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Inside 'The Murder Hotel' Home Of America's First Serial Killer

Inside 'The Murder Hotel' Home To America's First Serial Killer image

Inside 'The Murder Hotel' Home Of America's First Serial Killer

This chilling story of murder, death & intrigue puts all Hollywood's horror movie scripts to shame.

Herman Webster Mudgett (also known as H.H. Holmes / Dr. Henry Howard Holmes) is one of the first documented American serial killers.

But in a world where popular culture is obsessed with killers such as John Wayne Gacy, Ottis Toole or Ted Bundy few are familiar with H.H. Holmes and his truly terrifying deeds.

In 1893 (and to cash in on the visiting World's Fair) he opened a 3 story hotel in the windy city of Chicago. But far from being a place for rest and relaxation, he designed it specifically with one aim in mind.... to murder his guests in the most gruesome and horrific ways imaginable.

The ground floor was innocent enough, a simple drugstore where Holmes would dispense medications to the general public. The floors above however, were used for far more sinister purposes.

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One level was a custom labyrinth complete with 100 windowless rooms, staircases they lead to dead ends, doors that opened to nothing more than a brick wall, soundproof vaults and even an asphyxiation chamber.

Holmes routinely changed builders during the construction of the infamous 'Murder Castle' so that he was the only individual who truly knew its layout and deadly secrets.

Whether he stabbed, suffocated, starved, poisoned or skinned his victims, they all ended up travelling down a secret chute which lead down to the basement.

Here he would then strip them of their remaining skin, meticulously clean their skeletons and then sell the cadavers or skeletal models to medical schools. Due to his occupation as a Doctor, he had a wealth of connections in the medical world and little difficulty in selling off his posthumous 'products'.

Deep within the bowel of the hotel were two large furnaces, designed to burning any incriminating evidence. There was also a pit of corrosive acid used for dissolving bones and stretching rack to inflict a few final minutes of pain to his semi-conscious victims.


As is so often the case, he was initially arrested for a much smaller crime, petty theft, which ultimately lead to the police unearthing his horrific pastime.

His harrowing death mirrored those he inflicted on his victims - long and torturous. After being sentenced to death by hanging in 1896, his neck failed to break during the fall leaving him swinging and twitching on his noose for around 10-15 minutes - a slow and painful death. He was officially pronounced dead a full 20 minutes from when the trap was initially sprung.

Before his death, Holmes confessed to slaughtering 27 innocent victims (men, women and children) although in truth the body count could be as high as 200. To this day, nobody is entirely sure of the extent of his numerous evil deeds.

The 'murder hotel' burned down a year before Holmes finally met his maker, it's since been replaced with a post office. The last caretaker of the murder hotel was a man named Pat Quinlan. He committed suicide by taking a lethal dose of the drug strychnine. Many claimed Quinlan had been haunted by ghostly visions for months before he ultimately took his own life.

There are few tales as abhorrent or ghastly as that of H.H. Holmes - one of America's most inventive, malevolent and vicious serial killers.

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