One of the Worst Serial Killers in History

By: Courtney Rochon
By: Courtney Rochon

Courtney blogs about a book on a gripping piece of history.

Any idea who could be the most prolific serial killer of all time? Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, and Ted Kaczynski are just a few names that come to mind. But what about Herman Mudgett or H. H. Holmes? Never heard those names? I hadn't either until I read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

It is a true story that takes place in Chicago in the 1890's. Chicago is hosting the World's Fair to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America. Against all odds, a team or architects built a city beyond anyone's imagination. At the same time, a man just down the street from the fair built a hotel complete with vaults, gas chambers, and a giant stove--all with the intention of killing people and destroying the evidence.  It's a great juxtaposition between good and evil. 

His real name was Herman Mudgett, but he went by several aliases (H. H. Holmes was his most common name). No one knows exactly how many people Mudget killed in his grisly hotel, but it its estimated to be hundreds.

I would highly recommend this story to anyone. Not only is a fantastically gripping account of a not-so-well known piece of history. It's the type of story that you just cannot believe you haven't heard of.


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