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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 maquot;Ia#39;m playing winner!aquot; Jillian screamed. She grab Lisaa#39;s controller and played with Lady. Around 5, a blue Chevrolet SSR pulled into the back alley between Lisaa#39;s building and Elya#39;s shop. aquot;Mom and Dad are home!aquot; Jen-Jen yelled. Lady andanbsp;...

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


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