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Edward Gein Essay

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Edward Theodore Gein was born on August 27, 1906 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The son of an alcoholic father and a very religious mother, Gein grew up alongside his older brother, Henry, in a household ruled by his mother preaching about the sins of carnal desire. With an effeminate demeanor, Ed Gein became a target for bullies. Classmates and teachers brought up mannerisms from the past, such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal jokes. His mother scolded him whenever he tried to make friends, so he never tried anymore because of the pain it caused him. Not being distracted by his social life, he did well in school, mostly in reading. (
His fathers death
After his father died of a heart attack in 1940, the Gein brothers started working at odd jobs to help with expenses. Both brothers were reliable and honest to the community. While both worked as handymen, Ed Gein also babysat for neighbors. He loved babysitting because he related to children better than adults. Henry Gein let his mother's view of the world out of his head and began worrying about his brother’s attachment to her. He spoke ill of her around his brother so that Ed would do the same thing to let the overly obsessive attachment go. (

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His brothers death
On May 16, 1944, a brush fire burned close to the farm, Ed and Henry went out to try and put it out. Gein reported that he and Henry were separated, and as night fell, when the fire was put out. When a search party was organized, Gein led them directly to his missing brother, who lay dead on the ground. The police had concerns about the way the body was lying on the ground when it was discovered. The ground on which Henry Gein lay was untouched by fire, and he had bruises on his head. The police let the possibility of foul play and the county coroner listed asphyxiation as the cause of death, which means they said he suffocated from the smoke and fell to the ground and that’s what caused the bruises. Most people suspected that Ed Gein killed his brother, but no charges were filed against him. (
His mothers death
Gein’s mother had died on December 29, 1945 due to strokes. After his mother’s death, Gein kept the family farm, supporting himself with earnings from little jobs he had done such as babysitting. He boarded up rooms used by his mother, including the upstairs in few spots, downstairs, and living room, leaving them untouched. He lived in a small room next to the kitchen. Due to the small living space Gein began to clutter the little space he wanted to live in.
After she died, he became deranged little by little each day and eventually began evading cemeteries to dig up recent buried...

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