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10 Facts About America’s First Serial Killer - H.H. Holmes

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Check out our New Biography Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/biographics In philosophy, determinists believe that free will is an illusion and that, therefore, human beings can’t be held morally responsible for their actions. As a result of nature and nurture, man’s actions are inevitable. Although he was unable to articulate determinists’ philosophy, HH Holmes believed that he was born to kill. He believed that he had no control over his actions whatsoever, and therefore would not even apologize for the lives that he claimed. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Brutal Historic Serial Killers https://youtu.be/qSZwX8aNhxs?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIYyd7gYfzJto1ix7J_3r-6 Top 10 Bizarre and Brutal Criminals Cases https://youtu.be/VusJyweaVGE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIYyd7gYfzJto1ix7J_3r-6 Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-fascinating-facts-hh-holmes.php Coming up: 10. Nature or Nurture? 9. Crime started at early age 8. Acquisition of Murder Castle 7. Construction of the Castle 6. The Murder Castle 5. Luring his Guests/Victims 4. Holmes’s Arrest 3. Confession 2. Possible Escape 1. Devil in the White City Source/Further reading: https://youtu.be/_zFuC8TFRWA https://www.biography.com/people/hh-holmes-307622 https://books.google.com/books?id=lYUyDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT22&lpg=PT22&dq=holmes+decided+to+enroll+in+the+university+of+michigan%E2%80%99s+school+of+medicine+and+surgery&source=bl&ots=4EJ7wngHKN&sig=DP9BJ77swUYQabmn7LhtMmSqOLE https://youtu.be/4km6ad3Sstc http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-serial-killer-white-city-flashback-1026-20141025-story.html http://www.history.com/topics/murder-castle http://chicagoist.com/2015/11/02/i_was_born_with_the_devil_in_me_a_h.php https://youtu.be/fn5n0dwFOwk https://www.biography.com/news/hh-holmes-victims https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/hhholmes.html http://chicagoist.com/2015/11/02/i_was_born_with_the_devil_in_me_a_h.php https://youtu.be/lCw-JssLBeE http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-international/HH-Holmes-Gravesite-Yeadon-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Jack-the-Ripper-Dig-UPenn-University-History-Channel-435035933.html?_osource=taboola-recirc http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/the-devil-in-the-white-city-film-martin-scorsese-leonardo-dicaprio-hh-holmes-serial-killer-movie-a7486186.html http://beach-mcininch.com/mcininch/photos/McIninch-Amanda-Holmes-Wetmore-H.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ac/Dr._Henry_Howard_Holmes_%28Herman_Webster_Mudgett%29.jpg/1200px-Dr._Henry_Howard_Holmes_%28Herman_Webster_Mudgett%29.jpg https://22293-presscdn-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/oily_rag_IMG_0036.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3138/3092240036_03a12801d6_b.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/Bullying_on_Instituto_Regional_Federico_Err%C3%A1zuriz_%28IRFE%29_in_March_5%2C_2007.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/The_University_of_Vermont_-_My_Alma_Mater_-_panoramio_%281%29.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Experiments_with_cadavers_and_severed_heads_Essai_th_orique_et_exp_rimental_sur_le_galvanisme_1804.jpg http://p4.qhimg.com/t016e637cf6facbc2ac.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/53/H._H._Holmes.jpg https://content.onliner.by/news/1100x5616/897d86d621a9b92400221f2d8a3b8302.jpeg
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Keyonni Williams (2 hours ago)
His *"murder castle"* reminded me of the *Sarah Winchester* house.
Doc Holiday (23 hours ago)
I see him more in a fedora than a bowler.
rpauls24 (2 days ago)
This guy sounds so cool... accent and voice
The Girl On The Moon (4 days ago)
H. H. Holmes was a horrible person and a murderer, but he was also a genious.
War Torn Heart (1 month ago)
TopTenz--you need only kill 2 people to be considered 'serial' so lots of famed cowboys & lawmen alike (Billy the Kid, Bass Reeves etc etc ) so hes not the 1st just the most prolific. Ed Gein isn't technically a serial killer, he killed one.
