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H.H. Holmes, also known as Henry Howard Holmes, was born Hermann Webster Mudgett in 1861. He changed his name after graduating from high school and embarking on a medical career that provided him with the skills needed to conduct his twisted experiments and gruesome crimes. 

What H.H. Holmes did to his victims lives on in infamy, as he is credited with being one of the first serial killers in America. Holmes built his murder castle – named for its specific purpose of providing him with a place to kill his victims – in Chicago, and opened its doors to tourists visiting the nearby World's Fair in 1893. Some, if not all, of those tourists never made it home from the White City. What did the Devil in the White City do to them?

Holmes was arrested in 1894 for insurance fraud, although the charges against him quickly expanded to include mass murder. He was sentenced to death, and was hanged in May of 1896. It's believed that he killed around 200 people, even though he only confessed to killing 28. These H.H. Holmes facts are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

As Holmes himself once stated, "I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing… I was born with the evil one standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since."

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Originally posted 2017-12-13 07:41:53.