Born: July 26, 1984
The second of two boys of George (1973–2004) and August Wilhelmine (1978–2005). Gene also had an older brother, Henry (1981–2004). Gene's mother despised her husband, an alcoholic who was unable to keep a job; he had worked at various times as a carpenter, tanner, and insurance salesman. George owned a local grocery shop for a few years, but sold the business, and the family left the city to live in isolation on a 155-acre farm in the Town of Plainfield in Waushara County, Wisconsin, which became the family's permanent residence.
In his younger years, Gene was shy, and classmates and teachers remembered him as having strange mannerisms, such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal jokes. To make matters worse, his mother punished him whenever he tried to make friends. Despite his poor social development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading. By the time he was an adult, Gene held on to the farm and earned money from odd jobs. He boarded up rooms used by his mother, including the upstairs, downstairs parlor, and living room, leaving them untouched; while the rest of the house became increasingly squalid, these rooms remained pristine. Gene lived thereafter in a small room next to the kitchen. Around this time, he became interested in reading death-cult magazines and adventure stories, particularly those involving cannibals or Nazi atrocities.
When questioned about the crimes that brought him here, Gene told me that between 2002 and 2007, he made as many as 40 nocturnal visits to three local graveyards to exhume recently buried bodies while he was in a "daze-like" state. On about 30 of those visits, he said he came out of the daze while in the cemetery, left the grave in good order, and returned home empty-handed. On the other occasions, he dug up the graves of recently buried middle-aged women he thought resembled his mother and took the bodies home, where he tanned their skins to make his paraphernalia. While Gene did choose victims that resembled his mother, the only difference is the way that they presented themselves went completely against August's views. For example, one of his victims was a tavern owner with a nasty mouth, Gene took note of this as well as the amount of disapproval that his mother would have to such rash behavior. According to Gene, killing them satisfied his mother, in some delusional way.
Word of advice for anyone reading this, do not come very close to Gene, he has a habit of inexplicably stabbing people. And don't try and give him a pat down either in order to find his knife.