Ciao, amici! Today’s murder spotlight is on H.H. Holmes. Is the name familiar to you? It should be.
If not, maybe you’ve heard of the Murder Castle.
H.H. Holmes was a con man and serial killer. Born Herman Webster Mudgett, he changed his name to Henry Howard Holmes in an effort to avoid arrest for a slew of crimes (including grifting and insurance fraud). Holmes moved to Chicago before they hosted the World’s Fair in 1893, and he bought and remodeled a building—three stories tall and a block long—which he named the World’s Fair Hotel.
The public knew it as a new lodging facility for fair attendees. Holmes knew it as a playground for his sadistic proclivities.
Renovations were done by several different construction crews. Holmes claimed he was dissatisfied with the quality of work, so he kept hiring and firing contractors. In reality, he couldn’t have anyone see the…
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