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Inspired By A Real Killer! Discover The Shocking Truth Behind 'Psycho' Blockbuster

Psycho The Shocking Truth Ed Gein
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Jun. 8 2017, Updated 3:44 p.m. ET

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Everybody remembers Norman Bates, the crazed cross-dressing killer from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho. But few know about the real-life killer that inspired the classic character — until now.

Ed Gein was a Wisconsin farm hand who robbed graves and fashioned costumes from the bodies of the women he dug up before turning to murdering his own victims.

But Geins proved to be even more twisted than his deranged fictional copycat, starting with first murder victim, Mary Hogan, whom he had stalked obsessively.

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The Shocking Truth features archival material from Alfred Hitchcock, crime scene photos and a new interview with one of the few people still alive who knew Ed Gein, the serial killer behind it all.

Psycho: The Shocking Truth, airs Friday June 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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