Bite-Sized Frights: The Real-life Leatherface

The chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface. The unhinged serial killer Norman Bates. The skin suit wearing butcher, Buffalo Bill. It’s hard to believe, but all of these iconic movie murderers were inspired by one real-life killer. The gruesome and ghoulish Ed Gein…

Join us as we explore this true and twisted tale of grave robbing, cannibalism and human skin masks. We hope you’ve got a strong stomach…

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Ed Gein's house on his family's farm in Plainfield, Wisconsin


A lamp fashioned from human flesh, found in Ed Gein's home

Famous horror film villains inspired by Ed Gein - Leatherface, Norman Bates, and Buffalo Bill