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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.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,America's first and most notorious serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.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.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....

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  • Julie
    2018-11-02 14:14

    H.H. Holmes: The True Story of the White City Devil by Adam Selzer is a 2017 Skyhorse Publishing publication. Dubbed the “First American Serial Killer’, H.H. Holmes has garnered a great deal of attention in the past, and has been the subject of documentaries and bestselling books. But, recently, the interest in Holmes has spiked. Just this afternoon, I saw a post on social media claiming a letter had been found in a family Bible, allegedly written by Holmes, expressing remorse for his heinous crimes. There were also recent headlines involving the suspicion that Holmes faked his own execution, prompting an exhumation of his body. In the not so distant future, Holmes will be the subject a feature film, starring Academy award winner, Leonardo DiCaprio. So, with the flurry of rumors and eye catching headlines keeping the notorious serial killer in the public eye, your interest in Holmes might be piqued. If you are looking for a good book that will detail the life of one of the most prolific con men in history, as well as the man who carries the debatable moniker of being America’s first serial killer, this book might be a good place to start. While I still highly recommend Erik Larson’s book on Holmes, and many of you would probably grab it first because of the bestseller status and the author’s success, I can tell you the book spends nearly as much time detailing the world fair as it does on Holmes. While it was a very good, educational, and interesting book, its focus was not solely on Holmes, whereas this book keeps Holmes as it’s one and only focus. (This author tended to disagree with Larson’s account, but I still think Larson has the killer’s psychology figured more accurately) The only downfall, and I find it hard to complain about such a thing, especially in true crime, is that it is perhaps too comprehensive. It is obvious the author has done meticulous research, and has named his sources, providing so much information, at times it got bogged down in minutiae. The author’s opinion seems to differ from most others, in that he feels Holmes killed out of necessity, rather than any thrill he got committing of the act itself, and he disputes some other common assumptions as well. He deftly lays out his arguments with facts and lots of details, that could support his theory. But, whether or not you agree with his assessment of Holmes’ reasons for mass murder, the sheer volume of information is mind boggling and paints a picture of Holmes that despite the author’s best efforts to convince me otherwise, only solidified my view of him. Holmes was a grifter, a con man, and a cold- blooded killer. His schemes and cons were outrageous, but so often he got away with them, far longer than he should have. Even though I was quasi-familiar with the case, I still found myself shaking my head at the horrific way he committed his crimes and, frequency of them, not just the murders, but the con man games as well. Despite some recent claims to the contrary, the man never showed the slightest bit of remorse. If nothing else, this book paints a very clear picture of Holmes and the author did do an amazing job of bringing him to life, which really gave me the creeps. It took me a while to get through this one, and I didn’t just sit down and read it through cover to cover, like I do most of my books. I went through it a little at a time, but I’m glad I decided to stick it out, despite the slow going. I would check out Larson’s version of events as well, in order to get a well -balanced look from all angles. (There are other books, but since I’ve not read them, I can’t speak to their accuracy) I’ll also leave it up to you to decide if you agree with this author’s assessment of Holmes’ psychopathy, or his alternate theories, as well, but for an enlightening view of Holmes, a complete outline of his crimes, and how he was ultimately captured, I recommend making this book your first stop. 4 stars

  • Carlos
    2018-11-07 08:56

    Yeah, I'm alive ...finally finished this book. As for my review, I think this book was very well researched but if you are interested in the legend of H H Holmes , then this book will bury your enthusiasm with facts, there is a true H H Holmes and then there is the H H Holmes that has been created by the media and by modern authors and both of them are very different from each other. The book is very slow and it's not sensationalist at all, you will get a glimpse into the real life of H H Holmes and you'll learn about hi life, his crimes and about all his scams. Highly recommend for a person looking for the truth behind an American horror legend, but if you are into sensationalism about H H Holmes you will be disappointed.

