I don't know about you guys, but I love the movie Silence of the Lambs. (No, I have not read the book yet. It's on the list.)
If you haven't seen it, it's about a young agent tracking down a serial killer the press has dubbed 'Buffalo Bill'. (Don't know why. Maybe that's in the book.) Anyway, this morning, as I was searching for something to write about in today's Wicked post, I discovered the serial killer that Buffalo Bill was based off.
Curiously enough, they didn't catch Eddie because they were looking for a serial killer. One site says he was being investigated after a robbery at a hardware store. Another says the police went to his place because the hardware store owner had disappeared and Eddie's receipt was the last one she printed before she went missing. :shrug: Whatever way the authorities ended up at his place, once they were there, they got the shock of their lives.
Yep, Eddie Gein was a sick freak. And yes, he was making an outfit out of the skin of his victims (both living at the time of meeting Eddie, and dead - since he was also a grave-robber) - ala Buffalo Bill. Except, instead of a wedding dress, he was supposedly making a woman suit so he could dress up and pretend to be his mom.
Apparently, in addition to being the inspiration for Buffalo Bill, he was also the inspiration for the killer in Psycho, and in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Ed was brought to trial in 1957, but was found incompetent, and shoved into a mental facility. Eleven years later, he apparently got right enough in the head to stand trial for real, and was found guilty of just one murder. (Something about time and costs and I guess, 'what the hell, one murder puts him away for just as long as all the murders'.) But he was also found legally insane and spent the remainder of his life in a place for the criminally whackadoodle. He died there in 1984.
Good, one less sicko freak in the world.
Have you seen Silence of the Lambs? Have you read it? My mother refuses - even though I keep telling her it's not as gruesome as she thinks and probably not as grisly as some of the Bones episodes she watches. (She loves Bones.) What about Psycho or Texas Chainsaw Massacre? I've seen Psycho, of course, but never TCM. I love suspense - Hitchcock was the master of suspense - but I'm not a fan of horror movies.