Autumn Yates (1 month ago)
Probably not America's first... but maybe the first KNOWN serial killer. There were probably others but they were just never caught. A lot of serial killers had things happen in their childhoods... while they are still horrible people I feel mildly bad for them because theres a reason they are so messed up mentally.
Philomena Scanlon (1 month ago)
some of the facts on Holmes/ the ripper are off....
vince (1 month ago)
Great piece on HH Holmes.. and the narrator has a great speaking voice, I could listen to anything he has to say...
Bronwyn B (2 months ago)
I really think H.H.Holmes was Jack The Ripper
Steve Piekarski (2 months ago)
You need to check your facts with Jeff Mudgett himself. The DNA tests were inconclusive, and the corpse exhumed did not match Holmes' physical size. He has a Facebook page, Bloodstains. Look it up.
Robert Folkner (3 months ago)
Holmes did ask for forgiveness. Having converted in jail to Catholicism, he requested the Last Rites and got them.
AngeliqueStP (3 months ago)
Yeah ....like a lot of people are pointing out Mudgett was definitely NOT the first serial killer in America, hell, he wasn't even the 100 & 1st. Violent psychopaths occurred all through history, coming to us in myths of werewolves, monsters, and Grimm fairy tales. People like the Harp Brothers, Thomas Piper, the Bloody Benders, even Jesse Pomeroy were all active slayers during this period of time. Plus, victims only 'counted' if they were fellow white men; if you wanted to scratch that itch for murder, just become one of the notorious 'injun killers' (like the cannibal Jeremiah Johnson) or you could just join the army, butcher to your heart's content, and earn a promotion out of it.
JeepGirl OlllO (3 months ago)
H.H.Holmes did NOT die !!! See the show "American Ripper".
War Torn Heart (1 month ago)
JeepGirl OlllO--they admitted they were inconclusive. Their show ended with 'the identity of JTR continues to be a mystery. - Now they did go further than almost anyone on this cold case but they had lots of circumstantial evidence which is kind of convincing.  **Oddly they did find his bones under 2 burial plots, 10 feet of dirt instead of 6ft with concrete atop. They concluded the dna on the remains was Holmes. * they are the 2nd set of cold case detectives to track the ripper back to HH Holmes.
Oluwatosin Felix (3 months ago)
Came here to research H H Holmes because it was mentioned on Timeless
Doc Holiday (3 months ago)
That we know. There are hints of them even earlier.
Doc Holiday (28 days ago)
I thought of the same quote when I wrote it a defense by a Nazi at Nuremberg that he was no different than Lord Kitchener in his treatment of the Boars or the American Army with Southern P.O.W.s
War Torn Heart (28 days ago)
Doc Holiday-you made me think of a twisted quote by Stalin. "One death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic"
Doc Holiday (1 month ago)
I agree with you there are some rulers we could label as such but they used the convention of a fixed trial. There are other men and women that we just don't have enough evidence to definitely say for sure but they are in the 100's if not 1000's.
War Torn Heart (1 month ago)
history is littered with serial killers.
Keith Drummond (3 months ago)
Excellent. I thought I knew everything pertaining to this story. But I learned new things in this story.
Adrastia (3 months ago)
He wouldn't be able to get away with it so long today. Maybe if he built his murder castle in a very remote location with no cell coverage. But with the internet people would quickly find out what was going on. Someone inside would upload pictures and video or call someone. Even if he blocked phone usage inside the building people would complain they had no cell coverage. There's no way anyone today would be able to stand that. Unless of course he simply blocked phones only when he was choosing a victim then claimed technical problems if anyone complained. I think a modern version of this story with stuff like that might be interesting. Especially if they found ways to make everything just so clever that no one figured it out for a long time even if the murder castle was in a big city. He couldn't use gas pipes unless he was advertising the place as a quaint authentic 19th century getaway. But hidden gas pipes would be fine in a modern structure. Also, some old buildings still have remnants of their gas lighting system. I lived in a house like that. The fixtures has been removed and the hardware left over was just painted.
