How much of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on the real life murderer Ed Gein?
He worshipped his mother, and grew upset when his brother Henry criticized her. On May 16, 1944, while fighting a brush fire near the farm, Eddie and Henry split up and went in different directions. After the fire had been extinguished, Eddie grew concerned because his brother had not returned. When police arrived Eddie lead them directly to his "missing" brother Henry, who was lying dead in an area untouched by the fire with bruises on his head. The shy and seemingly harmless Eddie was quickly dismissed as a suspect, and the coroner listed asphyxiation as the cause of death. -crimelibrary.com
Plainfield, Wisconsin - Ed Gein's House
Ed's house was burned to the ground on March 27, 1957, shortly after he was arrested. It was reportedly burned because an entrepreneur planned to open it as a tourist attraction called "The House Of Horrors."
Plainfield, Wisconsin - Serial Killer Ed Gein's Grave
There is a chain link gate and many "No Trespassing" signs. His gravestone is still gone, but people have left artificial flowers in place of the headstone.
The hometown of the infamous butcher of Plainfield. The grave robbing cannibal was the inspiration for Psycho, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs. Plainfield, Wisconsin is where his home once stood.
(Serial Killer Ed Gein's Hometown and Grave: Plainfield, WI Directions: Just off highway 39 in the middle of Wisconson, west of Appleton. When leaving highway drive east into town, cemetery is on the 5th Avenue, 2nd right once off the highway. His house was on the other side of the highway in the farming area on the left side of the highway. Archer Street and 2nd I believe, just off Archer, there are NO TRESPASSING signs on almost every tree on his property that line Archer. His driveway is overgrown and blocked by a chain with a wooden sign that reads "Fischer." )
Plainfield, Wisconsin - Ed Gein's Gravestone Rescued, But Will It Ever Be Seen Again?
The stolen tombstone of Ed Gein, perhaps America's most "beloved" grave robber, murderer, and cannibal, has been brought home to Plainfield, WI. Last June it mysteriously disappeared from Gein's grave in Plainfield Cemetery.
The police aren't sure what to do with it.
"We could put it back in the cemetery, but it would only get stolen again," said Waushara County Sheriff Patrick Fox in an interview with the Stevens Point Journal.
The Waushara County Historical Society wants to display it in the old jail museum in downtown Wautoma, a town not far from Plainfield. Gein was held in the jail briefly after his grisly crimes came to light. The police haven't yet decided the stone's fate, but if past experience with politically incorrect memorabilia is any guide, it may take up permanent residence in an unmarked closet or basement.
Gein, described often as a mild-tempered farmhand, murdered women and robbed the graves of others in the Plainfield area more than 50 years ago. His ghoulish souvenirs -- carefully preserved human body parts, some meant to be worn as clothing -- were found strewn about his farmhouse near Plainfield.
He served as the model for the Norman Bates character in "Psycho," and Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
Police expected to find Gein's tombstone for sale on eBay. Instead, they discovered it in Seattle, WA, in the hands of the promoter of the band Angry White Males, who was selling rubbings of the stone for $50 each on his web site.
The promoter claimed that his tombstone was a reproduction, but it was covered with the same Satanic symbols and obscenities as the missing stone, and it had the same chips taken out of it by years of irrepressible Gein fans. Interest in Gein has never waned, frustrating Plainfield's residents, who want the town to be associated with more pleasent subjects. The town has even formed a committee, Positive Plainfield, to do just that.
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