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Evidence files: Ed Gein’s nipple belt

As visually compelling as it is, this belt will probably not be featured in Vogue’s spring line.

Allegedly pieced together from scavenged cadavers, a photo surfaced on Imgur of serial killer Ed Gein’s nipple belt, though it is also entirely possible that this is a replica. Most of Gein’s murderabilia was destroyed when Plainfield police burned down his house of horrors with all his belongings in 1958. Some items, however, found by police at the time of his arrest were taken as evidence.

Judge Robert H. Gollmar’s book America’s Most Bizarre Murderer: Edward Gein gives provides a list of the items police found in Gein’s house:

  • Whole human bones and fragments
  • A wastebasket made of human skin
  • Human skin covering several chair seats
  • Skulls on his bedposts
  • Female skulls, some with the tops sawed off
  • Bowls made from human skulls
  • A corset made from a female torso skinned from shoulders to waist
  • Leggings made from human leg skin
  • Masks made from the skin from female heads
  • Mary Hogan’s face mask in a paper bag
  • Mary Hogan’s skull in a box
  • Bernice Worden’s entire head in a burlap sack
  • Bernice Worden’s heart in a saucepan on the stove
  • Nine vulvae in a shoe box
  • A young girl’s dress and “the vulvas of two females judged to have been about fifteen years old”
  • A belt made from female human nipples
  • Four noses
  • A pair of lips on a window shade drawstring
  • A lampshade made from the skin of a human face

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