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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Deviant by Harold Schechter. The year is Photographs would show him across the country: In chilling detail, Deviant explores the dviant career of one of the most twisted madmen in the annals of American crime—and how he turned a small Wisconsin farmhouse into his own private playground of ghoulishness and blood.
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To ask other readers questions about Deviantplease sign up. How does this book looks? See 1 question about Deviant…. Lists with This Book. Jan 31, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: Harold Schechter is an author with Tourette’s Syndrome – consider some of his book titles: Now imagine inviting Mr Schechter to dinner View all 8 comments.
May 21, Vicki Willis rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the kind of book that raises the hair on the back of your neck. A very chilling and gruesome retelling of Ed Gein’s life. Starting back when he was child all the way to his death.
It was horrifying and difficult to put down at the same time. Very engrossing and disturbing because of the effect on the town and society at that time. He, being the first of many killers, has a shock value of no other.
A recommended read for anyone who enjoys this genre.
Mothers, be careful how you raise your boys, especially if you’re an overbearing religious wackjob who thinks the best lesson she can impart is that all women are wanton, wicked and deserve to be punished as this could lead to a host of mental illnesses and some terrifying life choices on the part of your child Ed Gein is infamous as the inspiration behind more than one of our cinematic bogeymen – Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the Lambs ‘ Buffalo Bill being sotry most notable exa Mothers, be careful how you raise your boys, especially if you’re an overbearing religious wackjob who thinks the best lesson she can impart is that all women are wanton, wicked and deserve to be punished as this could lead to a host of mental illnesses and some terrifying life choices on the part of your child Ed Gein is infamous as the inspiration behind more than one of our cinematic bogeymen – Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Stoty and Silence of the Lambs ‘ Buffalo Bill being the most notable examples, but as ever the truth is far stranger, more horrific, shocking and plain insane than fiction could ever hope to be film audiences would reject half eed occurrences within for being too outlandish to be plausible, but unfortunately this is all real.
Raised by the aforementioned mother and a weak-willed, alcoholic and abusive father, Gein was always considered an oddball, meek and polite but completely unequipped to socialise with others early opportunities were halted by Mommy Dearest who, of course, thought that every friend Ed made at school was wicked and stopped him from seeing them.
With his mother being a larger-than-life, almost God-like figure to him, his problems really started to bubble up once she died, leaving Ed alone in the world.
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original “Psycho”
Described as a voyeuristic, schizophrenic, fetishist necrophile and transvestite Gein fixated on women who resemble his mother, although as women who could never be as good as Augusta was, murdering and dismembering them in the most awful manner the accounts of how the last victim was found seriously gave me the heebie-jeebies though he was also a shockign grave-robber, digging up yet more women, and taking body parts home with him.
Collections of human heads turned into masks, chairs made from human skin, and body parts sewn into yet more furniture abounded through Ed’s house of horrors local kids had been telling stories for years of Gein’s shrunken heads, which were written off by their parents as wild imaginations and it is obvious that Gein’s transvestitism went a lot further than most – instead of wearing women’s clothing he much preferred wearing their skin yeesh.
As you can see, the subject matter is fascinating, and more than a little sensational, but shoxking was mostly handled well imparting a fair amount of information in a very readable format. There was one instance as there was in another of Schechter’s books that I’d read where the author presents an ‘inside the mind of the killer’ moment that I could have done without I take exception in true crime sshocking to the kind of recreations shocing no-one could really have known what was going on, and Gein’s constant memory lapses, whether real or fake, made sure he never came clean about what had happened after Mrs Worden’s murder and I would have liked a lot more depth to the psychology angle, as well as more on what was behind the rash of ‘Gein humour’ as the local population struggled to come to terms with what had happened in their midst.
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho Summary & Study Guide
The most successful angle of the book was with regard to the media frenzy that Gein’s crimes inspired, and the antagonistic relationship between the press and police. While a strong believer in press freedom, I also believe that can only be properly achieved when the press that you’re dealing with have ethics, and unfortunately most of the mob of reporters behaved much more like those in trouble recently in the UK for hacking and other various thd methods than journalists with integrity – happy to print anything, true thd not, if it gave good story.
As for just why Ed Gein has had such a lasting impression on our collective psyches, this book doesn’t quite pin it down but gets points for making a decent attempt. Jun 29, Susanne shockinv it really liked it. I think I dated this guy. This was one of the most disturbing books that I’ve read in a while! Deviant is a character-study of Rd Gein, the notorious killer, serial-ghoul, whose crime will always be memorable, mostly for the inspiration that it contributed to the making of Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Tsory, and Silence of the Lambs.
The book was extremely well-written and very graphic that it drove me sick. Regardless of how it made me feel while reading it, I gotta say that I never found myself bored due to the manner This was one of the most disturbing books that I’ve read in a while!
