Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Ed Gein

I learned something new yesterday thanks to one of my favorite sick and twisted online comics Cyanide and Happiness. The joke involved a child wanting an Ed Gein costume which ended up being his mother's skin. OK. Who the heck was Ed Gein? Was he the character from "Silence of the Lambs?" Well, the answer was "yes" and "no." A quick check of Wikipedia provided the answer. Ed Gein was an actual person who had a VERY unhealthy relationship with his mother back in the 40's and 50's. When she died he actually wanted to become her, so he robbed graves and tried to sew together a woman suit. He eventually also killed a few women. His home was adorned with women's body parts. Here I thought the Buffalo Bill character from Lambs was so over-the-top and I come to find out that he was based on an actual person. Supposedly Alfred Hitchcock also used him as the template for Norman Bates in "Psycho." There you have it! A real-life Halloween story!
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