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H. H. Holmes
Transcript of H. H. Holmes
Who was Herman Mudgett ?
He was born and raised in Gilmandon, New Hampshire as Herman Mudgett
As a young boy he grew a fondness of disecting animal corpses.
Also as a young boy he was first introduced to a human skeleton at a local pharmacy.
This fed into a fascination of the human body, and he soon was a graduate of the University of Michigan with a medical degree
He payed for his college fees through finance scams, where he would fake a death of a family member and present a corpse ,that was horriably mutilated, as the evidence.
Herman had a numerous amount of fake names he would use the most famous one that stuck was H. H. Holmes.
The castle contained 3 stories
The First floor contained a normal pharmacy.
The Castle's second and third floors were full of traps, fake walls, gas pipes and soundproof rooms, all to trap and torture his victims. These rooms were the rooms that were rented off to the tourists of the World's Fair.
Most victims were young women, these women would be lured into the hotel by various ads that Holmes placed in Newspapers advertising himself as a perspective bachelor.
Once the women were captive, he would hold them hostage and rape them for months, and then he would get bored with them and kill them and send them to the basement.
The Basement was his lab that he used to dismember his bodies.
Once the bodies had been dismembered and cleaned Holmes would sell them to local Medical businesses and universities for money
What is the 'Castle'?
On November 16, 1894, H.H. Holmes was arrested in Boston right before he was about to board a steamboat to leave the country. He surrendered easily.
What Happened to H.H. Holmes ?
Moving on up in... Society?
In 1886 Holmes moved to Chicago to work at a small hometown pharmacy.
A month later, Holmes purchased the pharmacy from the widow, after the death the owner.
The widow then mysteriously disappeared.
After a few more of Holmes' financial frauds ,he purchased a huge chunk of land across from the local pharmacy that would soon become the famous "Castle"
Holmes was caught when he attempting to use another body for a insurance scam.
"He confessed, saying, "I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing."
"A serial killer is hanged — History.com This Day in History — 5/7/1896." History.com — History Made Every Day — American & World History. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2013. <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-serial-killer-is-hanged>.
"H. H. Holmes: Master of Illusion — Swindler — Crime Library on truTV.com." truTV.com: Not Reality. Actuality.. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2013. <http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial
When Holmes was lynched it is said that he didn't die instantly, but suffered a slow death.
His one request was that he be buried in cement ,so that his body wouldn't be dismembered like his victims.
After Holmes was arrested he had a short trial for the deaths and frauds he had committed, the outcome came to a quick end when he was sentenced to death by hanging.
The idea of the 'Castle' was sparked right when the Chicago World's Fair was just beginning.
The plan was to have 3 floors and a basement.
By the time it was finished people wanted to stay there because it was only a couple of blocks away from the fair grounds.
Holmes made advertisements that would be placed in newpapers and flyers all around the city.
Holmes would attract people to the "Castle" not only by telling of room accomadations, but to attract the young women he would put his self up and say that he was a young wealthy bacholer looking for love.
Right after the arrest of Holmes, the authorities went to the 'Castle' to get evidence for the charges against Holmes, they spoke to the Hotel's cleaner and he stated that he wasn't allowed to clean the 2nd or 3rd floors. this caused the police to become suspicious.
After inspecting the upper floors the authorities discovered the torture chamber that holmes was using to mutilate his guests
Soon after Holmes' arrest the "Castle" had a mysterious fire was completly burned down to the ground.