Just a Boy and his Mother: Ed Gein – Unimommer
So who was Ed Gein and why was he called the Butcher of Plainfield? The perverted relationship that they shared together meant that. Many report that it was the abnormal relationship with his mother that was the cause of Ed's behavior. Augusta Gein is described as an. But imagine what it would be like to be the parent of a serial killer? . Ed Gein had a very unhealthy relationship with his mother growing up.
Grief is incredibly difficult to deal with for psychological healthy people. Ed was out of his depth with his grief and had been isolated for so long that he was on his own with these overwhelming feelings. What was his interest in the female body? Ed was less interested in the female body and more interested in reclaiming his mother. The female body reminded him of his mother and the ultimate reminder of her would be to have a sex change.
Why would someone use human remains to make household items like Ed? He wanted every part of it to be a reminder of his mother and the only way his damaged mind could achieve this was by using the dead remains of females.
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Someone less isolated might have found a mother figure in someone else; Ed could not do this. Ed claims not to remember killing Beatrice Worden or Mary Hogan. Why should this be? Can such acts be blocked out by the mind? Whether this is the case with Ed remains unknown, but given the infrequency of the murders one in and another init is possible.
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Indeed, as far as serial killers go, Ed had no clear pattern in terms of the murders. He was a model prison inmate, and actually seemed happy to be incarcerated. A prison inmate was exactly what Ed was to his mother. By being incarcerated, Ed is again in familiar territory, with very strict rules and regulations.
Gein was a violent father. He frequently abused his two sons Henry and Edward and was constantly drunk and often unemployed. Augusta supported her family through the grocery store that she ran. Apart from school, the Gein brothers were not allowed to leave the farm. They spent their time doing chores and working the land.
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Augusta kept her boys in line by reading them passages from the Old Testament of the Bible, usually passages dealing with murder, immorality, forgiveness, retribution and the fact that all women sweet, loving Mother Gein, of course, tactfully excluded from this mire of immorality and filth were sluts, prostitutes and whores. Constantly abused by their parents, the two Gein brothers became silent, introverted and mentally unbalanced.
Edward was often picked on in school because of his strange behaviour which included bouts of random and totally unexplained laughter. InGeorge Gein died from a heart-attack.
Because of the necessity for money, Augusta gave her sons a limited degree of extra freedom, which they used to become handymen, helping out around the village. Ed occasionally did some babysitting for the local villagers while Henry helped in various labourer-type jobs around Plainfield.
It was at this time that Henry started getting detatched from his mother, wanting to leave the farm and make his own way in life. He feared the connection that Edward and mother had with each other and considered it unnatural. The story goes that Edward and Henry got separated as night fell. The Butcher of Plainfield The death of his beloved, abusive and highly-controlling mother was the last straw for Ed.
The perverted relationship that they shared together meant that, despite everything she had done, Gein missed his mother. He started expressing a desire for a sex-change operation…which never happened…and he also tried to remember his mother in other, more macabre ways.
Still living in the house which he had barely left since he was a boy, Gein closed off the upstairs living quarters as well as the downstairs parlour…rooms which his mother frequently used…and retreated into the kitchen and a small room adjacent to it.
The Gein farmhouse was so primative that even by now in the late s, it was probably one of the very few dwellings in or near Plainview that did not have electricity in it. The only lighting was provided by candles, oil lamps or sunlight in the daytime. As the years progressed, Gein developed an interest in darker subjects such as taxidermy and death-cults.
He shot and killed two Plainfield women, Bernice Worden and Mary Hogan, because they resembled and reminded him of his mother, whom he missed so dearly, and whom he wanted back with him again.
These bodies were variously butchered, skinned and dismembered for various purposes over the next few years.
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Arrest and Trial In a small town like Plainfield Wisconsin, news spreads fast. The deaths of Mary Hogan, a local tavern-owner, and Bernice Worden, owner of the Plainfield hardware store prompted swift police-action.
Investigators questioned, requestioned, examined and cross-examined every single person in town.