Deviant : The True Story of Ed Gein, the Original 'Psycho', Paperback

Deviant : The True Story of Ed Gein, the Original 'Psycho' Paperback

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Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the very heart and mind of true evil.

Here is the grisly truth of Ed Gein, the killer whose fiendish fantasies inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' - the mild mannered farmhand bound to his dominating mother, driven into a series of gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagining. In chilling detail, DEVIANT explores the incredible career of one of the most twisted madmen in the annals of crime - and how he turned a small Wisconsin farmhouse into his own private playground of ghoulishness and blood.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780671025465



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I normally don't read a lot about "real" serial killers, preferring to stick with the fictional kind, but this book was highly recommended by a friend, and I quickly saw why. For me, the case of Ed Gein was obscure; I knew next to nothing about him before reading this book, even though I have visited the general area in which the events took place (Wisconsin Rapids, and I'm pretty sure that we drove through Plainfield on our way to visit a friend in Neshkoro). Anyway, I'd never really heard of Ed Gein, or at least not enough to form a lasting impression/memory. And now I'm wondering why I hadn't!I really enjoyed Harold Schechter's writing style; he really delves into the facts, scant as they sometimes are, and weaves a story that is both interesting and laced with facts. I had a hard time putting this book down, and I found myself saying "just one more chapter" more times than I can count on two hands. The crimes of Ed Gein are horrific. He served as an inspiration for several fictional serial killers, from Norman Bates to Leatherface to Buffalo Bill. Schechter did a fairly good job of staying away from out and out gore, which I appreciate, although I believe there's a few very disturbing images included (I didn't look through them myself).I'll be picking up Schechter's other books for sure.

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