Gary M. Heidnik: The Real-Life 'Buffalo Bill' Who Kept Women In A Pit

CULTURE | September 1, 2023

Heidnik Was A Deeply Troubled Genius

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Heidnik, a lifelong bed-wetter, claimed that his new guardian forced him to hang his soiled sheets from his bedroom window for the entire neighborhood to see. Things weren’t better when he was outside the home: Despite an I.Q. of 148, Heidnik experienced nothing but misery in his academic life. He claimed it was because he was teased about his oddly shaped head, but his refusal to wear anything but military clothing probably didn't help.

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