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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

H H Holmes

In the late 1800's H H Holmes was a serial killer that lured people visiting Chicago for the World's fair to their doom in a multi-storied labryinth called the Castle.

A swindler by trade, Holmes had simultaneously married different women in different states before settling in Chicago and setting out to build his 'dream home'. in his youth Holmes reportedly took out insurance policies on people then used cadavers to claim the money. He used different construction crews to build the place so no one knew the actual layout of the Castle but himself, firing them all along the way.  The layout kinda looked like this:

There was a chute in the middle of the building that went from the top down to the basement, where he had a massive oven built. No one knows how many actual victims died in that building.

Holmes was eventually caught and executed. Ironically, I think it was the insurance companies that Holmes originally cheated that helped track him down. I'm not a fan of capital punishment, but it's hard for me to argue against it in cases like these.

I hope Hell suits you well, H H.

There's a fantastic book by comic book artist Rick Geary that totally explains this case. You can  Rick, who I don't know personally but admire his artwork tremendously, and Beast of Chicago, and his book will come up.

Just watch the Andy Griffith show before you go to bed and you'll be fine.