Serial killer Ed Gein was obsessively dedicated to his mom, a religious fanatic. After her departure, Gein started robbing graves—keeping body parts as prizes, practicing necrophilia, and experimenting with human taxidermy. Then he turned to homicide, killing at least two girls in 1957. The son of a fearful alcoholic dad as well as a fanatically religious mother, Gein grew up alongside his older brother, Henry, in a family ruled by his mom’s puritanical sermons in regards to the sins of lust and carnal desire.
Obsessively dedicated to his mother until her passing in 1945, Gein never left house or outdated girls. After she died, he became increasingly deranged and finally started prowling graveyards to unearth lately entombed female corpses. He’d cut off body parts and keep them as prizes, returning the corpses apparently undisturbed with their graves. In 1954, Ed Gein turned from grave robbing to homicide, a job he was less scrupulous about. Authorities implicated him in the murders of two girls in 1957. Throughout the investigations, authorities learned he had practiced necrophilia and experimented with human taxidermy. Gein was finally found guilty of homicide by reason of insanity.