This is his story—recounted in fascinating and chilling detail by Harold Schechter , one of the most acclaimed true-crime storytellers of our time. The Paperback of the Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho by Harold Schechter at Barnes & Noble. Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the.

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What made him do schdchter he did seems so clear, so much a fault of outside forces or forces beyond his control — abuse, isolation, mental illness, gender dysphoria, religious fervour, neglect — that I couldn’t and can’t muster anger at Gein for his crimes.

This book goes over the crimes and adjudication of Ed Gein. I never knew he was a short man he stood only 60 inches. 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 deviat human leatherworking.

The Girl in the Leaves. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in America’s heartland, filled with extraordinary evidence of unthinkable depravity. The reporting is still there, but Schechter is quite adept at hiding the reportage under a sneaky tale-telling voice, that schechhter his readers in to the horror he’s conveying and makes us want to reach the mysterious revelation even if we already know the outcome. Salt of the Earth.

Personally, I think they ARE evil acts, horrific and damaging. He, being the first of many killers, has a shock value of no other. America on the Road to Fascism and Bankruptcy. The Haunting of Hill House. Because You Loved Me.

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Movie trailer of ‘Psycho’ Hitchcock really sets the mood: I love all of Schechter’s books but this one is totally my favorite. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. The year was The Serial Killer Files.

Oct 31, Jlsimon rated it really liked it. May 11, Imprint: Books by Schechtwr Schechter.


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 Sadly I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is very shocking and saddening for the victims and families involved, but I was engrossed and read in virtually one sitting which is very unlike me.

This is one of the best true crime books I have ever read. Booklist called his book Depraved a “first-rate true crime and first-rate popular history.

Beyond that, though, I’d say this is probably the book to read if you’re interested in learned about the fascinating story of Ed Gein. It definitely grabbed me from beginning to end. Maybe this book could be appeal to a certain audience, but this is written like a dime store novel instead of an informative exploration into the mind of what is possibly the most notorious killer that this nation has ever seen.

I’ll Be Watching You. If Looks Could Kill. The man behind the massacre was a slight, unassuming Midwesterner with a strange smile—and even stranger attachment to his domineering mother. This is a well written book detailing the happenings that was immortalized in the movie Psycho which was written by another individual from the area. The author does not convey any opinions but those of the people involved. Aug 06, M rated it it was ok. Secrets in the Cellar. Refresh and try again.

Kim Rossmo Limited preview – Schecter comes off schdchter little boring describing Wisconsin and dropping the word “oddball” one too many times, but the people in that area at the time did the same. The Murder of the Century.

“Deviant: True Story of Ed Gein, The Original Psycho “

Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The 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. Dexter in the Dark.


Schechter explai As a result of my interest on famous serial killers, I came across this book. Never mind, gentle reader.

He lived and committed his crimes in Wisconsin and not Texas.

Deviant | Harold Schechter

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. 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.

He is the editor of the Library of America volume, True Crime: What I take away from this, as a former mental health professional, is that Ed Gein was something of a “perfect storm” of innate and genetic schizophrenia, extreme childhood abuse physical schechher mental, but most relevant is the mentalisolation, and suggestibility.

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If you have a sick fascination with serial killers, as do I, this book will be intriguing, addicting, and incredibly creepy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 schecjter school was wicked and stopped him from seeing them.