Straight up… this is weird.
I will supply cites and background upon request, but I will certify that my interest is purely academic! My only intent in applying any knowledge gathered in this thread would be in writing a semi-educated work of non-fiction that would end up languishing on my hard drive.
I have been reading about Jack the Ripper lately. In at least one of his murders and in some of the cases involving Ed Gein, there are comments about the removal of the entire female reproductive organs.
In some of the contemporary Ripper literature, it is difficult to tell if people are simply being a bit squeamish or if procedures were a bit less comprehensive than one would expect in today’s CSI culture, but, from what I can tell, the killer did more than simply cut away the skin of the vulva. There are also numerous comments on the “skill” of the killer in his ability to remove the parts that he did in the way that he did.
My question is, how difficult would it be for someone to remove a woman’s reproductive system presuming that the health of the woman is not a concern? With a man, I can see how one could probably accomplish the task with a pair of hedge clippers. But, with a woman, would it require an extensive understanding of anatomy? Would someone with no knowledge be able to do it, just by looking?
I understand Gein had extensive reading material and did well in school in that respect. I also understand that he may have had experience in field dressing game animals. There has also been discussion of the possibility that JtR was a Doctor.
But what would removing a woman’s vagina entail? How about just the uterus? How about everything from labia majora to ovaries so that one could carry it away in a box and not even stand out as you walked down the street?
I apologize in advance for such a grusome question, but it is almost Halloween, so what better time?
BTW— all links are wikipedia and I would consider them purely scholastic.