44. Jame Gumb

Jame Gumb-also called as The Buffalo Bill-was the main antagonist in the 1988 novel Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris.

Gumb murders over weight women so that he make a “woman’s suit” from their skins! Gumb considers himself to be a transsexual but he is too disturbed to qualify for the sex reassignment surgery.

Gumb is abandoned by his alcoholic prostitute mother and lives in foster homes from the age of two years till he is adopted by his grand parents at the age of ten. He kills his grand parents just for the thrill of the kill, when he is just 12!

Later his modus operandi becomes this; to approach women pretending to be injured and ask for their help in loading something heavy in his van. He then gives a surprise attack from behind knocking them off.

He holds his victims prisoners and starves them until their skin becomes loose enough to come off easily. He strangles his first three victims and shoots the fourth.

He skins his fourth victim, places a Death’s head moth on her throat and dumps her body. He is fascinated by the moth’s metamorphosis- a process he wants to undergo by becoming a woman!

He thinks of his victims as “Things” and not as real people. Harris based Gumb on not just one but five real life serial killers.

1.Jerry Brudos, who would dress up in his victims’ clothing and keep their shoes.

2.Ed Gein, who fashioned trophies and keepsakes from the bones and skins of his victims.

3.Ted Bundy, who would wear an arm brace, pretend to be injured and seek the help of his victims.

4.Gary M Heidnik, who kidnapped six women and held them as prisoners and slaves.

5.Edmund Kemper, who like Gumb killed his grand parents “just to see what it felt like”

So five hideous monsters in human form have been rolled into one,to create the unforgettable and unforgivable Jame Gumb!

Visalakshi Ramani


2 Responses to 44. Jame Gumb

  1. Saran Palin says:

    It has been a special week, hasn’t it? Nice to take a trip down the proverbial Memory Lane now and then.

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