Mugshot of H.H. Holmes ca. 1896

"I was born with the devil in me, he stood beside the bed where I was ushered into the world. He has been with me ever since." 

- Dr. H.H. Holmes 

Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (May 16, 1861 - May 7, 1896) born under the name Herman Webster Mudgett was an American serial killer. He is known for having tortured and murdered perhaps as many as two-hundred people during the Chigaco Columbian World's Fair of 1893. He orchastrated his crimes in a large Hotel he had constructed in Chigaco which was nicknamed "The Murder Castle". 

Early Life

Herman Webster Mudgett was born in Gilmaton, New Hampshire in a rich and respectable family. His mother was a devout Methodist who indoctrinated him with the faith. His father disciplined him violently. As a child Mudgett was of ill health and constantly bulied by his piers. One day, bulies abducted him and locked him in a cupoard at his school with the skeleton used for biology lessons. Unknown to his tourmenters, this set dark fantasies and intrests in Mudgett. 

Herman Mudgett became obsessed with death. On July 4 1878 he married his first wife Clare Lovering. 

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