H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes

The True History of the White City Devil

eBook - 2019
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America's first and most notorious serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, now updated with a new afterword discussing Holmes' exhumation on American Ripper.H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil is the first truly comprehensive book examining the life and career of a murderer who has become one of America's great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century. Though Holmes has become just as famous now as he was in 1895, a deep analysis of contemporary materials makes very clear how much of the story as we know came from reporters who were nowhere near the action, a dangerously unqualified new police chief, and, not least, lies invented by Holmes himself. Selzer has unearthed tons of stunning new data about Holmes, weaving together turn-of-the-century America, the killer's background, and the wild cast of characters who circulated in and about the famous "castle" building. This book will be the first truly accurate account of what really happened in Holmes's castle of horror, and now includes an afterword detailing the author's participation in Holmes' exhumation on the TV series, American Ripper. Exhaustively researched and painstakingly brought to life, H. H. Holmes will be an invaluable companion to the upcoming Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio movie about Holmes's murder spree based on Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City.
Publisher: 2019
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Skyhorse, 2019. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 19629 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
ISBN: 9781510740853

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bbock291
May 30, 2020

It's a good idea, but the writer seems to be his own worst enemy. He'll write something like, "The jury would've found [Mudgett] guilty anyway."

How would he know? He can't.

All that opinion and speculation gets in the way of Seltzer making his case in my opinion. Other than that, the book was an OK read. Schechter's "Depraved" also a good one.

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Bubba_Louie
Feb 13, 2020

This book of non-fiction is sure to appeal to enthusiasts of true-crime drama as it reveals all of the grisly details pertaining to the hideously brutal murders that were committed by H. H. Holmes (aka. "The White City Devil") in the horrific abattoir located in the basement of his home in Englewood, Illinois.

It was during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago that Holmes was at his most ferociously murderous. And, this well-researched book by Adam Selzer relates it all so descriptively to the reader in full, gory detail.

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PrimVictorian
Jan 30, 2020

I thought it was the best researched Victorian true crime I have read. Selzer let the facts and timelines tell the story and leaves out the "sensational" which paints a stark view of Holmes and how he operated. He is refreshingly honest and open to different viewpoints. One point of issue is that he oft repeats points and it makes the narrative a long read. A masterful read and it you if you want to read THE book on Holmes this is it.

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elizabeth88_1
Jun 20, 2017

One creepy dude! You would not want to run into him, especially if you were an attractive young woman!

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PrimVictorian
Jan 30, 2020

PrimVictorian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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