Deviant

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 1998 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The truth behind the twisted crimes that inspired the films Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs...

From "America's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers" (The Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation -- and redefined the meaning of the word "psycho." The year was 1957. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in America's heartland, filled with extraordinary evidence of unthinkable depravity. The man behind the massacre was a slight, unassuming Midwesterner with a strange smile -- and even stranger attachment to his domineering mother. After her death and a failed attempt to dig up his mother's body from the local cemetery, Gein turned to other grave robberies and, ultimately, multiple murders. Driven to commit gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagining, Ed Gein remains one of the most deranged minds in the annals of American homicide. This is his story -- recounted in fascinating and chilling detail by Harold Schechter, one of the most acclaimed true-crime storytellers of our time.

 

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Review: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"

User Review  - David Scott - Goodreads

Harold Schechter is the preeminent true crime writer in the world. (That's my review. It says everything I want to say). Read full review

Review: Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"

User Review  - Dan Sharber - Goodreads

poor crazy eddie gein. what a nightmare this whole thing was! i knew the broad outlines of the story and to be sure it was just as gruesome as i expected. but i did not expect eddie to be such a pitiful character. but man was he messed up!! :( Read full review

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Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, and, with David Everitt, The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. He is also the author of Nevermore and The Hum Bug, the acclaimed historical novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in New York State.

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