a poetic Heartº
Ed confessed to the murders of Mary Hogan and Bernice
Wordon. He was then arrested. After ten years in a mental
hospital, he was judged to stand trial. Judge Robert
Gollmar found him guilty, but criminally insane. He was
committed to the Central State Hospital in Waupun,
Wisconsin in December 1957, after a series of
examinations. It was proven that the reasons for his
actions were seen; he loved his mother, but hated her. He
denied being a cannibal or necrophilia, although he
admitted to the grave rubbings.
On January 16th, 1978 he was moved to the Mendota
Mental Institute. Since the farm was now abandoned, the
people of Plainfield took their vengeance out on the
house. Neighbor boys threw rocks at the house. Eventually
the farm was to be auctioned off. The people in the town
seemed to hate the idea. On the morning of March 20th,
1958 firefighters rushed to the farm, but it was too late
to save the house from the blaze. No arrest was ever made
for the arson. When someone told Ed about the fire, He
replied calmly, “just as well.” Some Plainfield residents
insisted that even greater horrors burned along with the
Although the house was now gone, many people still
came to witness the action of the remaining property.
Scrap dealers purchased mush of the rusting machinery. The
land alone was sold to a Sun Prairie Real Estate developed
by Emden Schey. Within months he re-forested the property
with more that 60,000 trees. Ed’s 1949 Ford Sedan sold for
$760 . The buyer was known as Kock Brothers, from
Rothschild, Wisconsin. His real name turned out to be
Bunny Gibbons from Rockford, Illinois. He was an
enterprising carnival side show operator. He commercialed
the car in July 1958 at the Outgame County Fair in
Seymour, Wisconsin. It was displayed under a canvas tent
with a huge sign that said:
SEE THE CAR THAT HAULED THE DEAD FROM THEIR GRAVES!
ED GEINS CRIME CAR.
$1000 IF IT’S NOT TRUE!
There were more than 2,000 people who paid 25cents
to see the car over a two day period. Plainfield residents
were outraged, and Gibbons was closed down. The car has
not been heard of since.
The lab in which the organs and body parts were
placed in received a clearance that they must dispose of
the remains. In June of 1960 a wooden box was constructed
and the remains received a common burial.
While in the hospital, Ed spent most of his time
doing occupational therapy, rug making, and stone
polishing. The head nurse at the institute said, “If all
our patients were like him, we’d have no trouble at all.”
Although others would say that they would feel discomfort
whenever they would find him staring at them. On July
28th, 1984 Gein died of cancer and was buried in the
Plainfield Cemetery next to his mother and only yards from
the graves in which he had robbed thirty years earlier. In
later years someone ironically desecrated the grave.
It was never made certain that Ed only had two
victims, Mary and Bernice. Even though they were the only
two that he was trialed for, it doesn’t explain how
investigators couldn’t match certain body parts that were
found in the house, to the graves that were supposedly dug
up. In the search of the house, there were two fresh
vaginas, that didn’t match the existing cemetery record.
There were other possible victims such as the
disappearance of a man named Travis, and his unnamed mal
companion, they were last seen when they hired Ed to be
their hunting guide. Judge Gollmar suggested that one
likely victim was Evelyn Harley, whom was kidnapped on the
same night that Ed was visiting relatives two blocks from
her home. A trail of blood was found in the family’s
garage after she disappeared. He was never trialed for
these crimes, and they still go unknown.