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Some say he was Jack the Ripper, but Herman W. Mudgett, alias Dr. H. H. Holmes, was far too busy piling up corpses on this side of the Atlantic to have ever traveled abroad. The basement of his infamous Chicago qCastleq (which The Chicago Times described as a qmurder factoryq) boasted a crematory, lime pits, acid vats, and torture devices. Also in the basement was his qhuman elasticizer, q a basic torture rack that he believed could be employed to create a race of giants. Born in Gilmanton, NH, in 1860, Mudgett/Holmes attended medical school at the University of Michigan, graduating with the class of 1884. To finance his studies, he took out life insurance policies on people he knew, and then delivered a corpse in order to collect a con on which he would fall back many times during his short life. When the Holmes Castle was searched in 1895, the police found evidence of as many as 200 bodies. The job as qtypewriterq at the Castle was truly a dead-end job. Most of the pretty young women who entered his employ became his lovers, and then his victims. Holmes' final confession began with these words: qYes, I was born with the devil in mJust then, a red Pontiac G8 and a new 2010 Chevrolet Impala SS pulled in front of the building. The two walked out the building and got into the Impala. The cars took off leaving Stacy and Lady puzzled. aquot;I swear on my dimples, he totally forgot anbsp;...

Author: Nicholas B. Maione
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2008-11-18

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