Zach Larsen (4 months ago)
While it is certainly far from an established fact this show does not due the theory that Holmes was the Ripper enough credit. All the crimes that are believed to be attributed to the Ripper happened in the late 1880's so that would mean Holmes was still alive during the crime spree. There is also compelling evidence that Holmes ran off to London during the time frame of the Rippers most famous crimes,.
chimookoman (4 months ago)
I highly doubt he was the first cereal killer. People have been around way too long for him to be the first
anony moose (4 months ago)
So the fact that every one disappearing around him wasn't suspicious ?
Chris Corcione (5 months ago)
I think Tom Hardy would be a better fit for the role of Holmes. I like Leo but I see Tom's face when I see the pictures of Holmes.
Jordan Pope (6 months ago)
Lol we have the same birthday
Jan Brüggemann (6 months ago)
Wow I used to love Triple H
Thomas Ferguson (6 months ago)
Intriguing thought is H.H. Holmes also Jack the Ripper?
Charles Smith (7 months ago)
The ORIGINAL Triple H.!!!!!!
Theresa T. (8 months ago)
its suspected that he was jack the ripper, because he was a doctor, a serial killer and was in europe during 1888
Andreas Ringsby (8 months ago)
Did he have any companions? And what about the staff at the hotel, did they know what Holmes was up to?
Crazyk9 AJ (8 months ago)
My last name is Holmes.... oops
Rumble Shakes (8 months ago)
There's a theory that H.H. Holmes was also Jack the Ripper. There's a period where he wasn't killing in America but there weren't records of him during this period which was the same time Jack the Ripper was killing.
Patti Morris (4 months ago)
Rumble Shakes The methods of killing by H H Holmes would preclude his reincarnation as the prostitute-gutting Ripper. Holmes murdered by remote means & only “dirtied” his hands to turn the bodies into skeletons for sale to medical schools (or dissolved in acid). The Ripper, while displaying some talent for butchery, seemed to be an opportunistic killer in the dark alleys of the rabbit warren known as 1890’s London. His killings were rushed & furtive, more an act of momentary rage.
Git Wilma (8 months ago)
That would have been a crazy turn of events if H.H. really went on to become Jack the Ripper!
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Neo Reptile (8 months ago)
Could Holmes be Jack the Ripper? There's no evidence of Holmes being in America in the time of the london killings maybe he went on a trip to London?
G F 23 (8 months ago)
Of course this all happened in Chicago 😂😂😂😂
Rhonda Willis (8 months ago)
Simon is cool as hell!!!
Crona Dargarth (9 months ago)
No mention that AHS Hotel was based on the H H Holmes Murder Castle?!
Kenneth Null (9 months ago)
Did this remind any one else of the murder house from ghost hunt
Demer Satas (9 months ago)
Most people forget that this was also the first example of an over-sensationalized news story, supposedly "uncovered" by two news companies in a feud for ratings and sales. It secured the reputation of the Hearst news empire and solidified "yellow journalism" in the mainstream press. In the end, only 3 of his murders were ever truly verified. The rest were invented by writers, and by Holmes himself because he was amused by the publicity. It is kind-of sad how many people take the news stories at face value, and get tricked by them.
Dave Ewing (9 months ago)
Homes is interesting...to a degree. However, so little of his crimes can be proven even slightly. His own autobiography was mostly lies. Plus pulp magazines of the time and decades later exaggerated his life. The truth will never be known.
LadyVaJedi (9 months ago)
Thanks for sharing the history lesson!!!
Gordon Ferrar (10 months ago)
His mum and dad look like fun.
Thyroid Storm (10 months ago)
Who is here because of American Horror Story?
PA Browncoat Brewer (10 months ago)
He was also featured in an episode of the show Timeless. One of the main characters stopped him from killing her by calling him Herman Mudgett instead of Mr. Holmes.
