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Subject: Archive: H. H. Holmes, May 7, 1896


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Date Posted: Monday, May 07, 04:17:15pm

Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861 May 7, 1896), better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or more commonly known as H. H. Holmes, was an American serial killer of the 19th century.

While he confessed to 27 murders, only nine could be plausibly confirmed and several of the people whom he claimed to have murdered were still alive. He is commonly said to have killed as many as 200, though this figure is only traceable to 1940s pulp magazines.

Many victims were said to have been killed in a mixed-use building which he owned, located about 3 miles (5 km) west of the 1893 World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, supposedly called the World's Fair Hotel (informally called "The Murder Hotel"), though evidence suggests that the hotel portion was never truly open for business.

Besides being a serial killer, Holmes was also a con artist and a bigamist, the subject of more than 50 lawsuits in Chicago alone. Many now-common stories of his crimes sprang from fictional accounts that later authors took for fact; however, in a 2017 biography, Adam Selzer wrote that Holmes' story is "effectively a new American tall tale and, like all the best tall tales, it sprang from a kernel of truth".

H. H. Holmes was executed on May 7, 1896, nine days before his 35th birthday, for the murder of his friend and accomplice Benjamin Pitezel. During his trial for the murder of Pitezel, Holmes confessed to numerous other killings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Holmes

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Few people know his story, but he was one...sick....puppy! Often called the American "Jack the Ripper", he's said to have killed up to 200 women, though never confirmed. -A film, "Devil in the White City", supposedly in the making w/Leonardo DiCaprio as Holmes, and set w/direction by Martin Scorsese! ...A Holmes descendent exhumed his body last year to prove innocence. ...He wasn't.Monday, May 07, 06:42:30pm


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