The Life and Crimes of Ed Gein Reimagined as a Novel
Ma was stubborn. We’d stood at her grave until our knees locked and neck ached for a week from all the concentrating and focusing our powers on her cold body. She refused to rise. The woman next plot over was appealing, though. We’d felt something. Maybe the ground was softer there, now that we recall.
The story of Ed Gein’s tragic life and horrific crimes have been numerous times over in countless true crime books, documentaries, music, movies, and television. But what author Frank Ladd for his debut novel is doing is different. Ladd is breathing new life into the lives that Gein affected and the horrors that shaped a damaged man into the Butcher of Plainfield.
You can read snippets of Ladd’s research and work in progress on his Instagram account @therealedgein.
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One swing to the nose, that’s how Pa split a skull. He worked as a tanner in La Crosse before he drank himself out of the job. Every animal carried brain enough to tan its own skin, he told us. But that was pig, hung from the ceiling of the shed behind our store. We were eight. Ma elbow deep in its belly, the wet of blood on her apron soaked to the swell of her breasts. At her feet the entrails. Pa sat on a bench scooping dull meat. #edwardgein #edgein #butcher #plainfield #plainfieldwisconsin #truecrime #firstdraft #mysterynovel
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