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H.H. Holmes

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H.H. Holmes

Grave Crimes

On this episode Heather and Cynthia explore Americas famed serial Killer H.H. Holmes his possible connections to Jack the Ripper, his murder castle and the trail of haunts left behind.


9 Sep 2021

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A Sofa King Classic: H.H. Holmes

Sofa King Podcast

Whats up Holmes? Another Classic while we try not to die. See you soon.This episode of the Sofa King Podcast examines the horrible history of H.H. Holmes, the Beast of Chicago. This man is considered the first true serial killer in American history, killing people all over the country in the late 1800’s (estimates are as high as 200 victims). Born Herman Webster Mudgett, Holmes was a smart child who had a penchant for operating on animals and had a bad run in with a human skeleton and a group of bullies. He graduated high school at 16 years of age and went to University of Michigan Medical School where he earned his medical doctorate.Oh, and while he was at U of M, he also figured out a way to claim life insurance policies on the school’s cadavers and disfigure and operate on them in secret. Holmes was a conman who made the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars on insurance schemes, often getting money paid out for his own murder victims.What makes Holmes truly unique, however, is his Murder Castle. After buying a pharmacy in Chicago (after presumably killing off the previous owners who go mysteriously “missing”), he build a massive three story hotel in Chicago in time for the World’s Fair. It is such a big building that locals called it “The Castle.” While he ran his pharmacy from the ground floor and let guests stay on the second, the third story and the basement were where he was allowed to kill in horrible ways. The Castle was infamous for doors that led to nowhere, dead end stair cases, soundproof rooms, chutes to deposit bodies into the basement, ether pumped through gas pipes to various rooms, an acid pit and several kilns to dispose of bodies in the basement, and even a bank vault he would use to slowly kill people through asphyxiation.Though he preferred blond women and children, Holmes killed them all, often selling their skeletons and organs to medical schools! How did he get brought down by a horse? Who was Benjamin Pietzel, and why did Holmes have to kill three of his children? Why was he buried ten feet deep and encased in concrete after he was hanged for his crimes? Listen, laugh, learn.

1hr 29mins

7 Sep 2021

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H.H. Holmes Pt.II

It Came From Amity

H.H. Holmes Pt.II--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/itcamefromamity/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/itcamefromamity/support


27 Aug 2021

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H.H. Holmes Pt.I

It Came From Amity

H.H. Holmes Pt.I--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/itcamefromamity/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/itcamefromamity/support


20 Aug 2021

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H.H. Holmes //Replay

The Generation Why Podcast

Adam Selzer joins us to talk about H.H. Holmes and to dispel the myths and legends that surround his story as well as highlight some of the interesting things about him that he's uncovered while researching his past. This is one of our favorite episodes from back when. If you're interested in this story and plan to watch Devil in the White City, you'll want to listen to this first. http://astonishingchicago.com/To directly support us and for bonus content:: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 18mins

12 Jul 2021

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What a Creep: H.H. Holmes (America's First Serial Killer)

What a Creep

What a Creep: H.H. Holmes “The Devil in the White City" Season 11, Episode 8 Murderer & Creep This week’s Creep is considered one of America’s first serial killers with anywhere from a couple of dozen to over 200 victims depending on your source. He was a thief, liar, schemer, forger, bigamist, and a killer of men, women, and children whose many deeds were described in the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. None other than Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are the producers of a HULU -TV production set to air sometime in 2022.  Trigger Warnings for this episode: domestic abuse, violence, mention of animal abuse, and murder. Sources: HH Holmes World's Columbian Exposition HH Holmes Biography History Chicago Sun-Times HH Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (Amazon) Harpers (1943 article) Mental Floss The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson American Ripper: The History Channel  The Murder Castle Confessions of the Serial Killer H.H. Holmes (1895) Be sure to follow us on social media. But don’t follow us too closely … don’t be a creep about it! Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts Twitter: https://twitter.com/CreepPod @CreepPod Facebook: Join the private group!  Instagram @WhatACreepPodcast Visit our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/whatacreep Email: WhatACreepPodcast@gmail.com  We’ve got merch here! https://whatacreeppodcast.threadless.com/# Our website is www.whatacreeppodcast.com Our logo was created by Claudia Gomez-Rodriguez. Follow her on Instagram @ClaudInCloud


9 Jul 2021

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H.H. Holmes: The Search for the Truth with Special Guest Jeff Mudgett

Ghost in the Attic Bodies in the Basement

GABB hits double digits in this special episode! Anna and Lindsey are joined by special guest Jeff Mudgett, the great-great grandson of America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Join us as we discuss the ins and outs of Jeff's book "Bloodstains," the History Channel Docuseries "American Ripper," and more as we search for the truth of history's biggest conman and monster, H.H. Holmes. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter! Email your stories to GABBPodcast@gmail.com BUY MERCH HERE Listen to “Bloodstains” by Jeff Mudgett on Audible Watch “American Ripper” on Amazon Prime Listen to Jeff’s interview on FearScape Paranormal Podcast