  • Polly
    2018-11-07 13:59

    Having slogged through this book with only a certain amount of interest, here's what I have to say:I've no doubt it's the most complete book about H.H. Holmes ever written. Whether we needed a complete book about him or not, I don't know, but we've got one.The author's main thesis seems to be that Holmes didn't enjoy murdering people the way other books say he did (mostly not mentioned till the end is the only book most of us have ever read about Holmes, The Devil in the White City, instead he spends the bulk of the book rebutting accounts that hardly anyone has read, but never fear, he doesn't like the Devil in the White City either), he just did it because it was the practical solution to his problems, but I'm not sure I agree. Okay, maybe he didn't hang around salivating over the naked bodies of his victims, but on the whole, I feel that you probably enjoy murder more than the average, non-murdering person if you murder as many people as it seems likely Holmes murdered (which is somewhere between six and ten people, according to this book). I'm a very practical person, and I've never tried to solve my problems by murdering anyone, so I tend to think that murder is never merely a practical solution to anyone but the already fairly depraved.Mainly, I think this guy is trying to make a buck or two based on the upcoming movie of the Devil in the White City, and more power to him--this is a very well-done book, especially for someone whose main stated qualification is that he lead Holmes murder tours for awhile, but I will not be adding to his royalties; that's what libraries are for.

  • Darcie Saunier
    2018-11-14 09:57

    This is very well researched, but presented in an overly detailed and absolutely boring manner. Very dry read. For a much more palatable and entertaining telling of the Holmes story, read Erik Larson's Devil in the White City.

  • Randee
    2018-10-29 14:14

    If you are going to do your master's thesis on H.H. Holmes, I will highly recommend this book. It is meticulously researched and I think the author presented just about as much data and speculation about him that will ever be known. But, if you are expecting an exciting, fun, easy read; I would suggest reading something else. This is not a criticism of the author but I can't give the book more than 3 stars for basically two important reasons.The first is that the Holmes case is a poor choice of material. The media (newspaper) even in the late 1890's was unreliable and printed out and out lies just like they do today. Holmes, himself, was a pathological liar and contradicted himself continuously. There is so much confusion as to what was true, what wasn't true that one can't make a rational case out of the known material that remains. I don't believe the prosecution even 'legally' proved that he murdered one person. I believe that he most likely was a demented bigamist, con man who was also a serial killer, but this is all speculation based on circumstantial evidence. I found it quite unsatisfying to read a book about a criminal where there are very few black and white facts.Unfortunately, the material is presented in such a dry as dust manner, that reading an encyclopedia more interesting. Actually, I like reading encyclopedia's. Again, I can't really fault the author too much for an uninteresting presentation because he did not have much of anything concrete of interest. Listing whom he may or may not have married, where he traveled on what dates, even the building of his infamous 'castle' in Chicago with all the secret rooms, vaults, trap doors, etc., doesn't turn out to be anywhere near as interesting as I was led to believe.All in all, this entire subject should be left shrouded in the past where it belongs since not enough is known to produce an interesting book.

  • Patrick McGrady
    2018-11-07 09:09

    This book was incredibly well researched, but that could make the reading tedious at times. I have mixed feelings about the book. On one hand, I appreciate the historical accuracy and the diligent research put into this book. When I read nonfiction I want the most factual information as possible. However, the "Murder Castle" and H.H. Holmes' "serial killer legend" are what got me interested enough to read more about the man in the first place. So finding out that much of the his lore has been romanticized and grossly exaggerated was kind of a bummer.. I look forward to reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America in the future to get that more dramatic effect. But I am glad to have read Adam Selzer's book first to know how it all truly played out.

  • A.r.
    2018-10-20 16:00

    Very interesting... seems to call into question this myth of H.H. Holmes and his "Murder Castle". Indeed it is very well researched with an incredible number of first and secondary sources. I have to say I'm reconsidering my view about this notorious killer aka "America's First Serial Killer".

  • Mike
    2018-10-20 16:15

    This is an important true crime novel. Excellent in all aspects. Not only that, but Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are filming the movie based on The Devil In The White City by the great author Erik Larson. H.H. Holmes: The True Story of the White Devil will be released April 4th 2017.Here is my review... During the late 1800's, murders, thieves, safe blowers, highwaymen, pickpockets, and all species of criminals would inevitably descend at the Chicago's World Fair originating it into a temporary home. Author Adam Selzer firmly grasps the perfect incarnation of abnormal wickedness known as H.H. Holmes. He immerses the reader into a serial killers reality of hidden rooms and secret passages, verbally painting the Holmes torture castle. Selzer elaborates on this gripping true crime novel positioning an American Folklore super villain that preys on patrons who are lured to their deaths.image1.JPG

  • Judy Chessin
    2018-10-27 13:04

    This book took the salacious and intriguing story of mass murderer HH Holmes which we read about in the Devil in the White City, and proved all the compelling parts of the story weren't true. Most of the things that haunted me about the story were based upon sensationalized reporting and Holmes' bizarre statements... not on truth. In other words: "fake news." So, the book has every detail that can be found about the crimes and took the excitement out of it. Kind of no fun. But good research, and of course perfect timing since it debunks White City just before the movie comes out.

  • stephanie
    2018-11-03 12:03

    occasionally feels like it is bogged down with tiny details, but this is really well and thoroughly researched, incredibly meticulous, and honest about when the records are unclear about something. i am glad it exists to hopefully counteract some of the myths and legends; holmes was a lot less murdery than you'd expect. definitely murdery, but not "world's fair murder castle!!! zomg!!!" murdery.

  • milou ✨☕️
    2018-10-30 15:15

    Actual rating 4,5 stars“I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”I had been looking for a book that could provide me with more background information about Henry for quite some time and this book met my expectations. Adam Selzer has been able to gather all the information that he could find in all the national archives and put them together into this book. I wanted to know what Herman Webster Mudgett's childhood life was like and what drove him to commit his first schemes and murders. It is rather unknown when Henry started with murdering spree, but there are some theories that he drowned two of his cousins during his childhood. That was not mentioned in this book.Henry was highly intelligent and knew how to manipulate every person that crossed his path, and especially the women in his life were all falling head over heels for him. It's hard to imagine that he had all these women that he married and had affairs with but they must've only seen a charming and wealthy man that could provide for them. They were unaware of the monster that lurked in the shadows.In this book Adam gives the idea that Henry only ever committed these murders because people knew about his swindling and needed to be removed. Personally I believe that Henry murdered people because it gave him a satisfaction to see people suffer. He even studied at medical school so that he knew how to dissect his victims and to use this knowledge during his killings. When he moved to Chicago he started to use the alias of which the world will know him for for centuries to come, H.H. Holmes. He began building a horror hotel with the intention to murder and torture innocent visitors of the Worlds Fair. There was a maze, an asphyxiation room, a hanging room, dissection room and countless of rooms with doors that only opened on the outside and some vaults with the intention to trap people. There were peepholes in the wall so that he could watch his victims suffer and trying to fight to breathe as he released a gas inside the room to make them suffocate. There cannot be anything more exhilarating to a sociopath than that because he was in control about who would live or not and it gave him a rush whenever his victims would scream his name while they suffered and eventually died. There would be plenty of people that would never make it out of his hotel alive.People who knew Holmes were charmed by him and only saw him as a respectable doctor who was offering them a place to stay during their visit in Chicago. Holmes was a swindler and there was about seventy sue-cases against him in Chicago during the eight years that he lived there. Every thing that this man did and told others was nothing but a lie. He was constantly busy with swindling money and selling the skulls of his victims to medical school. He built a murder castle TWICE.This was outside of Chicago when he left. This castle was bigger than its predecessor but it was an exact copy of his first one built with the intention to kill people. The exact number of victims of Holmes remains a mystery even today. It variate's from 9 from 200 people and the exact numbers will forever be unknown. Holmes himself confessed to 27 murders when was writing his autobiography in prison. Only about 15 people of these murders that he confessed to were still alive so no one knows what is the truth with this man. Holmes was a highly intelligent man and he has used his manipulation to make people do his bidding and to get away with every thing for a long time. It is certain that the devil resided inside of him and he was capable of committing the most heinous crimes without batching as much an eye. He only ever cared about himself and was able to murder anyone that got in his way. He even married three wives at the same time without them knowing of the other wives their existence's. Just reading about this man and his murder spree sends chills down your spine. He knew how to get rid of his bodies so that the police wouldn't be on his trail and wouldn't connect him to all the missing people in Chicago. He was a true predator and he was able to continue with his killings for many years without anyone ever suspecting him. No one knew what was actually happening inside the murder castle. I am convinced that if Holmes was never caught for being careless that he would've continued with his murder spree without anyone knowing. People had only ever known him to be a swindler and not as a murderer. That changed after he he was arrested for murder and the truth about his murder castle came to light. He has never once showed any remorse towards his crimes and was only ever sad that he was caught. What baffles me is that after Holmes was buried in 1896 he had requested that he would be buried in two attached graves. He asked for his coffin to be contained in concrete and buried 10 feet deep, because he was concerned grave robbers would steal his body and use it for dissection. He must've swindled some people in prison to make that possible because something that like has never happened before. Holmes was someone who was always going to have the last word even after his dead.This book is a dry read because it exists of so much information about Holmes which was what I was looking for. It really reads like a biography that gives you an insight inside the mind of a serial killer in the White City.

  • Susan Paxton
    2018-11-16 16:18

    This is a very useful book in that the author has gone back to the primary sources and convincingly demonstrated that most of the H.H. Holmes myth is just that. Very timely, considering Holmes' great great grandson is currently peddling a TV series that suggests Holmes was Jack the Ripper. No, Holmes was mainly Jack the Rip Off Artist, and his murders, few in number compared to legend, were tied directly to his almost byzantine web of money making schemes.That said, it's very tedious as well. A good editor could have trimmed this down considerably and made certain the author focused on vital information and left some of the minutia out. By the end I was pretty much down to skimming.

  • Beth Lundgreen
    2018-11-08 14:09

    I read this after reading Devil in the White City, because I felt Devil was very heavy on historical/architecture background (which i loved!), but very scant with details on HH Holmes himself. This book was a good read and I learned a lot about the mystique of HH Holmes, and really his reputation is more fantastical than his actual crimes. Yes, he murdered people, but he was more a scammer than than serial killer. This book will be disappointing to you if you are expecting to read about the sensationalized version of him, but if you want to know what actually happened, this is a good read. It can be a bit slow at times.

  • April
    2018-11-06 12:54

    Considering that the topic was so interesting, this turned out to be an extremely dry read. While it is obvious that Mr. Selzer did his research, the novel had more of a textbook feel. Instead of the expected sensational read replete with gory detail, there was more of a letdown to find he uncovered that HH Holmes was perhaps NOT America's first serial killer after all - that perhaps many of the newspapers of that day didn't check their facts or weren't in a position to do so. Stripped of myth, Holmes turns more into a swindler and cheater.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-22 12:14

    interesting and very detailed...too detailed

  • Laura
    2018-11-01 14:12

    If you're more into the myth than the man, this might not be the book for you. Though very well researched and incredibly informative, this book does kill (pun intended) a lot of the legends surrounding H. H. Holmes and his "Murder Castle". It's evident that a ton of effort and research was put into this book, which honestly wasn't always to its advantage. It was a bit long and seemed to drag in places; sometimes it felt as though it went into a little too much detail. There were also a LOT of names to keep track of and sometimes it was hard to keep up with them all. However, I did like that the author went to great lengths to make sure the reader knew that not all of the sources were reliable, rather than passing most of their speculations off as facts like other works apparently do. He cut through the conjecture and laid the facts out as they were. Chronologically, it was very well laid out and easy to follow. I also really liked how much time he spent on Holmes's various schemes before he even began building his "Castle", and how he covered so much of Holmes's trial after he was caught. I admit I haven't read much nonfiction when it comes to Holmes but I feel as though those are two elements that aren't really talked about much in general.Though a bit of a let down as far as all of the myths are concerned, and not as entertaining as I'd hoped it would be, The True History of the White City Devil provided a lot of new and interesting information, not only into the castle and the murders but also into the character of H. H. Holmes himself. I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for accurate, detailed accounts of the life and criminal career of "America's first serial killer".

  • Jess
    2018-10-28 08:01

    This was a hard one. I love true crime. I've read another Adam Selzer's book which I found funny and entertaining. But this book took the legend, lies and mystery of the infamous H.H. Holmes and made it so dull. To compare it to Larson's Devil in the White City. "Devil" would be like hearing the Holmes story told in a great documentary by a great journalist/storyteller of your generation (Cronkite, Rather etc) This book was listening to your boring very academic professor tell you the story. Factual but boring. Is Selzer's story the correct one? Yes and no. There is certainly a giant amount of research put into it so I must give credit were it's due. But H. H. Holmes is similar to Jack the Ripper, we might never know the true story. The most shocking thing I learned from this book is that Holmes pointed at gun at an African American man, ready to kill him, and a *white police officer stopped* Holmes from shooting him. If you are hard core true crime fan, you might want to check this out. But this book took a the "boogeyman" fun out of Holmes and made him a lackluster criminal. So I'm going to so re-listen to Last Podcasts on the Left's series on Holmes for some good laughs after finishing this book.

  • Reading Bifrost
    2018-10-30 08:17

    This does seem to be the best researched book of all the H. H. Holmes novels I’ve read. The author made a point to go back to original documents and sources where available to research for his own work. It starts by revealing a little about his childhood as recorded by family and neighbors- then as he ages up, marries, and attends medical school- then continues through his ‘career’. Going in to reading this book, I had already known much of what the author had to say about the dramatization behind the murders and the news reports making into a bigger hype than it really was, but there were still details that he was able to dig up that I hadn’t read about yet. I also can’t remember reading that much about his college years, either.Why such a low star rating if the book is so good? It is in dire need of an editor! The book is very detailed, something I usually cherish in a book, but the details became so muddled at some point reading became very dry and heavy. Instead of reading a novel on a subject the author is passionate about, it was a research project he was ready to be done with.

  • Britta
    2018-11-14 13:57

    This rating should have been five stars. The book appears to be meticulously researched. The story is carefully and clearly told. The visuals are a great addition. The appendices are even worth reading. He carefully debunks rumors and explains how other books got it wrong without being a dick about it. Interesting subject, obviously. But it lost an entire star because of the typos! I found at least a dozen instances of a word being dropped from a sentence or the wrong name being used or a name being misspelled WHILE discussing that there are two people with almost the same name, but spelled slightly differently. It's distracting and confusing and completely unnecessary. Where is his editor? This should not have been published with these mistakes. And when an author is careless in this way, it makes one trust the rest of his writing a little less. I want to confidently take him and his research at his word, but unfortunately, I cannot.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-24 13:20

    This book is absolutely fascinating and should be considered the definitive book on H. H. Holmes AKA H. W. Mudgett. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a true crime aficionado and wants to know more about the "real" H. H. Holmes. The author, Adam Selzer, has done an extensive amount of research and dispelled many of the myths and legends regarding H. H. Holmes and discusses the documented truth versus popular beliefs and legends. There were a lot of things I did not know about H. H. Holmes. The further along in the book I read, the more I couldn't put it down. It read more like a crime novel than nonfiction. The real H. H. Holmes was even more despicable and psychopathic than the legendary Holmes.

  • Leslie Rogers
    2018-10-21 14:07

    A fascinating look as a joyful murderer.This expose of H. H. Holmes is morbidly interesting with constant movement from city to city three wives who loved him and overly trusting individuals who were eventually murdered. He seems to be somewhat kind in his murders, either getting the victim drunk and/or using chloroform yo knock the victim out prior to the murder. What he foes with the bodies afterward is gruesome and disturbing. The book should have ended with his death. Instead it goes on for several chapters relating books written on the subject that are filled with errors.

