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2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 11.10.2017

The wikipedia-article is better

People fascinated with the morbid and gruesome and its impact on society and art can't avoid the life and crimes of Ed Gein and this book gives all the relevant information you seek, but nothing that isn't in the Wikipedia article.

The writing style of the book is remarkably bland, I know its a short biography of a murder and body snatcher and you don't expect or need high literature, but there are limits and it makes for a boring read(/listen). (He said: X, She said: Y, He said: Z etc.)

The reader has no idea of the geography of the places Ed visits, which makes a few parts a bit confusing. (Is his house far away from the nearest village? How many people live nearby?)
The reader doesn't get the background information that he wants, if he even reads a book about the subject: For example: What did he do in the mental hospital for 26 years? What does the (former) staff tell about him?
You never have the feeling the author did any research besides reciting other books written about the case >20 years earlier.

Instead a huge part of the book is simply invented by the author: He invents entire conversations between Ed and his victims, neighbors etc. that he simply cannot know if and how they occurred.
The high point of this "artistic freedom" is a "conversation" Ed has with the corpse of a woman he dug up: The author knows what he said, what he hallucinated the woman answered, how he felt at the moment and even knows how he grabbed her lifeless body.

The reader feels like he's reading a school assignment and the author started way to close to the deadline.

That is not how you write a biography or history.

If you want a well-researched, well-written, morbid tale about the depths of human derangement, get "Vampire: The Richard Chase Murders" by Kevin M. Sullivan instead.

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.10.2015

A Masterpiece

Brilliant, fantastically argued.

Sam Harris is able to say more on 100 pages than some people are on 600.

One hour that will change your view of human nature forever.

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