Bunny Gibbons

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Bunny Gibbons was a funfair owner in the 1950s, based in and around Rockford, Illinois.[1]

"Ed Gein's Ghoul Car"[edit]

Gibbons' fair's most memorable attraction was the car of the infamous murderer Ed Gein. The car was a 1949 Ford sedan and had been used to transport the bodies which Gein had exhumed from local graveyards. Gibbons bought the car in an auction for Gein's estate, held in 1958.[2] Fourteen different bids were placed for the car,[3] yet Gibbons held out and won. Gibbons ended up paying the then-considerable amount of $760.[4] Gibbons called his attraction the "Ed Gein Ghoul Car" and charged fair-goers 25¢ admission to see and have their pictures taken next to the car.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

The car was first displayed in Seymour, Wisconsin in July 1958. In its first two days, the attraction pulled in more than 2,000 visitors. The exhibit was immediately embroiled in controversy, and officials from Mental Health America of Wisconsin fought to close the exhibit. Despite Gibbons's initial delight with the publicity, interest began to fade in the car. While visiting Slinger, Wisconsin, the town sheriff shut down the exhibit. Eventually, the state of Wisconsin banned the exhibit. Gibbons traveled with the fair to Southern Illinois, where he faded into obscurity.[5][unreliable source?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.prairieghosts.com/ed_gein.html
  2. ^ Hintz, Martin (2007). Got Murder?: Shocking True Stories of Wisconsins Notorious Killers. Big Earth Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 1-931599-96-3.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  4. ^ http://www.karisable.com/skazgein.htm
  5. ^ Le magazine du crime