Ed Gein

  • von Brian Lee Tucker
  • Sprecher: Ron Allan
  • 2 Std. 17 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


There's arguably no one man who's been more inadvertently influential to the horror genre than Mr. Edward Gein. Because of him, authors and screenwriters were inspired to create the following characters: Norman Bates in Psycho, Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. But let's not give Gein too much credit here. After all, he was a murderer who also dug corpses out of graveyards and made trophies and other home-adorning paraphernalia from their bones and flesh. In 1957, the Plainfield, WI, native confessed to a pair of murders, saying that he offed two local women over a three-year span. And when the authorities searched his home, they discovered a treasure trove of horror: human skin covering chairs, bowls made from skulls, four loose noses, the two victims' severed heads in bags, a belt made from female nipples, a lampshade made from a person's face, and 10 women's heads with the tops cut off, amongst other grotesqueries. OK, one more, for good measure: They also found nine vulvae snipped off and placed in a shoe box. Welcome to the real world of Ed Gein, told in his own words.


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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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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 20.11.2015
  • Verlag: Brian Lee Tucker