H. H. Holmes

Demographic Info

Herman Webster MudgettConvicted of 27; Suspected of 200+MaleCaucasianUSAStationary; later NomadicCriminal Enterprise, Sexual, Sadistic1861/05/16 (Gilmanton, New Hampshire, USA)1896/05/07 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Hanged)


Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-of-the-Century ChicagoHarold SchechterAmazon, Kindle eBook, Kim Cantrell Review
Devil in the White City, The: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaErik LarsonAmazon, Kindle eBook, Audible.com
Devil's Disciple: The Deadly Dr. H.H. HolmesJudy SnavelyAmazon
Devil's Rood, The: A Group Novel About America's First Serial KillerDedra Torelli and Nina WadeAmazon
Girls in the Nightmare House, TheCharles BoswellAmazon
Holmes-Pitezel Case, The: A History of Greatest Crime of the CountryFrank GeyerAmazon
Holmes' Own StoryH. H. HolmesAmazon
Mulberry Lane: Based on the Shocking, True Events of Serial Killer H.H. Holmes!Colby Van WagonerAmazon, Kindle eBook
Strange Case Of Dr. H.H. Holmes, TheJohn BorowskiAmazon
Torture Doctor, TheDavid FrankeAmazon


H.H. Holmes - America's First Serial KillerAmazon (DVD)
Most Evil: Masterminds (Episode 2x08)

H. H. Holmes (aka Herman Mudgett) created a murder castle during the 1893 Worlds Fair.

Blog Posts

Book Review: “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson

on April 30th, 2012 in Book Reviews, Serial Killers by | No Comments

In late 1800s Chicago, two men set the city on its ear: Daniel Burnham, architect and planner, and HH Holmes, the first American serial killer. Burnham was responsible for orchestrating the Chicago World’s Fair; Holmes built what was billed as “The World’s Fair Hotel”. Holmes’ hotel was anything but. Described…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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Episode 003: Organized, Disorganized and Mixed Serial Killers

on November 12th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes by | No Comments

The organized/disorganized dichotomy was developed by agents of the FBI training academy at Quantico. The typology is a system of crime scene analysis that attempts to predict an unsub’s characteristics based upon the specifics of the crime. It is based upon a series of interviews with 36 incarcerated offenders, 25…

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Episode 002: H. H. Holmes

on November 5th, 2010 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Dr. Henry Howard Holmes built a hotel in Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair. Unbeknownst to the public, the hotel was actually a house of horrors, with secret torture chambers. Holmes eventually confessed to 27 murders and had 9 confirmed. Many suspect his true body county was much higher. You…

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Play H. H. Holmes

on November 2nd, 2010 in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Double Features have purchased the right to the film adaption of the best selling book on H. H. Holmes, “Devil in the White City”. DiCaprio is expected to take on the role of Holmes.

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An Original Play on H. H. Holmes

on September 20th, 2010 in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

The Alchemist Theatre, a production company in Milwaukee, WI, is putting on Murder Castle: The Chronicle of H.H.Holmes just in time for Halloween. Holmes was a con-artist and serial killer that is most famous for building a hotel in Chicago for the Chicago World Fair. The hotel was a maze…

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