H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil

H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil

by Adam Selzer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510713437
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 115,160
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adam Selzer is the host of the Mysterious Chicago blog, podcasts, and tours, and has spent many years researching the more gruesome side of Chicago history—criminals, ghost stories, gangsters, mysteries, and folklore. He regularly writes Chicago history stories for websites such as TimeOut.com and Atlas Obscura, and speaks about it on WGN radio. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Mudgett 1

Chapter 2 Swindler 27

Chapter 3 Victims 41

Chapter 4 A World's Fair Hotel 62

Chapter 5 Holmes Goes West 85

Chapter 6 Philadelphia 103

Chapter 7 On the Run 115

Chapter 8 Mudgett Again 131

Chapter 9 Caught 139

Chapter 10 The Calm Before the Storm 160

Chapter 11 Exposed 177

Chapter 12 Holmes Mania 214

Chapter 13 Dog Days of August 243

Chapter 14 The Trial 275

Chapter 15 After the Judgment 302

Chapter 16 The Confession 316

Chapter 17 The Hanging 331

Chapter 18 Aftermath 348

Chapter 19 Evolution of a Legend 361

Appendix A Victims 375

Appendix B Aliases Used Herman Webster Mudgett 385

Acknowledgments 387

End Notes 389

Index 423

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H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative and helpful with the right amount of healthy skepticism.
ReadingBifrost More than 1 year ago
This does seem to be the best researched book of all the H. H. Holmes novels I’ve read. The author made a point to go back to original documents and sources where available to research for his own work. It starts by revealing a little about his childhood as recorded by family and neighbors- then as he ages up, marries, and attends medical school- then continues through his ‘career’. Going in to reading this book, I had already known much of what the author had to say about the dramatization behind the murders and the news reports making into a bigger hype than it really was, but there were still details that he was able to dig up that I hadn’t read about yet. I also can’t remember reading that much about his college years, either. Why such a low star rating if the book is so good? It is in dire need of an editor! The book is very detailed, something I usually cherish in a book, but the details became so muddled at some point reading became very dry and heavy. Instead of reading a novel on a subject the author is passionate about, it was a research project he was ready to be done with.