David Edward Maust (April 5, 1954 - January 20, 2006) was an American serial killer. David Edward Maust was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania in 1954. His parents were George and Eva Maust. The surname Maust rhymes with 'exhaust' and is of Amish origins. The father divorced and left the mother when Maust was 7. The father was raised in foster homeshis parents died before he was 12. Maust was confined in a mental institution at the age of nine at the request of his mother. His mother claimed he set fire to his younger brother's bed, and later tried to drown the brother. However, his mother was described by a social worker as 'disturbed,' 'psychotic,' 'functioning marginally,' 'needy,' and 'narcissistic.' She had spent a month in a mental hospital in Pennsylvania. A later report on Maust said that the institution where he was confined was filled with children who were there more often than not because family members were mentally ill and couldn't, or wouldn't, take care of them.
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