Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Psycho (1959) is a suspense novel by Robert Bloch. In November 1957 â€” two years before Psycho was first published â€” Ed Gein was arrested in his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin for the murders of two women. When police searched his home, they found furniture, silverware, and even clothing made of human skin and body parts. Psychiatrists examining him theorized that he was trying to make a woman suit" to wear so he could pretend to be his dead mother, whom neighbors described as a puritan who dominated her son. At the time of Gein''s arrest, Bloch was living 35 miles (56 km) away from Plainfield in Weyauwega. Familiar with the Gein case but not the specific details, Bloch began writing with "the notion that the man next door may be a monster unsuspected even in the gossip-ridden microcosm of small-town life." Bloch was surprised years later when he "discovered how closely the imaginary character I''d created resembled the real Ed Gein both in overt act and apparent motivation." "
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