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Ed Gein

1906 - 1984

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Edward Theodore Gein (; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), also known as the Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul, was an American murderer and body snatcher. Gein's crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety in 1957 after authorities discovered that he had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ed Gein has received more than 19,434,071 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Ed Gein is the 17th most popular extremist (down from 13th in 2019), the 365th most popular biography from United States (down from 294th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Extremist.

Ed Gein is most famous for his crimes. He was a serial killer and necrophile. He would often dig up the bodies of recently buried women and use their skin to make masks, belts, and other objects.

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Among extremists, Ed Gein ranks 17 out of 209Before him are Gilles de Rais, Ted Kaczynski, Andrei Chikatilo, Ramón Mercader, Abdullah Öcalan, and Zodiac Killer. After him are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Albert Fish, Ulrike Meinhof, Charles Ponzi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and John Wayne Gacy.

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Among people born in 1906, Ed Gein ranks 28Before him are Ernst Ruska, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Henri Charrière, Hermann Fegelein, and Giuseppe Farina. After him are Léon Degrelle, Soichiro Honda, Hassan al-Banna, Hans Asperger, Alexey Stakhanov, and Léopold Sédar Senghor. Among people deceased in 1984, Ed Gein ranks 12Before him are Paul Dirac, Johnny Weissmuller, Martin Niemöller, Ray Kroc, Mikhail Sholokhov, and Truman Capote. After him are Alfred Kastler, Julio Cortázar, Tigran Petrosian, Mohamed Naguib, Stanley Milgram, and Dmitry Ustinov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ed Gein ranks 365 out of 18,182Before him are Robert Johnson (1911), Jefferson Davis (1808), Hugh Hefner (1926), Zodiac Killer (1940), Herbert A. Simon (1916), and Mickey Rourke (1952). After him are Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Calvin Klein (1942), J. P. Morgan (1837), Paulette Goddard (1910), Faye Dunaway (1941), and Rock Hudson (1925).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Ed Gein ranks 7Before him are John Wilkes Booth (1838), Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ted Kaczynski (1942), and Zodiac Killer (1940). After him are Albert Fish (1870), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Jim Jones (1931), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), H. H. Holmes (1861), and William Kemmler (1860).