Ed Gein

1906 - 1984

Ed Gein

Edward Theodore Gein (; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), also known as the Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul, was an American convicted murderer and body snatcher. Gein's crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety in 1957 after authorities discovered he had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. Gein also confessed to killing two women: tavern owner Mary Hogan in 1954 and hardware store owner Bernice Worden in 1957. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ed Gein has received more than 12,684,497 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 14th most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, Ed Gein ranks 14 out of 182Before him are Gilles de Rais, Ted Bundy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Andrei Chikatilo, Ulrike Meinhof, and Ramón Mercader. After him are Man in the Iron Mask, Abdullah Öcalan, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Albert Fish, Ted Kaczynski, and Carlos the Jackal.

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Among people born in 1906, Ed Gein ranks 21Before him are Roberto Rossellini, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Emmanuel Levinas, Billy Wilder, and Victor Vasarely. After him are Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Hans Asperger, Giuseppe Farina, Léon Degrelle, and Alexey Stakhanov. Among people deceased in 1984, Ed Gein ranks 9Before him are Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, Paul Dirac, François Truffaut, Johnny Weissmuller, and Mikhail Sholokhov. After him are Ray Kroc, Marvin Gaye, Martin Niemöller, Truman Capote, Tigran Petrosian, and Julio Cortázar.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ed Gein ranks 281 out of 12,171Before him are O. J. Simpson (1947), Joe Dassin (1938), Calvin Coolidge (1872), Aretha Franklin (1942), Bruce Springsteen (1949), and Norbert Wiener (1894). After him are Ray Kroc (1902), Napoleon Hill (1883), Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Burt Lancaster (1913), Claude Shannon (1916), and Spencer Tracy (1900).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Ed Gein ranks 5Before him are John Wilkes Booth (1838), Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), and Lee Harvey Oswald (1939). After him are Albert Fish (1870), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Jim Jones (1931), John Wayne Gacy (1942), George Stinney (1929), and H. H. Holmes (1861).