Bernice Worden was a hardwood store owner in Plainfield. On November 16, 1957, she disappeared. Worden’s son, Frank Worden, who was the deputy sheriff, entered the store that evening only to find the cash register open and blood stains on the floor.
A sales receipt in Worden’s name showed that Gein was the last person she had made a receipt out to. Ed Gein was arrested that same evening and the police searched his farm.
When a deputy sheriff from Waushara County searched Gein’s home, they found Worden’s decapitated body. She was hung by her legs, upside down, a crossbar was at her ankles and her wrists were tied with ropes. She had been shot with a .22 caliber rifle and her body had been mutilated.
Upon searching his home further, they noticed that the rooms that his mother used to use were in pristine condition, but the rest of the house was a mess. Piles of furniture and anatomy books were found. Even more shocking was the discovery of human organs that were stored in jars and skulls that were used as bowls.
They found chair seats covered in human skin, a belt made out of nipples, masks made from female corpses, Worden’s heart in a plastic bag in front of his stove, a lampshade made out of the skin of a human face and skulls on the bedposts. Mary Hogan’s skull was kept in a box and her face mask was found in a paper bag.
Gein would wear these human skin masks and woman skin suit, in an attempt to “crawl” into his mother’s skin. Upon questioning, he admitted having made as many as 40 trips to the cemetery and exhumed graves of middle-aged women who had died recently that resembled his mother. He then transported them back home, to skin them. What Gein did was in a way more creepy than the infamous Japanese experiments on human subjects.