Devil In The White City

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The Devil in the White City is a true crime novel written by Erik Larson. The novel takes place during the late 19th century in Chicago, Illinois. The United States decided to host the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world. St. Louis, New York, Washington DC, and Chicago all submitted bids to be the host city for the fair. By popular vote, Chicago was chosen to host the 1983 World’s Fair that was set to take place from May 1, 1893 to October 30, 1893. The city of Chicago was thrilled and anxious for the fair, unknowing the major issues that were about to attack the windy city. Some of these issues include building the fair from scratch, …show more content…
Sometimes, he would fill the hotel rooms with gas and his guests would silently die in their sleep, or he would use chloroform soaked rags and suffocated them to death. After he murdered his guests, he would then burn their bodies at the bottom of the hotel’s basement. From these crimes, Holmes is said to be one of America’s first known serial killers (Larson, 2003). Furthermore, building the fair was a long and brutal process since it had to be completed in a short about of time. Daniel H. Burnham, one of Chicago’s talented architects, was the exposition’s director of works. Him and his team of architects designed the World’s Fair from scratch and it needed to be finished by opening day. Of course, many obstacles got in the way, making it very difficult to complete the project. Although obstacles got in the way, Burnham never gave up and had faith that it would be ready by May 1, 1893 (Larson, …show more content…
Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, a psychologist, researched routines that serial killers would usually follow before every crime. Most serial killers know how to be one step above law enforcement, and are very strategic throughout the whole process. They know how to properly clean up the mess they make without leaving noticeable DNA behind (Schurman-Kauflin, 2013). According to Schurman-Kauflin (2013), “Taking extraordinary measures and being patient has helped many killers get away with their crimes” (Schurman-Kauflin, 2013, para.

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