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To those interested in the event, read this account by Harold Schechter. I give it all the stars I can. A lot of what's written in this book is conjecture based on Ed Gein's early life. I can't say how much of it is true and how much of it is purely speculation but it made for a riveting read.

Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho" by Harold Schechter

I picked up this book a few days ago and read it in about four or five sittings. It's the first true crime book I've ever read. It portrays the Mad Butcher of Plainfield as a fairly sympathetic character, which is about the only thing it can do when he's the main focus of the story. It's extremely well written and well researched and presents you mostly with facts based on eyewitness testimonies, psychiatric transcripts and transcripts from court hearings all involving the bizarre case around Ed Gein. But I never really read about Ed before I read this book, apart from his Wikipedia article.

This book is very entertaining, though and paints a very interesting picture of a disturbed little man who killed two people and robbed at least nine graves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I am fascinated by serial killers, though Ed Gein wasn't a true "serial killer," he was still an oddball societal outcast who killed two women and did unspeakable things with their corpses in the same way that someone like Jeffrey Dahmer another Wisconsin native would do many years later. It seems like a lot of what went on in Ed's head was influenced by his crazy mother and extreme isolation from society, but if you're reading this review, you probably already knew about all that. In reading this, I felt sorry for Ed, he was dealt a bad hand and did bad things because of it, and I don't think he understood what he was doing was wrong because of the extreme burdens he carried in life from his mother.

If you're interested in freaks of nature, serial killers or societal oddities, check out this book.

Like I said it's extremely well written and well researched and you'll find yourself thinking about it even after you put it down in between sittings. I got this book on Kindle and found myself highlighting a lot of passages in it, sentences that I don't think anybody else highlighted because Kindle tells you when other people have highlighted certain sentences or paragraphs but there was a lot of interesting stuff in here that I wound up highlighting.

Most of the first half of it speculates how Ed spent his days and what his mother was like, something I don't think anyone can know for absolute certain. Then at around the halfway mark it moves into facts based on all sorts of documented evidence.

Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho

I highly recommend this book to fans of the true crime genre, as this is the first true crime book I've read, I have two more I bought physical copies of, "Killer Clown" about John Wayne Gacy and "Zodiac" by Robert Graysmith about the Zodiac killer. But this is definitely a fantastic book that's fantastically written and I say check it out! Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I put off reading the book for a while, because "true crime" is so often as true as "reality TV" is real. I did find that Schechter stuck close to the facts for the most part.

There's a great deal of redundancy in the book. I wish he had named sources more often, early on. There are a couple instances of present-tense fictionalizing early on that don't fit with the past-tense objective voice in the rest of the book. Perhaps if he would have threaded these instances through the rest of the book they would have felt more integral.

I do wish an editor would have tidied up a few things.

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A Darlene becomes an Irene. Sunday, November 24th, in one sentence becomes Sunday, November 23rd in the next. Schechter says Gein is 60 inches tall, when in fact he was 5'7".

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Epigraphs and quotations allude to the old idea of having a strong and independent mother as a leading cause of schizophrenia, without Schechter belying that ridiculous notion. And so on. See all reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now.

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