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

By Harold Schechter

Recognized for meticulously researched and brilliantly specific money owed of terrible real crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers contained in the very middle and brain of real evil. here's the grisly fact of Ed Gein, the killer whose fiendish fantasies encouraged Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' - the gentle mannered farmhand certain to his dominating mom, pushed right into a sequence of grotesque and weird acts past all imagining. In chilling element, DEVIANT explores the significant occupation of 1 of the main twisted madmen within the annals of crime - and the way he became a small Wisconsin farmhouse into his personal deepest playground of ghoulishness and blood.

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His partner in crime had been Margaret Matthews, the daughter of a sword-maker from Lavenham. She had died a year earlier, having retired on her ill-gotten gains. Dick Turpin himself made occasional forays into Suffolk, the rich pickings from travellers to the Newmarket racetrack making the county an attractive proposition. Old coaching inns, like the Bell Inn in Kennett, claim to have been regular stopping-off points for Turpin and other highwaymen, although records supporting this are scarce.

On Sunday, 12 January 1777, he attempted to rob the Norwich stagecoach, one and a half miles outside Newmarket on the road to Barton Mills. He was armed with only an iron candlestick, but managed to stop the coach. Unfortunately for him, one of the passengers took exception to the highwayman’s approach and shot at him. Walker dug his spurs into his horse and attempted to make off, but rode only a few yards before falling to the ground. He was picked up and carried to the Red Lion Inn in Newmarket where he died an hour later.

From here the two men said their goodbyes and headed off back to London. Their night’s work went undetected. Cooper was delighted to receive the cadaver and wasted no time in getting it onto the dissecting table. It was almost eighteen years to the day that he had first operated on William Cowles and he was thrilled to see that his earlier surgery had resulted in the growth of new blood vessels which had kept the Suffolk gardener healthy for the remaining years of his life. So pleased was he with his work that he had Cowles’s dissected leg mounted for display: it can still be seen at Guy’s Hospital.

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