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051 – Away Game: Ed Gein – The Butcher of Plainfield

Episode 051 – After a long stint of playing at home in Canada, this week we take you to Plainfield, Wisconsin where in the late 1950’s the entire town was shocked to find there was a depraved monster in their midst. Small in stature, shy, but somewhat odd, Ed Gein was the last person townsfolk would peg as a murderer, grave robber and necrophile. Gein’s horrific crimes went on to inspire writers to create some of the most memorable Hollywood villians of all time, namely Norman Bates in Psycho, Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs and more.

** EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: LISTENER DISCRETION STRONGLY ADVISED **

Sources:
Wikpedia’s entry on Ed Gein
Harold Schecter’s book Deviant: The True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Robert Keller’s book Unhinged: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein
Ed Gein’s psychological profile
Articles on Ed Gein’s murders at newspapers.com
Generation Why’s blog post about Georgia Jean Weckler
Jewish Virtual Library article on Bitch of Buchenwald Ilse Koch
Documentarian Errol Morris talks about Ed Gein

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