Edward Gein was a serial killer born in Wisconsin in 1906. He was convicted of murdering two women and confessed to killing two others. He also admitted to grave-robbing and stealing body parts from recently-buried corpses, which he used to create trophies and household objects. Gein’s horrific acts were the basis of several famous works of fiction, including Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He died in 1984 in a mental hospital after spending more than two decades in custody.
Serial killers are individuals who have committed multiple murders over an extended period of time. Unlike other criminals, they typically lack empathy and have a distorted sense of right and wrong. They often experience feelings of power and pleasure when committing acts of violence, and may also take trophies from their victims as a means of recollection. Serial killers are difficult to identify and have a long history of frightening people.