Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune - Tuesday November 19, 1957

"Gein Faces Lie Test of Claim Nine Skulls Came From Graves
Slew Plainfield Woman While 'in Daze' He Says
By DION HENDERSON
WAUTOMA (AP)--A diffident little man who admitted in puzzled tones
Monday that he had opened graves over a period of years to collect
human heads and finally butchered a neighbor woman--'while in a
daze-like'--faces a polygraph test of his story.
Edward Gein, a 51 year-old Plainfield bachelor handyman, is scheduled to
go to Madison today for a lie detector test at the state crime laboratory.
He is being held under $10,000 bond for the armed robbery of Mrs.
Bernice Worden last Saturday.
Dist. Atty. Earl Kileen said the filing of a murder charge in the death of
the 58 year-old widow, found hanging like a deer carcass in Gein's
woodshed Saturday night, awaits only a complete sifting of the gruesome
remnants found on his secluded farm about 120 miles northwest of
Milwaukee.
Here are some of the questions the lie detector test may answer:
Did Gein mould hideous death masks from the faces of new-buried dead?
Did he fabricate upholstery for furniture in his cluttered farm house from
human skin?
Did he intend to eat the one victim he admits killing, the one whom he
said, almost apologetically, 'I am not too sure that I killed her.
That is what I can't remember.' Gein said in a question-and-answer
session with Waushara County officers."
"Uhh - Do
you think
maybe I
should
make a movie
about this
character?"

"Maybe I'll
call it
'Psycho',
ya-hey"
" 'Lapsed Into Daze'
A 'daze' he said, came on him when he did such things as dig up
the graves from which he took at least 10 heads.
Once, he said, the daze left him while he was digging in a burial
mound.
I quit then.' he said.
Investigators, who found Mrs. Worden's decapitated corpse,
discovered the heads of four other persons in Gein's house Sunday
and found six more there Monday.  Some were packaged neatly in
plastic bags, others were tossed under furniture.
In a signed statement, Gein said he had not 'collected any for two
or three years.'
Kileen said Gein took him to cemeteries he had visited.
Identities Sought
At Madison last night, Charles Wilson, state crime laboratory
director, said that when all the human segments had been
collected from Gein's farm, technicians would study them in an
effort to identify the victims of the grave robberies.
Gein said he had followed death notices published in the local
newspaper and then opened the graves from 1944 to 1952.  He
indicated that on other occasions he snapped out of his 'daze' and
went home without violating a grave.
In his statement, Gein recalled visiting the Worden hardware store
Saturday morning and paying 99 cents for some antifreeze. He also
remembered transporting Mrs. Worden's body to his farm home.
Asked whether he remembered killing her, he said, 'No, that is
what I can't remember; my memory is a little vague.'
Gein said he did remember hanging the body from its heels in the
shed and butchering it 'because I thought I was dressing out a
deer.'
In the statement he said, 'That is as close as I can remember.  I
was in a regular daze-like and I can't swear to it.'
Mrs. Worden's disappearance was discovered Saturday evening by
her son, Frank, who also found that the last sales slip written by
his mother was for anti-freeze.  He remembered Gein saying in the
store Friday he would return Saturday morning to make the
purchase. "
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