Where is Ed Gein now? | The Truth Behind the Butcher of Plainfield

Ed Gein

What did Ed Gein Gein do? 

Ed Gein was a serial killer who resided in Plainfield, Wisconsin, in the 1950s. He confessed to killing two women, tavern owner Mary Hogan in 1954 and hardware store owner Bernice Worden in 1957. It was believed that he was responsible for many more murders. 

He was also known to dig up graves in the local graveyard, exhuming the corpses and making things out of their skin and bones


What happened during Ed Gein’s childhood and before the murders?

Ed Gein was the second of two boys to be born to Philip and Augusta Gein. His mother was known to be very religious and would often preach to both of her boys. She would tell them that all women were instruments of the devil and read excerpts from the Bible about death and murder. 

They lived on a farm, and Gein only left home to attend school. He spent most of his free time doing chores on the farm. 

On May 16, 1944, Ed was burning away vegetation on the property, when a fire started and the place erupted in flames. Ed reported his older brother missing, and he was later found dead from heart failure, having not been burned from the fire. He had bruises on his head, and it was long suspected that Ed had something to do with his brother’s death. However, it was ruled an accident. 

Augusta had a stroke shortly after her older son’s death, and Ed devoted himself to looking after her. She died on the 29th December, 1945. Ed was devastated by her death and then considered himself truly on his own. 


What happened after Ed Gein was caught? 

Initially, Ed Gein was found unfit to stand trial for the horrific murders he was accused of, and was sent to a mental health institute. But by 1968, he was deemed fit to stand trial and found guilty of one the murders but was found to be legally insane and was sent back to a psychiatric institution. 


Where is Ed Gein now? 

Ed Gein died on the 26th July, 1984, from respiratory failure resulting from lung cancer at Mendota Mental Health Facility. He was buried next to his family in a now unmarked grave.

His horrific story is the focus of a new MGM+ documentary called Psycho: The Lost Tapes of Ed Gein.


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