Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The case it’s based on

The series of movies and documentaries around the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre are loosely based on Ed Gein, who was also the prototype for Pyscho’s Norman Bates and The Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill. Though Gein didn’t use a chainsaw in the murders, the terrifying weapons had been used in murders before.

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.

Today in Crime History: Ed Gein’s house of horrors burns down

On March 20, 1958, the dilapidated farmhouse in which Gein had slaughtered his victims and adorned himself with the body parts of the dead, burned to the ground destroying most of his belongings. The inspiration for Hollywood’s greatest serial killers, Gein and his crimes are truly the stuff of nightmares.

Necrophiles

A look at necrophiles and famous cases of sexual and non-sexual necrophilia.

Your Daily Creepout: Ed Gein’s skull and human face mask

One of America’s most famous murderers, Ed Gein inspired some of the most famous serial killers in film, including Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. A search of his Plainfield, Wis., property yielded an assortment of human body parts, including a shoe box filled with vulvae, four noses, twelve female heads, a belt made out of nipples and bowls made from human skulls. One of these bowls and a mask made from a human face can be seen here.

Daily Creepout: Ed Gein’s human skin gloves

In 1957, a search of Ed Gein’s Plainfield, Wis., property yielded an assortment of human body parts, including a shoe box filled with vulvae, four noses, twelve female heads, a belt made out of nipples and bowls made from human skulls. A pair of gloves Gein made with human skin can be seen here.

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