1hr 24mins

9 Jul 2021

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Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 1

Hometown History

Could this be the first Chicago victim of infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes? In Chicago on a cold November morning in 1888, the body of a young lady is found in a lake with her throat slit. The story of this young lady, and her untimely death, was quickly forgotten as her body was shipped back to her hometown of Wabash County, Indiana. Join Shane while he tries to unravel the mysterious death and tragic life of a young girl who very well could be the first Chicago victim of H.H. Holmes. This investigation will be used for a future series on the Foul Play podcast. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comEpisode Sponsors:Get key nutrients without the B.S. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit Ritual.com/hometownDownload June’s Journey free today on the Apple App Store or Google PlaySupport our show by becoming a Patron!


10 May 2021

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Episode 22 – Eyewitness to History: From the Pullman Strike to H.H. Holmes

Windy City Historians Podcast

Looking back on historical events, whether it is the Civil War or the Chicago Fire, they are usually presented in isolation, a individual events separated by subject, pinned to a specific date or period of time.  Yet, history is not nearly so neat and tidy, and to someone who lived through those times, it becomes part of the greater tapestry of life.  With this in mind our latest and 22nd episode of the Windy City Historians podcast “Eyewitness to History” approaches this historical journey following the experiences of Chicago policeman, John E. Fitzpatrick (1852-1902). As a Patrol Sergeant Fitzpatrick was present at the Haymarket Bombing of 1886, rose rapidly through the ranks to soon attain the position of Inspector and lead the honor guard for President Cleveland for the opening ceremonies of the Columbian Exposition of 1893.  A year later, Inspector Fitzpatrick would be embroiled in a chaotic summer due to the Pullman Railroad Strike, and the following year is assigned as lead detective on the H.H. Holmes serial murder cases that shocked a nation.  A century later, these remarkable stories and adventures were unearthed by his great-great-granddaughter and our guest, Kim Fitzpatrick. Based on Kim’s diligent research we uncover the life and times of John E. Fitzpatrick and present this fascinating and personal history of his decorated Chicago Police career. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed learning the Fitzpatricks’ story. Note: This episode was updated on May 4, 2021 to correct a missing “great” to Kim Fitzpatrick’s relation and great-great grandfather John E. Fitzpatrick. John E. Fitzpatrick Kim Fitzpatrick Newspaper sketch of Inspector Fitzpatrick The Raising of Chicago buildings George Pullman Chief Francis O’Neill Union Leader Eugene V. Debs Debs Cartoon Illinois Gov. John Peter Altgeld Pullman Car Interior Replica of the Lincoln Funeral Pullman Car Wreckage from the Johnstown Flood Pullman Strike Scene Links to Research and Historic Sources: John E. Fitzpatrick obituary, Chicago Tribune, Mar. 27, 1902 Opening Day of the Columbian Exposition: May 1st, 1893, a series of articles on The World’s Fair website posted in April 2018 The Time They Lifted Chicago Fourteen Feet, on the enjoy Illinois website posted Dec. 3, 2018 The Lincoln Funeral Train, on the Illinois History & Lincoln Collections blog posted Aug. 30, 2019 The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullough published Jan. 15, 1987 Johnstown Flood Memorial, National Park Service website H.H. Holmes (1861 – 1896), on Wikipedia on this serial killer also chronicled in the book below Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson “How a Deadly Railroad Strike Led to the Labor Day Holiday,” by Sarah Pruitt posted Aug. 27, 2019 on the History Channel website The Pullman Strike 1894 history on the Kansas Heritage website Historic Pullman Foundation website Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant website A Harvest Saved: Francis O’Neill and Irish Music in Chicago, by Nicholas Carolan published April 1997 Francis O’Neill: The Police Chief Who Saved Irish Music, on WTTW’s Chicago Stories website Pullman Strike, by Melvin I. Urofsky on Encyclopedia Britannica website Pullman National Monument on the Nation Parks Service website Adam Selzer astonishing Chicago website by this historian, author and tour guide President Obama dedicates the Pullman Site a national monument on YouTube posted on July 21, 2016 “The Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Car King,” by Jack Kelly, Jan. 11, 2019 on Smithsonian Magazine website


27 Apr 2021

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Episode 180 - H.H. Holmes

The Odyssey Files Radio

In Hour 1, After discussing free will and its role at the time of our deaths, Dave and Mike finish their conversation dealing with the Smiley Face Killers by talking about what could be a Smiley Face Cult, or gang!The first serial killer in America, H.H. Holmes, takes up the second hour as the guys talk about his history, his scams, his murder castle, and especially all of his suspected murders. To say this guy was complex would be an understatement! If you have any paranormal stories, or questions, you want Mike and Dave to answer for you, or give their advice on, send them to odysseyfilesradio@gmail.com!

2hr 6mins

13 Apr 2021