Ed Gein’s Cauldron
In February 2015 I was contacted by Wisconsin resident Dan McIntyre who was selling a peculiar object. It was a cast iron cauldron that he said his grandmother bought in 1958 when what remained of Ed Gein’s property and possessions were auctioned off following his arrest the previous November.
A friend of the McIntyre family claimed he had assisted authorities in removing evidence from the Gein property, and that he had seen human remains from one of Gein’s victims in the cauldron.
I posted on Cult of Weird about the upcoming auction, which featured the cauldron, a shovel, a pair of skis, and a few other miscellaneous objects said to have been owned by Gein. My article quickly went viral, being shared over 11,000 times on social media by news outlets and other well-known websites by the time the auction happened that Saturday.
I followed up with the auction house the day after the sale. They told me my post had caught the attention of Zak Bagans, star of the Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, and that he got the winning bid on the cauldron and shovel.
In April 2017 the cauldron was featured in a segment of Bagan’s spin-off series Deadly Possessions (streaming now under the title Ghost Adventures: Artifacts), and later during a Ghost Adventures Halloween special.
The cauldron can now be seen on display along with other purportedly haunted objects in Zak Bagan’s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas.