The Best Bad Guys: "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues"

Apr 4, 2014

Generations of movie audiences have thrilled to the gory exploits of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." 

Credit Prometheus Books

But many of the moviegoers may be unaware that Norman was based on Wisconsin's Ed Gein, who treated women even more poorly than the fictional Mr. Bates.

Gein is just one of the many characters profiled in Paul Martin's book Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem.