H. H. Holmes

Decent Essays
Improved Essays
Superior Essays
Great Essays
Brilliant Essays
    Page 1 of 50 - About 500 Essays
  • Superior Essays

    H. Holmes: Who's To Blame?

    • 1323 Words
    • 6 Pages

    On November 17, 1894, the notorious H. H. Holmes was arrested for the murder of B.F. Perry (Cipriani 1). What was first thought to be a case of insurance fraud quickly spiraled into a murder investigation, prompting the discovery of Holmes’ “Murder Castle” and the numerous bodies found within its walls. To this day, it is still unknown how many murders Holmes is responsible for. After his arrest, he confessed to the murders of 29 people; however, authorities believe that he may be responsible for dozens or even hundreds more (Brown). Holmes is credited with being America’s first and most horrific serial killer in its history; furthermore, the study of Holmes and his murders have helped shape criminal investigations in today’s society. One new…

    • 1323 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Never before had the United States faced a serial killer such as Doctor H. H. Holmes, his influence would forever detail and shape the American populous’ perception of evil. Doctor Holmes was a coveted wealthy entrepreneur in the time of the Chicago World’s Fair who crossed the boundaries of the law and common social restrictions repeatedly, committing horrible acts of fraud and murder in order to promote his own agenda and future. Serial killers have detailed and puzzling patterns and cycles…

    • 1098 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    H. H. Holmes would turn out to be a terrifying serial killer but he didn’t start that way, in fact He didn’t even start out as H. H. Holmes his real name was Herman Webster Mudgett. Herman was born on May sixteenth eighteen sixty one in Gilmanton New Hampshire. He was born into a moderately wealthy family and raised in a strict religion family. “He was constantly bullied and abused by his classmates, causing him to spend his boyhood friendless, isolated, and alone.” (Coffey, 2014). Herman was…

    • 2385 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    H.H Holmes was born May 16th, 1861, in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. His legal name was Herman Webster Mudgett. When he was young he was bullied. His peers discovered that he was afraid of doctors so they made him stand in front of a human skeleton at a doctors office. Holmes was afraid at first but soon intrigued by the experience. It may have led to his fascination and unhealthy obsession. Holmes was a con-artist. His first committed crimes were fraud and scams. Holmes went to the university of…

    • 753 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I chose to read about H.H. Holmes in The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic, And Madness At The Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson because I wanted to learn about something new rather than the alternative athlete that I’ve done biographies on in the past. The novel shows the stories of two different people during the time of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, one …

    • 260 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Herman Webster Mudgett, most commonly known as H. H. Holmes, was one of the very first documented serial killers. He was born in Gilmanton New Hampshire on May 16, 1861 where he lived with his parents and his three other siblings. Despite his father being a violent alcoholic, he was known to excel in school which also lead to bullying of jealous classmates. In an attempt to scare him, his classmates would force him into a local doctor’s office and make him stand face to face with a human…

    • 857 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    H. Homes. H.H. Holmes was America 's first serial killers during the 1893 Columbian Exposition and Holmes would lure his victims into his elaborate "murder castle." Holmes took over a Chicago pharmacy and built it into an elaborate maze of death traps, these death traps had gas jets to asphyxiate his victims, trapdoors and chutes where he could move the bodies down to the basement which allowed him to burn his victims (Biography). Holmes was eventually captured and hanged in 1896. Holmes was…

    • 824 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    a great insight into the life of Chicago before and after the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (or The World’s Columbian Exposition) occurred. Larson uses the disturbing and gruesome stories of a serial killer named H. H. Holmes (or Herman Webster Mudgett) along with the life of the architects behind the Chicago World Fair to get a sense of what Chicago was going through in the late 1800s. The historic events that are covered in The Devil in the White City include the Chicago World Fair of 1893,…

    • 1458 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Daniel Burnham

    • 677 Words
    • 3 Pages

    The Devil in the White City is written by Erik Larson, an author that takes historical events but instead of just explaining the events, he leaves his readers at the edge of their seats, wanting more, and explains gaps that are left in history regarding the events of this book. This book is set during the World's Columbian Exposition or better known as the World’s Fair of 1893. The book is based on two men that are on the opposite side of the spectrum in society: Daniel Burnham, the architect of…

    • 677 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    The plot of Dr. H. H. Holmes is what kept the whole story moving as well as what kept it far from boring. The use of foreshadowing in the plot of Holmes motivates the reader to keep reading. Erik Larson’s intention was to try and expand upon the importance of Columbus to America. Trying to commemorate the discoveries of Columbus, the World’s Columbian Exposition was constructed. Another goal of this project was to try and surpass the World’s Fair that was held in Paris. The Devil in the White…

    • 1321 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Previous
    Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 50