Rare 8mm Footage of Ed Gein’s House After the Fire in 1958

The remains of Ed Gein’s house on March 30th, 1958 during the auction of his property

Ed Gein’s property and possessions were auctioned off on March 30, 1958 just months after his arrest following the grisly discovery of human remains scattered throughout his family’s old farmhouse where he lived in isolation.

The house itself mysteriously burned to the ground before the auction, but the land, outbuildings, and everything inside them was still up for grabs. Some notable purchases include the car Gein used to transport bodies from the graves he exhumed, which was billed as ED GEIN’S GHOUL CAR and exhibit for some time at county fairs around the state until it vanished, and a cauldron Gein may have used to hold the guts of his victims.

This incredible 8mm home film posted to Youtube shows rare footage of the crowd gathered on the Gein property outside of Plainfield, as well as the pile of ash that used to be the house.

The video begins with footage of the poster’s father plowing snow with a tractor but auction begins at about the two minute mark.

Watch it here:


  1. I assume this was the most exciting thing to happen in Waushara County ’till the Mt. Morris Dam burst in the summer of 1995! (p.s….hope that singer kept her day job)

  2. Jennifer Cardwell October 3, 2019 Reply

    Great time capsule! The music is too much. Very spooky, all the families you know are there just to get a first-hand look.

  3. Megan Dorsch October 3, 2019 Reply

    NO MUSIC…Probably a great song but does not fit at all. Yikes to the editor.

  4. Susan Adkins October 2, 2019 Reply

    The music, Jesus God no

    • Brian Treece October 2, 2019 Reply

      Well it was rather lame. The music while evidence of the time, did nothing to improve the film. Lack of an auctioneer and bidders bidding really made a film to avoid. The film has no substance.

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