Detective in the White City

Detective in the White City

by JD Crighton

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The remarkable true story of the uncompromising and relentless detective who investigated one of America's first serial killers, the man known as the 'Devil in the White City,' H. H. Holmes, and others like him.

This extraordinary historical biography provides a chronological account of Frank Geyer's life and features murder cases that made national headlines and the history of one of America's largest police departments, complete with 95 rare illustrations and photos!

"History like never before!"

Who was the world's famous detective who outsmarted criminals from the Gilded Age and whose wife and daughter never died in a fire, like scholars claimed?


-Geyer's incredible investigation of H. H. Holmes, death of Benjamin Pitezel, the horrific discovery of the missing Pitezel children, Holmes' trial, and a 'Devil in Him' chapter
-Mary Hannah Tabbs and the gruesome torso murder
-Modern Borgia killer, Sarah Jane Whiteling, the first woman hung in Philadelphia
-White Chapel Row
-Mrs. Annie Gaskin and the killer cat
-Top secret search in Rio de Janeiro
-Fake highwaymen murder for insurance, and plot to kill Detective Geyer
-Law enforcement and Philadelphia history
-Reuben Geyer in the Civil War, President Franklin Pierce, and Franks' hometown
-Truth about Geyer's wife and daughter
-with Sources, List of Illustrations and Credits, Bibliography, Notes, and Index
-95 rare historical illustrations and photos, restored

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158984884
Publisher: RW Publishing House
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 433
Sales rank: 926,921
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

JD Crighton is the author of Detective in the White City: The Real Story of Frank Geyer and Holmes' Own Story: Confessed 27 Murders, Lied The Died. JD is a retired Emergency Management professional who writes in the biography, history, true crime, and thriller genres and is a member of Biographers International Organization, Nonfiction Authors Association, and International Thriller Writers.

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Detective in the White City 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the history of Detective Geyer and Philadelphia police most of all. The photos were great!
Marie327 More than 1 year ago
Detective in the White City is a great biography of the detective that investigated H. H. Holmes! After reading in the Devil in the White City that Detective Geyer's family was killed in a fire, I was glad to learn that never happened. This book puts that terrible rumor to rest. From beginning to end, Crighton takes the reader back in time. I really liked learning about 19th century policing, Geyer’s cases, especially the one’s that made headlines at that time.