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The American Killer: Ed Gein

Murder and serial killer activities qualify as wrongful deaths. To build such a case, a wrongful death lawyer can help the victim’s family receive justice and compensation for their loss. 

Ed Gein’s Life

Ed Theodore Gein, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on August 27, 1906, grew up under the tutelage of his pious and authoritarian mother, Augusta. She instilled in Ed and Henry the notions that the world was filled with evil, that women were “vessels of sin,” that drinking was wicked, and that immortality was a gift from the devil. Ed Gein never left his family’s remote farmstead other than to go to school. His peers described him as socially uncomfortable and prone to strange, unexplainable giggling fits. Furthermore, Ed was an easy target for bullies due to his lazy eye and speech handicap.

His Crimes

In 1944, Ed and his brother Henry decided to burn part of the vegetation out of their fields. Their fire quickly became out of control as they were working. And Ed informed the firefighters that Henry had disappeared when they came to put out the fire. Soon, his asphyxiated body was discovered lying on the ground in the fire. It appeared to be a horrible accident at the time.

Police discovered Bernice Worden; a missing shop clerk’s decapitated, gutted body at Gein’s property in November 1957. Authorities found a group of human skulls, equipment, and apparel during their subsequent inquiry, including a suit constructed from body parts and skin. Gein claimed to have uncovered corpses of recently deceased ladies reminiscent of his mother. Gein’s residence contained the remains of ten people, but only two murders were finally connected to him.


The “Butcher of Plainfield” was taken into custody during a police visit to Ed Gein’s home. Gein was taken to the Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane after being deemed mentally incompetent to face trial and given a schizophrenia diagnosis there. Gein was found competent to face problems in 1968 and guilty of killing Bernice Worden. He was never put on trial for the murder of Mary Hogan. Her family should have gotten a wrongful death lawyer to file the case. They reasoned that since Ed was mad, he would be institutionalized for the remainder of his life. He died of complications from cancer in a Wisconsin prison at age 77.


The family of Mary never got justice for her murder. You can hire a wrongful death lawyer from Robert J. DeBry & Associates to get justice for your lost loved ones.

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