What Happened To Ed Gein's Murder House?

The words "Ed Gein's murder house" are admittedly hideous, and possibly liable to make your soul vomit into its own mouth a little bit. They're also awkwardly redundant. His "murder house" was just his house. It's the same way that your "breathing lungs" are just your lungs or "black licorice" is just an abomination. Though, in defense of black licorice, its unforgivable flavor will never be as abominable as what Ed Gein did in his house.

Gein grew up in that home, and it was there that he went from being an abused and bullied child, to being a grave robber, corpse defiler, and murderer. He was a walking, waking nightmare that inspired movie killers who somehow seem less implausible than Gein's behavior. Even Silence of the Lambs antagonist Buffalo Bill would probably hose himself off again and again, after hearing about what went on in Gein's home. His crimes were unthinkable, and unspeakable, but not un-writable.

No pain, no Gein

As recounted by A&E, when police searched Ed Gein's Plainview, Wisconsin home, they found "a carcass hanging by its heels from a rafter" in a summer kitchen. Initially, their brains couldn't or perhaps even wouldn't register that they were looking at a decapitated woman. That body once belonged to an unfortunate soul named Bernice Worden, a hardware store owner, whom Gein fatally shot. Things only got worse from there. As they navigated Gein's home, officers discovered furniture made with human skin, a torso turned into a vest, a table whose legs were human shin bones, human skulls fashioned into soup bones, and other horrors. Many of these grisly creations were fashioned from stolen body parts he obtained by robbing graves ... but not all of them. In addition to murdering Bernice Worden, Gein confessed to killing tavern owner Nary Hogan because he deemed her large enough to turn into a skin suit.

You might expect that this house would've ended up becoming a sideshow that got treated like a main attraction, perhaps turned into a museum featuring twisted, bizarre things. In fact, Roadside America writes that an entrepreneur planned to turn it into an attraction called "the House of Horrors." However, in 1958, Gein's home went up in flames.