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‘Silence of the Lambs’ inspiration, original ‘Psycho’ Ed Gein is born

A photograph of a Death's-head hawkmoth
Image: | Above: A photograph of a Death's-head hawkmoth, similar to the moth which featured in the theatrical release poster for The Silence of the Lambs


The inspiration for the most infamous mother in horror history, Augusta Gein gives birth to her beloved Edward on this day. She would raise him with her hellfire warnings of the sins of sex which would effectively neuter him.

With no outlet, his natural sexual desires expressed themselves in ways even the Bible hadn’t thought to forbid....