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Ed Gein, The Backyard Boogie Man

Serial killers have seemingly become common today. Society reads about them in the paper, hears their names on the evening news, and even live next door to them. They’ve been around since the beginning, someone has always had the urge to kill. However, there was one man so gruesome and disturbed, that his legend has lived on. “While other slayers have surpassed Gein’s body count, America has never seen his equal in the field of mental aberration” ( Newton, The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers). Perhaps Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put it best when he said “body count is one thing, but tanning hides and such is still beyond the pale” (Interview, March 30, 2004).