Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods


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

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.

Daily Creepout: Dr. Carl Tanzler’s Dead Girlfriend

In 1931, Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos, a beautiful young Cuban immigrant, died of tuberculosis. Dr. Tanzler, one of the doctors that cared for her, had become infatuated with her. More than two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos’ body from its tomb and brought it home, where in an effort to preserve her beauty, he covered her in a coat of wax and plaster and inserted glass eyes into her decomposed face.

Accused of Necrophilia, ‘Skeleton Lady’ Wants Bones Back

A 37-year-old woman on trial in a Swedish court for necrophilia and other related charges after police found over 100 human skeletal remains in her apartment has petitioned the court for the return of her macabre collection, claiming that she has done nothing wrong.

Swedish Woman Arrested for Necrophilia

A Swedish woman, 37, was arrested in September 2012 for "violating the peace of the dead." According to Prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffas, the suspect used the bones of a virtually complete human skeleton found in her apartment in an "unethical" manner: As sex toys.

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