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Case study on Dr. H. H. Holmes

Dr. H. H. Holmes is considered America’s first serial killer. The number of victims is estimated to be 27, and later discoveries of corpses revealed as many as 200. Holmes initially committed crimes such as fraud and forgery. In 1893 he built a three story building and named it the “castle” as a hotel, drug store, and commercial store fronts for the Chicago World’s Fair. Holmes used the windowless hotel to lure his victims in to torture and kill. He was arrested by Pinkertons for horse thieving in 1895. While the investigations for fraud and theft were ongoing police discovered his connection to his assistant Benjamin Pitezel, and three of his children. Holmes was put on trial for the murder…