The Creeper (10 months ago)
I like these videos...This one however has so many facts crisscrossed and flat out wrong.....A shame.....!😔
x KURT x (10 months ago)
I think I'm born to kill (:
Pip Smith (11 months ago)
Why did he want the Pitzel children?
happyfacefries (4 months ago)
Pip Smith probably either to take out insurance policies and/or to torture and kill. Children are more vulnerable and easier to attract.
AWEtistic (11 months ago)
First serial killer? Maybe not. But definitely one of the worst. This guy took killing and torturing to a whole new level.
Timothy McCaskey (19 days ago)
Devo Davis: You beat me to the punch. I remember watching something about the Harpe brothers on the History Channel (back when the History Channel use to actually delve into History). One of the brothers bashed the head of his infant child who was crying against a tree because authorities were nearby and he didn't want to risk getting caught. The brothers were Sociopaths 2.0. It seems to me that their loyalties were with the British during the American Revolution and this certainly didn't endear them to the locals after the war. Being outcasts however certainly didn't justify their bloodthirsty behavior.
Wind (2 months ago)
You have no idea , when you read up on the guy it's waaaaaaaay worse than any video i have seen about him has yet to cover . I's believed he was already killing people for many years , like a boy that went missing after talking to him or one that died after taking medicine from the drug store he worked in .The children he adopted were sold as prostitutes , it's even been theorized he was jack the ripper since this all happened in the same time line . Evil should be abbreviated as HH.
nichtmich (4 months ago)
Devo Davis Would be interested in links to any info on these brothers, as I know a man named Harp whose family stories speak of similar gentlemen. We've done some genealogy on Harp's family who always lived on the river front according to a plaque dedicated to his grandfather in Evansville, IN. He also spoke of vigilante action resulting in a section of an Illinois cemetery (not sure of the name) becoming known as the "Harp's Hill" section. Lol, more research to be done.
Daniel Callahan (5 months ago)
Devo Davis thank you devo Davis ive never heard of these guys i now must investigate. I love discovering new killer's(although technically i didn't discover anything but i think you know what i mean lol)
Devo Davis (5 months ago)
+Daniel Callahan Don't forget *Micajah “Big” Harpe and Wiley “Little” Harpe* , the murdering highwaymen/river pirates who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Mississippi in the late 18th century. Loyal to the Crown during the Revolution, the *Harpe Brothers* became outlaws after the war and began robbing and killing settlers in the remote frontier west of the Appalachian Mountains. They are believed to have killed thirty-nine people, possibly as many as fifty. Their savagery appears to have been motivated (in many cases) more by blood lust than any financial gain. In 1797 they were driven from a Tennessee town after being charged with stealing hogs and horses. They were also accused of murdering a man whose body was found in a river, covered in urine and ripped open, with the chest cavity filled and weighted down with stones. This became a signature corpse-disposal method of the Harpes' killings. They reportedly butchered anyone at the slightest provocation, even babies. They spent time with various highway-robbery and Ohio-river pirate gangs, got locked up, escaped, moved often, killed people, and wound up back in Tennessee. Everywhere they went, bodies were found with all manner of fatal injuries, their bodies often decapitated or cut open to fill with those heavy rocks. In Logan County, they killed a little girl, a young slave, and an entire family they found asleep in their camp. As their crimes gained notoriety, vigilante groups formed to avenge their victims, and they were eventually tracked down and executed right around the turn of the 19th century. The Harpe brothers are definitely "first", and I think they're at least contenders for most cruel. I don't see why there isn't an uber-violent horror movie about them, to be honest.
Brian Brooklyn (11 months ago)
I hear they’re going to do a movie about him this year . Leo decapricio going to actor
happyfacefries (4 months ago)
Brian Brooklyn if you actually watched the video, you would know that it's on it.
Teeth Pinata (11 months ago)
HOMES NOT HOLMS.