  • Jean Mehochko
    2018-11-13 16:06

    VERY detailed account of the life and "career" of H. H. Holmes, the Devil in the White City (as written about by Erik Larson). The book started out well, but by the middle, was a victim of too much detail. The author did his research on everything from the reporting by newspapers of the day to almost anyone who had any contact with Holmes to the many frauds and crimes Holmes perpetrated. To be honest, I skimmed the last 1/3 of the book. That being said, if you really want to know that much detail about the man, the crimes, this is the "go to" book. Adam Selzer has investigated it all; he apparently has given tours in Chicago and I think it would be very interesting.

  • Monty Ashley
    2018-11-12 10:04

    I've been interested in H.H. Holmes for a long time. He's often brought up as "The first serial killer in the United States," and there are stories of him killing possibly hundreds of women in his hotel, which had secret rooms and trap doors and fixtures for pumping gas into every bedroom. So I've read Harold Schechter's Depraved, and I found it lurid and unlikely. I've also read Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, because I also like World's Fairs. But I wanted the actual story, so I've even read The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, which collects Holmes's published autobiography, one of Holmes's confessions, the book by Frank Geyer (who tracked down the actual evidence that got Holmes arrested for murder), and the book The Holmes Castle, which was published while Holmes's trial was still happening.I've always been skeptical of some of the claims about Holmes and his "murder castle." So I was delighted to see this book, which goes into exhaustive detail (some might say excruciating detail) as a result of its author going through all the contemporary newspaper reports to try to find what actually happened and what was being made up. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the wilder stories are the result of reporters just making stuff up that got repeated by other reporters and embroidered upon. A lot of the exaggeration came from a Herbert Asbury book, which isn't that surprising as he was always more interested in a fun story.Having said all that, it says something about H.H. Holmes that the best thing you can say about him is "Well...he probably didn't murder more than ten or so people, and it was usually for money rather than an irresistible compulsion."If you have an unending patience for research and want as much accurate information on H.H. Holmes as it is humanly possible, this is the best book possible.

  • Allison Greco
    2018-11-13 10:03

    Read this as a follow up to Larson's Devil in the White City, and it amazed me how little I know about the infamous H.H. Holmes. It's well-researched and very detailed, but with well-placed editorials and humor by the author to help put those details in perspective and keep you on track. Was a bit of a longer, heavier read than I usually go for, but can't honestly say there was any other way to write this book because of all the rumors and myths that were dispelled.

  • Drew Zagorski
    2018-11-10 15:12

    Selzer does a good job of laying out a timeline and the facts. So if you're looking for that, you'll find it here. Where the book came up short for me was in the narrative. It became tedious pretty quickly, especially if you've read on Holmes' story in the past. This book would be a good primer for anyone looking for an expository on the details and timeline, as opposed to all that but in a more narrative form such as Devil in the White City.

  • Megan
    2018-11-05 08:08

    Not totally sure how to rate this one--it's probably a 3.5, but that's not the fault of the author, who does the best he can with old, incomplete, and often wildly-lie-filled documentation. Despite being uneven and occasionally a little hard to follow, it's compelling and I couldn't stop until it was done.

  • Sherry Tatar
    2018-11-09 10:58

    Wow, anyone who has read The Devil in the White City or is interested in true crime should read this accounting of H.H. Holmes. It might be different than what you thought you knew about his story, but the author obviously put in a lot of research to come up with a more accurate and very interesting and horrifying telling of what actually occurred, as well as can be known.

  • Renata
    2018-10-21 13:19

    An amazing book! Extremely well researched, with several real documentation from archives and newspapers of the time. It's a history deconstruction of the myth and urban legend. A thick reading for sure, but extremely pleasant! As a historian, this was a very juicy reading.

  • Kai Moore
    2018-11-16 16:07

    Wow so interesting! Lots of unanswered questions but that's just the result of a lack of evidence that has lasted the years. Like many others it would be interesting to know the true number of people Holmes killed but it is impossible now to find out.

  • Sharon Dunlevy
    2018-11-03 13:19

    Very good readSelzer does a great job of digging into the primary sources and explaining the discrepancies. The true story of Holmes is just as horrifying as the exaggerated and fictionalized versions!