Regardless of how it made me feel while reading it, I gotta say that I never found myself bored due to the manner of how it was written, which is like a novel, and the book ended-up being very interesting. After reading Deviant, I might tue a break from true-crime books – Yes, it’s that disturbing! Thhe Shocking True Story of Ed Gein’ is one of those books almost all of you, my primarily gentle and, sad to say, mostly duplicitous readers, will deny having the stomach to read at all. What does that say about them?
About us, who plunk down billions of dollars to buy books, movies and DVDs with gruesome murders? Never mind, gentle reader.
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
I know, gentle reader, e of you know of or have seen these movies or read the fiction novels upon which the movies are based. Movie trailer of ‘Psycho’ Hitchcock really sets the mood: Few would dream of soiling their intelligence with watching or reading such trash! It is well-written, the tone is calm and reasoned, and gsin research is impressive I wish a bibliography had been added though.
It is icky, too.
Ed Gein – Wikipedia
However, there are no exaggerations other than what newspaper and television journalists made up, which the author graphically describes with barely concealed snickers, well-deserved in my opinion. The actual depravities of Ed Gein are terrible even when described in the factual manner the author is careful to maintain throughout the book.
Only mentally-ill people can easily do necrophiliac stuff like this. Even hardened combat soldiers and toughened police officers get lifelong PTSD if they endure burial duties too often.
Seriously, gentle reader, we need to know and understand that these type of crimes are committed -often- in real life, in every type of family in small towns and in large cities. No place where people exist is immune from ‘evil’ if these acts are evil. Four out of ten people in any room have experienced childhood abuse. Personally, I think they ARE evil acts, horrific and damaging.
Worse, violence and cruelty are often passed down for generations, cracking apart the most normal but vulnerable minds in childhood, passing on the trauma in different ways in adulthood to following generations. We truly are a society which is paying for our sin of not treating mental illness quickly or adequately, before it turns into something monstrous.
And so many of us live in denial of cruelty and evil created by mental illness. In this sense, such evil is the fault of most of us. Hiding your head in a hole in the ground to avoid reality may mean the rest of you will follow, in pieces. The adult crimes which were caused by mental illness enhanced by childhood abuse or poverty is common, gentle reader. I have been touched by such crimes – and I bet you have too, however you may have softened it in your mind, or denied it, or reframed it only happening the one time I direct my childhood anguish into black humor and a fascination with the macabre, still trying to make sense of it all, maybe mixed in with some neurotic OCD, probing over and over like one does with a tongue on an aching tooth.
But I also love reading well-written books like this one, being seduced by its literary language, slightly amused tone, and research. It is a very good book, not only about Ed Gein, but also about the indifference of neighbors, the social circus of media and legal professionals driven by an obviously salacious, but publically only righteous, population of consumers without any true sense of what personal decency and responsibility is, and the benefits of psychiatric care received BEFORE bad trouble starts.
The author does not convey any opinions but those of the people involved. The opinions above are only mine. I recommend this book, but with severe warnings to those still experiencing any flashbacks from any personal traumas. Jan 22, Fishface rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent study of the Midwestern serial killer — the basis of the fictional characters Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates and Leatherface. Also played by Steve Railsback in a biopic, which should tell you a great deal.
Proves that in America, anyone can become a big star if he has a low IQ and very weak personal boundaries. Nov 05, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve always heard about Ed Gein and what he had done but never knew the details.
This book not only gives details but also has little tidbits about other monsters I’d never heard about.
When all is said and done Ed Gein was a sicko genius. Feb 10, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ll never complain reviant my neighbors again! I have to hand it to Harold Schechter. There are few in the true crime genre who can turn spin a creepy yarn the way he can. The reporting is still there, but Schechter is quite adept at hiding tre reportage under a sneaky tale-telling voice, that sucks his readers in to the horror he’s conveying and makes us want to reach the mysterious revelation even if we already know the I have to hand it to Harold Schechter.
The reporting is still there, but Schechter is quite adept at hiding the reportage under a sneaky tale-telling voice, that sucks sotry readers in to the horror he’s conveying and makes us want to reach the mysterious revelation even if we already know the outcome.
Ed Gein, is the prototypical American serial killer. He was the inspiration for Robert Bloch’s now immortal character Norman Bates, and most horror movies owe some debt to the crimes of Ed Gein. His mother’s farm house — where he lived, killed and crafted after her death — was a charnel house of horrors, filled with the victims of his killings, his collection of body snatching bits and pieces, and all of his human leatherworking. Yet somehow Schechter’s Deviant filled me with pity and sorrow rather than horror and revulsion.
Of all the serial killers I have read about, Ed Gein seems shockinb most deserving deiant pity, and Schechter’s Deviant deepened my feelings.