31 Days of Spook – H.H. Holmes

23 Oct

I know you are asking yourself who in the world is H.H. Holmes and why is he being featured on my 31 Days of Spook?  The name sounds so plain and innocent.  But I assure, it is not.  You see H.H. Holmes is the common name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (who was actually born Herman Webster Mudgett – try to figure that out huh?)  H.H. Holmes is considered America’s First Serial Killer.  Does the name sound innocent now?

Most people that want to become a doctor go into the field hoping to prevent death. H.H. Holmes went to school to become a doctor to help him out more in causing death and destruction.  Let’s start from here and let me explain to you what H.H. Holmes actually did.

It starts out in 1886 in Chicago.  H.H. Holmes built a hotel right in town near all of the fair activities.  In the time that he was building it, he often brought in different construction crews to add things and then fired that crew afterwards.  Again the next day hiring a different construction crew to work on something else at the hotel.  That way, not one construction crew or person knew of the intricacies of the hotel.  What intricacies?  Well like 100’s of windowless rooms, doorways that opened into brick walls, stairways leading to nowhere, doors that opened from the outside and don’t forget the fun rooms.  The rooms that had soundproof walls and gas lines in them to asphyxiate the guests.  Or rooms that had walls covered with iron plates and blowtorches to incinerate guests.  Or the secret hanging chamber… or the basement where he would dissect, strip the flesh off guests and then sale their bodies to medical schools.  What a host huh?

The hotel was nicknamed the Castle by the people of the area and it was three stories and a block long.  The name of the actual hotel was called the World’s Fair Hotel.  Yep, you guessed it.  The hotel was right there in the same area of the World Fair in 1893.  Just think of all of the innocent people coming to  Chicago for the World’s Fair.  They see this nice, new hotel and check in thinking they are safe… and then they are never heard from again.  Thus in the end, the hotel was then called the Murder Castle.

In the end, justice was given to H.H. Holmes.  He was eventually caught and although he claimed to have killed 27 people, it is actually thought the count could be well over 200 people!  What’s even more interesting is that H.H. Holmes is even linked to the likes of Jack the Ripper.  Some people even think that they may be one and the same.  H.H. Holmes was actually in London during the killings of Jack the Ripper.  And of course, Jack the Ripper was actually a very clean cut killer – some believe that he had a medical background.  With all of the killing that H.H. Holmes did, I would think he would fit that bill.  Do you?

Picture Mugshot from Wikipedia


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29 responses to “31 Days of Spook – H.H. Holmes

  1. hairballexpress

    10/23/2015 at 1:11 am

    What a creepy human!! I’ll bet he had FLEAS!😾

    • Piglove

      10/23/2015 at 9:31 am

      That *has* to be it my friend. He was an evil man for sure. XOXO – Bacon

      • hairballexpress

        10/23/2015 at 3:55 pm

        Scary! I’m glad he’s not around anymore!🙀

    • CarolMaeWY

      10/24/2015 at 12:32 am

      Bet he had worms! More disgusting. Probably started with poor helpless animals. 😢

      • hairballexpress

        10/24/2015 at 1:01 am


      • Piglove

        10/24/2015 at 7:14 pm

        It actually started with his cousin. He killed one of his cousins at age 6 or 7. The horrid of that. A child killing a child and he got away with it. XOXO – Bacon

      • CarolMaeWY

        10/24/2015 at 7:20 pm

        How awful! 😟

  2. evilsquirrel13

    10/23/2015 at 1:13 am

    He felt like he had to give his brother Sherlock some crimes to solve, I guess…

    • Piglove

      10/23/2015 at 9:31 am

      True dat! XOXO – Bacon

  3. speedyrabbit

    10/23/2015 at 1:47 am

    Hmmm that is a creepy fellow glad they caught him in the end,xx Speedy

    • Piglove

      10/23/2015 at 9:32 am

      He was pure and evil. I think I read that he killed his first person at the age of 11 or 12. Can you imagine? So evil! XOXO – Bacon

  4. easyweimaraner

    10/23/2015 at 3:28 am

    oh my… the howltel of Norman Bates momma sounds like a good place compared with Mr. Holmes’ hotel… I watched a Jack The Ripper documentation in TV and there they showed some evidences that it can be possible that Holmes was the ripper…

    • Piglove

      10/23/2015 at 9:33 am

      It was interesting wasn’t it brother? The similarities are there and it would solve the mystery of who was Jack the Ripper. This guy was so evil. XOXO – Bacon

  5. Midwestern Plant Girl

    10/23/2015 at 6:37 am

    I’m near Chicago and had read stories of this guy. .. SCARY!!

    • Piglove

      10/23/2015 at 9:36 am

      I know! I think there is a post office where this castle used to be. The post office still reports paranormal activity I believe in the basement area. XOXO – Bacon

  6. CarolMaeWY

    10/24/2015 at 12:32 am

    How did he meet his end?

    • Piglove

      10/24/2015 at 7:22 pm

      He was heavily involved in insurance fraud. Short story – One of his cohorts that worked with him at the castle he killed for insurance purposes. He then took his children and left town with them… which he ended up killing in different places. One of the children he left in a house in a fireplace that was found. That was the murder he was eventually charged with in the end. He was a horrid man indeed. XOXO – Bacon

      • CarolMaeWY

        10/24/2015 at 7:24 pm

        A real Satin! 👿

      • Piglove

        10/24/2015 at 7:30 pm

        YES. He really was. XOXO – Bacon

      • CarolMaeWY

        10/24/2015 at 7:28 pm

        Thanks for the follow-up Bacon!

      • Piglove

        10/24/2015 at 7:30 pm

        You are so welcome my friend. I hope that you have been enjoying my 31 Days of Spook. XOXO – Bacon

      • CarolMaeWY

        10/24/2015 at 7:32 pm

        Yes! I’m inspired! 😈 😻

      • Piglove

        10/24/2015 at 7:33 pm

        aaww thanks – I work hard all year long on this month. XOXO – Bacon

      • CarolMaeWY

        10/24/2015 at 7:35 pm

        It shows!

  7. gentlestitches

    10/24/2015 at 5:05 am

    WoW! he makes all the other bad guys look TAME! What an evil, psychotic, nut job! o_O

    • Piglove

      10/24/2015 at 7:25 pm

      Amen Auntie Sharon. You said it best – NUT JOB. XOXO – Bacon

  8. The Canadian Cats

    10/24/2015 at 3:39 pm

    My Catness!! What a sly and positively evil man. Preying on innocent peeps like that. Gives me gossey loosey bumps.


    • Piglove

      10/24/2015 at 7:28 pm

      I know! He was a horrid guy. Don’t you worry my friends. I wouldn’t let him near my beauties! XOXO – Bacon


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