- NAME: H.H. Holmes
- OCCUPATION: Serial Killer
- BIRTH DATE: c. May 16, 1861
- DEATH DATE: May 07, 1896
- EDUCATION: University of Michigan
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Gilmanton, New Hampshire
- PLACE OF DEATH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Herman Webster Mudgett
- AKA: H.M. Howard
- AKA: Herman Mudgett
- AKA: Dr. Henry H. Holmes
- AKA: Henry H. Holmes
- AKA: Henry Holmes
- AKA: H.H. Holmes
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H.H. Holmes was the alias of one of America's first serial killers. During the 1893 Columbian Exposition, he lured victims into his elaborate "murder castle."
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Dr. Harry Howard Holmes was forever immortalized in Chicago's dark history. As Chicago planned and executed it's designs for the 1893 World's Fair, Holmes planned out his murders within his Chicago hotel.
Nearly 27 million people came to see the World's Fair in Chicago. This would become the ideal setting for Holmes to find almost countless victims.
When Chicago became a transportation and production hub, people began to move to the city in droves.
The discovery of the young children's remains reveals the horrible manner of their death.
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When Holmes failed to deliver Hedgepeth's share of the deal, Hedgepeth tipped off the authorities.
While they eventually identified Howard as Holmes, the authorities did not catch on to Holmes soon enough to stop his final murders. He killed Pitezel and then convinced Pitezel’s widow that her husband was still alive. Becoming concerned that the five Pitezel children might expose him, he went away with three of the children, eventually killing them.
At first, Holmes was charged with insurance fraud. He later stood trial for the murder of Benjamin Pitezel. During his time in custody, Holmes gave numerous stories to police, once admitting to killing 27 people. Estimates range from 20 to 100 victims, with some going as high as 200 victims. If Holmes even did half of the crimes associated with him, he clearly surpassed later American serial killers such as Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy in his depravity.
After his conviction, Holmes appealed his case, but lost. He met his end on May 7, 1896, when he was hanged for the Pitezel murder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His life as one of America's first serial killers has been the subject of many books and documentaries, including The Devil in the White City (2003), written by Erik Larson.
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