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H. H. Holmes’ story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes at a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was just being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper though, Holmes’ motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity.

Listen and learn about: 

  • Herman Webster Mudgett, the medical student
  • Settling in Chicago
  • Murders in the mansion 
  • The world’s deadliest fair 
  • Suicide or murder 
  • America’s first serial killer
  • And much more!

Fueled by an intense desire for money, Holmes sought the fastest way to make money with the least amount of effort possible. Throughout his life, he would commit devastating murders for money, appropriately earning him the title of America’s first serial killer.

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I never knew much about HH Holmes before this. I wish there had been more information about him. Considering when this all happened I can understand why. There was a very clear picture painted of him by the author. I’m just amazed after reading this. Him being the first of his kind ever recorded the end result is all sociopaths act exactly the same. Reminded me a lot of Ted Bundy in the end.

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great quick story (h.h. holmes)

I love these hourly history titles. it's a great quick refresher from high school history.