H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes (May 16, 1861–May 7, 1896) was one of America’s first known serial killers and was also infamous for the “Murder Castle” he built in Chicago. 

Born Herman Webster Mudgett in New Hampshire, he changed his name to Dr. Henry Howard Holmes after moving to Chicago in 1886. A career criminal involved in insurance fraud, bigamy, and countless other cons, Holmes was arrested in Boston in 1894 for his involvement in a scam. This arrest eventually led to his conviction for the murder of his associate Benjamin Pitezel. Holmes later confessed to killing at least 27 people, though the actual number of victims is unknown. He was executed by hanging in Philadelphia in 1896.

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Articles and Clippings about H. H. Holmes

"Hid in Secret Rooms" "Where Dealers Discover Their Missing Furniture" 31 Mar 1893, Fri Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Swindle on a Life Insurance Company Disclosed" "H. H. Holmes Shared in the $10,000 Secured" 18 Nov 1894, Sun The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com"Holmes and Pitzel Work a Graveyard Insurance Scheme" "Holmes Is Under Arrest in Boston" 18 Nov 1894, Sun Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"B. F. Pitezel" 21 Nov 1894, Wed St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) Newspapers.com"Various Types of That Many-Sided Individual, H. H. Holmes" 25 Nov 1894, Sun Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Expert in Fraud" "Extraordinary Criminal Career of Harry Howard Holmes" 30 Nov 1894, Fri The Buffalo News (Buffalo, New York) Newspapers.com"Crimes of Holmes" "Stand Without a Parallel in History" "Some of the Deeds Charged Against Him" 14 Dec 1894, Fri The Press (Kansas City, Kansas) Newspapers.com"Buried in a Cellar" "The Mouldering Remains of Holmes' Child Victims Found" 16 Jul 1895, Tue The Ottawa Journal (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) Newspapers.com"Find Child's Bones" "Holmes' Charnal House Yields Up Telltale Evidence" 25 Jul 1895, Thu The Chicago Chronicle (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Holmes' Many Crimes Gradually Coming to Light" "List of the Supposed Slain Now Numbers Ten Persons" 27 Jul 1895, Sat The Chicago Chronicle (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Herman W. Mudgett, Alias H. H. Holmes, and His Supposed Victims" 27 Jul 1895, Sat The Chicago Chronicle (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Castle Is a Tomb" "Four Skeletons Taken from Holmes' Charnel House" "Murders Made Plain" 28 Jul 1895, Sun Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"No Direct Evidence" "What the Chicago Police Say about Holmes Now" 01 Aug 1895, Thu The Montreal Star (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Newspapers.com"Story of the Dark Life and Bloody Deeds of the Famous Criminal, Holmes" "Far Stranger Than Fiction" 01 Aug 1895, Thu The Buffalo News (Buffalo, New York) Newspapers.com"H. H. Holmes' Castles Reveals His True Character" "A Veritable Factory for Murders" 18 Aug 1895, Sun Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Holmes' Castle" "It Was Destroyed by Fire Early This Morning - Probably Incendiary" 19 Aug 1895, Mon The Richmond Item (Richmond, Indiana) Newspapers.com"The Extraordinary House" "Built by H. H. Holmes in Chicago" 20 Aug 1895, Tue The St. Joseph Weekly Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri) Newspapers.com"A Modern Bluebeard" 25 Sep 1895, Wed The Derby Mercury (Derby, Derbyshire, England) Newspapers.com"Pietzel's Widow Tells Her Heartrending Story on Witness Stand" "Damning Proof of Guilt" 31 Oct 1895, Thu The Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, Minnesota) Newspapers.com"The Holmes Murder Trial" "The Court Proceedings in Detail" "A Nervy Prisoner" 03 Nov 1895, Sun Sunday News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com"Holmes Found Guilty" "Jury Promptly Convict Him of the Murder of B. F. Pitezel" 04 Nov 1895, Mon Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com"Holmes Confesses 27 Murders" "Every Detail of His Fearful Crimes Told" 12 Apr 1896, Sun The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com"The Holmes Castle, Chicago" 12 Apr 1896, Sun The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com"Murder His Mania" "H. H. Holmes, the Man of Blood, and His Hideous Crimes" 03 May 1896, Sun The Chicago Chronicle (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"Swings 'Like a Man'" "Holmes Faces the King of Terrors with Never a Falter" "Last Words Are Lies" 08 May 1896, Fri Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com"The Execution of Holmes - Scene While He Was Making His Final Address" 08 May 1896, Fri The Philadelphia Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com"A Monster Executed" "Confessing to 27 Murders" 14 May 1896, Thu The Otago Witness (Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand) Newspapers.com"Murder Castle!" "Record of H. H. Holmes' Sensational Crimes" 21 Mar 1937, Sun Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.comPhoto of H. H. HolmesPhoto of H. H. Holmes 21 Mar 1937, Sun Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com
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