Ed Gein House
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Ed Gein’s House
Plainfield, Wisconsin

Meet Ed Gein, the killer who inspired the serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs and Norman Bates from Psycho. After the disappearance of hardware store owner Bernice Worden, local authorities discovered that Gein had been loitering near the shop just before she vanished. Following the lead, sheriff Arthur Schley searched Gein's farmhouse and discovered a death farm. The mutilated bodies of Bernice Worden (1957) and tavern owner Mary Hogan (1954) were found, as well as the remains of countless bodies that Gein exhumed from local cemeteries to create disturbing paraphernalia. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1968 and sentenced to life in a mental hospital. Gein's house was scheduled for auction in 1958 but the property was destroyed in a mystery fire three days before it was to be sold.
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