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H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil

Adam Selzer
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
Language
English
Variant Title
True history of the White City Devil
ISBN
9781510713437, 1510713433, 9781510713468
Summary
A detailed historical account of the serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World's Fair to create his own castle of horrors.
Herman W. Mudgett, better known by his alias, H.H. Holmes, is considered America's first-- and most notorious-- serial killer. During the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, the basement of his house in Englewood, Illinois contained a torture chamber with crematory. Mudgett confessed to killing 27 people, but legends say the number may be in the hundreds. Selzer reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Mudgett
  • Swindler
  • Victims
  • A World's Fair hotel
  • Holmes goes west
  • Philadelphia
  • On the run
  • Mudgett again
  • Caught
  • The calm before the storm
  • Exposed
  • Holmes mania
  • Dog days of August
  • The trial
  • After the judgment
  • The confession
  • The hanging
  • Aftermath
  • Evolution of a legend
  • Appendix A. Victims
  • Appendix B. Aliases used by Herman Webster Mudgett.
Description
xii, 430 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-422) and index.
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