely too close relationship with their mother, or you could be the next horror movie inspiration. Check out the photos from the Edward Gein crime scene along with pictures from the three movies based off of his murders.
- Ed Gein.Biography
Edward Gein (The Plainsfield Butcher) and Crime Scene Photos:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Leather Face:
Psycho – Norman Bates:
The Silence of the Lambs – Buffalo Bill