ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Notorious killer, necrophile and human-remains-trophy-maker Ed Gein has inspired several iconic horror movie murderers, including The Silence of the Lambs's Jame Gumb and even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface...

The real story of Ed Gein, however, is more frightening than anything from the realm of fiction. The small town of Plainfield, Wisconsin – all pictures courtesy of the intrepid explorers at Cult of Weird – still holds the unsettling legacy of Ed Gein's perverse deeds. For those with a taste for the macabre, here's a quick guide to your Ed Gein field trip...

Worden’s Hardware Store

Ed Gein's murder victim Bernice Worden ran Plainfield's hardware store - until she went missing November 16th, 1957. Gein gave away packages of 'venison' - although he never went deer hunting - around the same time...

Mary Hogan’s Tavern

Mary's Tavern may have been converted into a residential building, but the chill of the place still whispers on the wind. The tavern was where Ed Gein abducted owner Mary Hogan, inspiring this creepy poster from Mondo.

Gein Farmstead

The farmhouse where Ed Gein dismembered and defiled the bodies of the living and the dead may have long been demolished, but the accursed ground may still hide terrible secrets...

Plainfield Cemetery

Ed Gein was buried in the local cemetery, where his bones still lie. He now lies in an unmarked grave - his headstone was stolen in 2000, possibly by a fan who loved real life horror memorabilia a little too much.

If you choose to take a trip into the macabre, please be respectful of local residents!

Source: Youtube, Cult of Weird, Mondo


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