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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. 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: a slight, Midwestern man with a twisted little smile, a man who had lived for ten years in his own world of murder and depravity. In chilling detail, Deviant explores the incredible 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 see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Deviant , please sign up. How does this book looks? See 1 question about Deviant…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 31, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: true-crime. Harold Schechter is an author with Tourette's Syndrome - consider some of his book titles: Deranged! Now imagine inviting Mr Schechter to dinner View all 8 comments.
May 21, Vicki Willis rated it it was amazing Shelves: z , true-crime. 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.
View 1 comment. Shelves: non-fic , , kindle-baby , own , true-crime. 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 the 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 Massacre 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 the 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. 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 keen 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 it 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 books to the kind of recreations when 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.
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 underhand methods than journalists with integrity - happy to print anything, true or 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 rated it really liked it. I think I dated this guy. 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. I know, gentle reader, all of you know of or have seen these movies or read the fiction novels upon which the movies are based. Few would dream of soiling their intelligence with watching or reading such trash!
It is well-written, the tone is calm and reasoned, and the research is impressive I wish a bibliography had been added though.
It is icky, too. 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. View 2 comments. May 30, Medhat The Book Fanatic rated it really liked it Shelves: short-books , true-crime-serial-killers.
This was one of the most disturbing books that I've read in a while! Deviant is a character-study of Edward 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 Massacre, 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 take a break from true-crime books - Yes, it's that disturbing!
Mar 27, Book Concierge rated it liked it Shelves: concierge , psychology , wisconsin , library , true-crime. The residents of Plainfield Wisconsin were more than a little concerned when the owner of a local tavern disappeared in December
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"
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