Hh Holmes Character Analysis

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When people think of monsters they think of hideous and frightening creatures that lurk in the darkness. But a monster isn’t someone who looks scary or different. In fact, most monsters look just like everyone else. Because the definition of a monster isn’t a person who looks scary, a monster is a person who does horrible things and feels no remorse. People are fascinated by everyday monsters like Hannibal Lecter or Buffalo Bill. It opens their eyes to what we humans are truly capable of and they think “Well I would never do that”. It reassures them that they’re not evil and that they’re not crazy. But the truth is, there exists an inherent evilness in us all and we are all insane to a certain degree. Some are just more evil and less sane than …show more content…
H. Holmes shares many traits with other serial killers, there are several factors that separates him from other serial killers and thus makes him more interesting. For example, many of Holmes’ murders were extremely vicious and by the time of his death, he is suspected to have “killed over three hundred people” (Chavez). However, even though he had amassed a large death toll, no one had noticed what he was doing or that people were going missing. Some of this may be attributed to the fuss of the Chicago World’s Fair overshadowing the disappearance of these people, but it also may be because Holmes hid the murders so well and did not seek fame for them as other serial killers do. Many serial killers commit murder in order to exert power and they want their crimes to be known so that other people will fear them and thus they will feel more powerful. Other serial killers want attention and fame for their crimes because they are needy for attention and feel unnoticed in their everyday life. However, Holmes killed for both sadistic means, but manly for profit. He would take out insurance claims on his victims, dissect their bodies, and sell their skeletons to medical schools. In short, Holmes was a capitalist in the most extreme sense of the word. This separated him from another infamous serial killer of the time, Jack the Ripper, because “Jack was a sexual predator with a sadistic fancy for mutilation” who left his victims to be discovered in the streets of London, whiles Holmes saw profit in the bodies of his victims (Segel). This is what makes Holmes so much more interesting than other serial killers and what could separate a movie about him from other movies about serial

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