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Dr. H.H. Holmes and his Impact on Chicago
Transcript of Dr. H.H. Holmes and his Impact on Chicago
-Dr. H.H. Holmes
The Murder Castle
Moved to Chicago, took over Mrs. Holten's pharmacy and started his killings.
Three-story,block- long castle.
Described as being a maze of over 100 windowless rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, oddly-angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors openable only from the outside.
Insurance. Gain money.
Dr. Holmes Impact on Chicago
Holmes profiled by many as the first American serial killer, made people find a fear in them they didn't even know existed. It was the early 1900s and nothing like this had ever happened before. They all couldn't believe that a man was capable of killing men, women, and young kids.
Holmes was a man who used the Columbian Exposition as a way to lure people into his castle and kill them.
He was put to trial and on May 7, 1896, Holmes was hanged at Moyamensing Prison.
With Chicagoans wanting to learn more about the killings, The Chicago Tribune tried getting more information but were unsuccessful due to the fact that The Castle's caretaker had committed suicide. Much was left unanswered.
The Devil in the White City
-Born-Herman Webster Mudgett in Glimanton, New Hampshire
-Graduated from the University of
Michigan Medical School.
-Wanted to purse his career in pharmacy by moving to Chicago.
-Terrorized the South Side of Englewood
-Is profiled to be one of America's 1st serial killer.
Colombian Exposition 1893
The Columbian Exposition was a fair held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492.
Chicago beat out NYC, Washignton, and St. Louis for the honor of hosting the fair.
From the little information they gathered,it is said how Chicagoans were in awe by this"handsome man in his early twenties" who committed such monstrosities. The act of brutally killing was something new to everyone and they were scared of these findings thus a new lifestyle began.
Ever since Erik Larson's book "Devil in the White City" which recounts Holmes' murder spree set against the backdrop of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, more and more people have been inclined to Dr. Holmes' murders. Many visit 63rd and Wallace, some swear he is Jack the Ripper, and many like to tell stories of the ser killer haunting Chicago.
"I was just amazed and shocked to find out that this is the first serial killer of the United States here at my place of employment," Hood says