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Deviant
Deviant | Harold Schechter
The truth behind the twisted crimes that inspired the films Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs... From Americas principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers (The Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nationand redefined the meaning of the word psycho. The year was 1957. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in Americas heartland, filled with extraordinary evidence of unthinkable depravity. The man behind the massacre was a slight, unassuming Midwesterner with a strange smileand even stranger attachment to his domineering mother. After her death and a failed attempt to dig up his mothers body from the local cemetery, Gein turned to other grave robberies and, ultimately, multiple murders. Driven to commit gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagining, Ed Gein remains one of the most deranged minds in the annals of American homicide. This is his storyrecounted in fascinating and chilling detail by Harold Schechter, one of the most acclaimed true-crime storytellers of our time.
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LeahBergen
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Thanks so much, @DinoMom , for this wonderful #AllHallowsReadSwap! I‘m super excited for the tagged book which you selected from my TBR and for your recommended reads, too (you sent me an extra one! 😍). I‘ve read another book by Kim Newman (English Ghost Story) and really liked it. 👍 I love the extra treats, too … especially the monster-heeled socks. 🤣🤣 I‘ll be wearing those today!

Thanks for hosting, @MaleficentBookDragon ! 😘😘

DinoMom Glad you like it. Happy reading and happy Halloween 1mo
TrishB Those socks are awesome! 1mo
FantasyChick I just got the audiobook for Deviant this morning! It's been on my TBR forever. Great picks! 1mo
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TheLudicReader The Ruins is sooooo creepy (and icky) Couldn't put it down 1mo
Hooked_on_books I love those monster socks! 👹 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😳😱that book! 1mo
LeahBergen @DinoMom I love it all! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB aren‘t they? 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @FantasyChick I‘m thinking it might be pretty gruesome! 😬 1mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Yes, it is! I‘ve actually read it before. Eek! 😱 1mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I know! 😮 1mo
kspenmoll Those socks are the best!!!‘ 1mo
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Nicki_K
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A fascinating look into Ed Gein and what led to him becoming one of the most disturbing killers of our time. Not a book for the faint hearted, it gives a very detailed account of just what was found in his home when he was finally suspected of killing one of his victims. It is a very disturbing look into just how depraved he was. What he did with deceased people's bodies will chill even the most seasoned of true crime readers. Unputdownable ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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aperfectmjk
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Giving it 3.5 stars. While it was... let's go with "interesting", for lack of a better word, it was far too redundant in my opinion. I just kept thinking, didn't I just listen to this? Did I rewind this somehow? That aside, I can see why Robert Bloch was inspired to write Psycho from tales of Ed Gein. Then of course the Texas Chainsaw Massacre also spawned from his deeds. A sick man without a doubt.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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aperfectmjk
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Up next! I like a good true crime... let's see if this one lives up. #bookspinbingo

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TorieStorieS
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This true crime read is probably not what #Wisconsin wants to be known for, but Schechter‘s slightly sensational version of Gein‘s crimes makes for a fascinating listen that covers the facts, the rumors and the legacy of Ed Gein. #AudioColoring

Gezemice Beautiful colors! 2y
TorieStorieS @Gezemice Thanks!!! 😊 2y
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adnama82
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Harold Schechter is one of my favorite true crime authors, and this book did not disappoint. I find myself feeling sorry for Ed Gein to an extent. He was a deeply troubled individual who committed heinous acts, but also had a deep, unhealthy and unnatural obsession with his mother. Human nature and behavior is a fascinating thing!

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HatefulGrablin
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One of my true crime favorites, definitely made the work day go faster

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UglyOldBat
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The case that inspired Psycho: Ed Gein, his mother, their house and some grave robbing. As you do

#truecrime #psycho #murderino

Scurvygirl Yes!!! 4y
BethM I read this a long time ago and enjoyed it. We know how to make them in The Midwest 😂 4y
UglyOldBat @Scurvygirl Have you read his other books? 4y
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UglyOldBat @BethM Haha you sure do 😂 Did you know about the case before you read the book? 4y
Scurvygirl @abandonallhope no I haven‘t. Will have to try them. 4y
BethM Yes I live in WI so he and Dahmer go with the territory. 4y
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kristinshafel
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March "madness"? Sick homesickness? Started this yesterday and already had one terrfying, disturbing nightmare. Between being a sucker for #truecrime and this being serious lore from my homestate of Wisconsin, this book is keeping me intrigued and captivated. Definitely NOT for the faint of heart; Norman Bates is positively quaint compared to Ed Gein.

kristinshafel I listened to Psycho right before this. Both are fascinating books, but I have to mention that the discussions of mental illness and the way the term transvestite is used in both books are dated and problematic. Wouldn't fly if published today. 5y
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Hestapleton
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Nauseatingly creepy and completely fascinating. The book's discussion of mental illness is definitely dated, but it gave me some good areas to think for myself. 3/5.

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NatalieR
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I love true crime books. I'm glad I got this one about Ed Gein from a recent #Audible Daily Deal. I didn't know much about him nor that the movie Psycho was based on his crimes. Good narration, too.

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