Serial killer. Born Edward Theodore Gein on August 27, 1906 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The son of a timid alcoholic father and a fanatically religious mother, Gein grew up alongside his older brother, Henry, in a household ruled by his mother’s puritanical preachings about the sins of lust and carnal desire.
Obsessively devoted to his mother until her death in 1945, Gein never left home or dated women. After she died, he became increasingly deranged and eventually began prowling cemeteries to unearth recently buried female corpses. He would cut off body parts and keep them as trophies, returning the corpses seemingly undisturbed to their graves. In 1954, Gein turned from grave robbing to murder, a task he was less meticulous about, and was soon caught and arrested.
Gein died in prison in 1984, but his killings live on as the inspiration for such films as Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the Lambs.