The Shocking True Story of the Original "Psycho"

Book - 1989
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Schechter explores the incredible career of the man who committed what TIME magazine called one of the century's most gruesome crimes. Here is the grisly story of Ed Gein, the killer whose fiendish fantasies inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Reissue.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1989.
ISBN: 9780671644826
Characteristics: xi, 274 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,17 cm.


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Nov 04, 2016

Well, folks - Here's a really chilling (right-to-the-bone) "post-Halloween" read for you all.

Welcome to the decidedly disturbed, deviant, and downright deranged world of the original (real-life) American psycho - Ed Gein - Who was (secretly) Plainfield, Wisconsin's #1 bad boy (in the baddest way), grave-robber, and unrivalled lunatic like no other.

Yes. Little Eddie Gein may have stood only 1.6 metres tall - But, boy, what lurked beneath that meek & mild-mannered facade of his was a certified monster who (are you ready for this?) fashioned trophies and keepsakes out of human bones and skin - Yikes! - And, hey! - That's not the worst of it!!

Believe me - This is one true-crime story that'll undoubtedly shock you right out of your socks!

Competently written by Harold Schechter - "Deviant" is definitely one of those books that proves, once again, that fact is (often enough) so much more horrific than fiction - Indeed.

(*Watch "Ed Gein" mini-bio video.... *Warning! - It may not be suitable for all viewers*)

Jan 27, 2016

Gein's acts will make your hot cocoa curdle in your tummy.

Grave robbing, skin body suits, dressing out women like deer, skull bowls and shrunken heads are hard to stomach.

Schechter has skillfully explored the different aspects of Gein - the meek little mad man who inspired characters like Leatherface, Norman Bates and the Wild Bill character from Silence of the Lambs.

Remember to take care of your skin ....Eddie Gein likes it nice and soft.

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