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November 16, 1957: Ed Gein’s Final Act in Plainfield & Cause of Death Explored!

November 16, 1957: Ed Gein's Final Act in Plainfield & Cause of Death Explored!

Ed Gein murdered his final victim, Bernice Worden, on November 16, 1957, in Plainfield, Wisconsin. After being arrested, he confessed to killing two women. However, Ed Gein pleaded to insanity and was immediately sent to a psychiatric facility. Eventually, he died of cancer at the age of 78 in 1984.

Netflix’s Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has been preserved from critics, allegedly so that co-creator Ryan Murphy may maintain the watching experience for those who do not have access to Wikipedia, recent television, or semi-recent history.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, a new Netflix series, is based on Akron, Ohio’s most infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. The infamous serial murderer, who grew up in Ohio’s Bath Township, is the main character in Netflix’s 10-episode series that explores Dahmer’s murders and dismemberments of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

As seen in the series, Jeffrey Dahmer’s father Lionel Dahmer pays a visit to him in jail with a lawyer to discuss the next steps in his trial, and he suggests that Jeffrey plead not guilty due to insanity after the arrest. Lionel explains to Jeffrey that if he pleads insanity, he will not be imprisoned for the rest of his life. Instead, he got admitted to a psychiatric facility. Lionel goes on to detail a situation identical to Jeffrey’s that occurred in 1957. Ed Gein is referenced at this point.

Ed was ruled legally insane after being arrested, and he was immediately sent to a psychiatric facility. Since Jeffrey and Ed’s cases were so similar, Lionel assumed Jeffrey would be declared unsuitable for prison and sent to a psychiatric hospital. November 16, 1957, is a popular date when it comes to Ed Gein’s doings and if you wonder what happened on that day, you’ve come to the right place.

On November 16, 1957, Ed Gein Murdered His Final Victim, Bernice Worden, of Plainfield Wisconsin: What Was His Cause of Death?

On November 16, 1957, famed serial killer Edward/Ed Gein murdered his final victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin. His tomb-robbing, necrophilia, and cannibalism attracted national attention, and he may have influenced the characters of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho and serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.

On that day Gein robbed and killed Bernice Worden, the owner of a small hardware store. Her son, a deputy sheriff, found his mother’s body and became suspicious of Gein, who was thought to be weird. When police searched Gein’s farmhouse, they discovered a terrible scene: organs in the refrigerator, a heart on the stove, and heads turned into soup bowls. Gein had apparently kept numerous organs from his grave digging and murders as mementos and ornamentation and had also decorated chairs with human skin.

On November 7, 1968, Gein’s trial for the murder of Bernice Worden began. His guilt was pretty much a given; what was up for controversy was Gein’s sanity, namely whether or not he realized the wrongfulness of his actions at the time of the incident.

The defense argued that Gein was a slave to his abnormal impulses and was unable to understand the repercussions of his acts. Two specialists testified at the trial that Gein had a severe mental condition that rendered him unable to regulate his behavior and live a law-abiding existence.

Ed Gein was eventually convicted guilty of first-degree murder and then adjudicated criminally ill at the time of the crime. He was never tried for the murder of Mary Hogan because it would have been a waste of taxpayer money to do so given that he would be spending the rest of his life in a mental health facility anyhow.

In 1978, he was returned to Central State Hospital and eventually transferred to the Mendota Mental Health Institute. He died of cancer in 1984, at the age of 78, and was buried next to his mother in Plainfield.

Ed Gein lived in Plainfield, Wisconsin, a small rural hamlet. He lived on the 160-acre family farm with his authoritarian mother and his brother, Henry. The three lived an extremely isolated, beyond dysfunctional existence until Henry died in 1944 (apparently of asphyxiation as a result of a field fire that got out of hand, but it has since been speculated that Ed may have killed him as Henry wasn’t shy about speaking negatively about their mother, whom Ed adored). Ma’ Gein passed away a year later, in 1945.

After his mother’s death, Ed, a 39-year-old bachelor at the time, shuttered his mother’s room, leaving it exactly as it was the day she died. He also blocked off the drawing room and five other upstairs rooms, residing in a small room off the kitchen. Later, he began doing small jobs around town to support himself instead of farming.

Gein developed an obsessive fascination with female anatomy and began researching it in his newfound leisure time. Ed began sneaking into cemeteries at night and taking bodies after gaining a solid knowledge baseline. He favored recently departed women who were around the same age as his mother when she died.

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