H.H. Holmes (Herman Mudgett) Trial (1896):
 Selected Links & Bibliography
by Kaitlin Woody

Herman Mudgett, more infamously known by his alias Dr. H. H. Holmes, was tried and convicted for the murder of Benjamin Pitezel.  Known for being one of the first documented American serial killers, Holmes confessed, originally, to 100 murders but later recanted his story and changed the number to 27.  For this confession he was paid $7,500 by Hearst Newspapers. The exact number of his victims remains undermined, with estimates ranging from 27 to well over 100.  Many of Mudgett's murders took place in a hotel he operated in Chicago around the time of the 1893 World's Fair hosted in that city.  Numerous unusual features show that Mudgett designed and built his hotel (often called "the Castle") with the murder of women clearly on his mind.


H.H. Holmes (Wikipedia)

H.H. Holmes: Master of Illusion (TruTV)

'The Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes' (Weird & Haunted Chicago)

"H.H. Holmes- 'I was born with the devil in me.'"(Murder By Gaslight)




Chicago Tribune (8/18/1895): "Modern Bluebeard: H.H. Holmes' Castles (sic) Reveals His True Character"

Harper's Magazine (12/1943): "The master of the murder castle: A classic of Chicago crime"

Philadelphia Weekly (10/29/2003): "Holmes Sweet Holmes"

Fosters.com (1/31/2010): "H.H. Holmes: The New Hampshire roots of America's first serial killer"

The Chicago Daily Tribune: "H.H. Holmes is Pronounced a Degenerate"

H.H. Holmes' "Murder Castle"


H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004)

Director: John Borowski



The Holmes - Pitezel Case: A History of the Greatest Crime of the Century and of the Search for the Missing Pitezel Children (1896)
By Detective Frank P. Geyer


  Borowski, John. The Strange Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes. (Waterfront Productions, 2008)

Franke, David. The Torture Doctor. (Avon, 1976)

Geyer, Frank P, Lawrence J. Gutter Collection of Chicagoana (University of Illinois at Chicago) The Holmes-Pitezel Case: A History of Greatest Crime of the Country. (BiblioBazaar, 2009)

Griffith, William.  The Murder Castle of H. H. Holmes: Eyewitness Accounts, Diagrams, and Photos. (A Goon Attack, 2011)

Johnson Ph.D., Scott P. Trials of the Century:An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and the Law. (ABC-CLIO, 2010)

  Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. (Vintage, 2004)

  Schecter, Harold. Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H. H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-of-the-Century Chicago. (Pocket Books, 2008)

  Snavely, Judy Miller. Devil's Disciple: The Deadly  Dr. H. H. Holmes. (AuthorHouse, 2006)