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H.H. Holmes : the true history of the White City Devil

Author: Adam Selzer
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A detailed historical account of the serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World's Fair to create his own castle of horrors.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Case studies
History
True crime stories
Named Person: Herman W Mudgett; Herman W Mudgett
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Selzer
ISBN: 1510740848 9781510740846
OCLC Number: 1041879000
Description: xii, 440 pages, 8 unnumber pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Mudgett --
Swindler --
Victims --
A World's Fair hotel --
Holmes goes west --
Philadelphia --
On the run --
Mudgett again --
Caught --
The calm before the storm --
Exposed --
Holmes mania --
Dog days of August --
The trial --
After the judgment --
The confession --
The hanging --
Aftermath --
Evolution of a legend --
Appendix A: Victims --
Appendix B: Aliases used by Herman Webster Mudgett.
Responsibility: Adam Selzer.

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A detailed historical account of the serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World's Fair to create his own castle of horrors.

"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"--Amazon.com.

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