Get Game (11 months ago)
Vsause
Richard Knopf (11 months ago)
Would it be possible for Toptenz ( who apparently think subtitles are necessary due perhaps to the narrator's " foreign accent " ) to use basic punctuation, i.e. periods and capital letters, rather than endless run-on sentences ? How about spell check ? Even Holmes' name is mispelled several times as "Homs" and even "Honza " . Annoying and disconcerting.
Sapier UK (1 year ago)
Jack the ripper was 8 years before he was executed and in the program, they found that Holmes had possibly been to England and could have been there while the ripper was active. Though it could not be proven.
Mandi Wilson (1 year ago)
Simon, you said Holmes was arrested in 1994 for insurance fraud.
happyfacefries (4 months ago)
Mandi Wilson no, he said 1894
Siraceman 13420/9 (9 months ago)
He’s actually my great great great uncle, Mudget is my grandfathers mothers last name I hate being related to this monster but it is fact even though I never knew my grandfathers mother was extremely sweet according to my dad so not all mudgets were evil.
jmchez (1 year ago)
Yikes! Treat your children well.
zenfrodo (1 year ago)
"In philosophy, determinists believe that free will is an illusion and that, therefore, human beings can’t be held morally responsible for their actions. As a result of nature and nurture, man’s actions are inevitable" In which case, the only moral & ethical response to folks like HH Holmes is the death penalty. Remove 'em from the gene pool. If they can't control themselves & can't be responsible for their actions, then for safety & to protect the human race, these people should be removed, not allowed to breed, and not allowed to have kids, so they won't pass on whatever it is that determines their actions.
Brian Jackson (1 year ago)
Damn he died on my birthday
MikeKye200 (1 year ago)
"It was reported that Holmes' neck did not break quickly on the gallows, and that he stayed alive for nearly twenty minutes, before finally suffocating".   Excellent.
happyfacefries (4 months ago)
MikeKye200 my exact thoughts
AWEtistic (11 months ago)
Considering how much he enjoyed suffocating people, it seams like an appropriate death.
Mae Michelle (1 year ago)
I heard a year or so ago from a friend that Leo DiCaprio is going to star in an adaption to this story. I was very pleased with this, but I haven't heard anything about it since. Someone please tell me that my friend didn't make this up !
Jose Alanis (2 months ago)
It starts filming next year Martin Scorsese will be directing
Remedy (1 year ago)
Fun fact: the guests staying at Holmes Murder Castle would leave the first ever "yelp" reviews, the problem those yelps would never be heard beyond the soundproofed walls of the killing rooms.
happyfacefries (4 months ago)
Remedy umm, but really fun if that were to be a fact.
capyboof (1 year ago)
For some reason whenever simon talks I can't help but be mesmerized by his facial expressions
IoEstasCedonta (1 year ago)
Hang on - I think you're conflating two notions with #2. The Ripper murders took place before most of the Murder Castle murders, didn't they?
Adam Ethridge (1 year ago)
Herman Mudget what a terrible name
Siraceman 13420/9 (9 months ago)
Adam Ethridge I agree doesn’t sound right, my ansectors gave it to him my grandfathers mother was a mudget (the exact same family)
Drea Jeffries (1 year ago)
History channel needs to hire Simon to narrate for their doccumentaries.
Dont Trip (1 year ago)
Triple H the cerebral... I mean serial assassin
H VonWolfenstein (1 year ago)
Creepy!
Robbie berg (1 year ago)
i wonder if there are some crazies out there that still think he is alive
Greatest Queen (1 year ago)
Devil in the White City is a great book.
Caesar2k1 (1 year ago)
The servant girl annihilator and the bloody benders were American serial killers that existed before hh Holmes, the only reason they aren't usually considered Americas first serial killers because they lived in what were backwaters at the time and Chicago was cosmopolitan
McGuinty2 (1 year ago)
Based on that photo of him in the bowler hat, Chris Pine should play this dude in a movie. Their facial features are eerily similar and Chris is a character actor stuck behind a leading man's face. He could totally pull a Charlize Theron in "Monster".
busey boo (8 months ago)
McGuinty2 Leonardo DiCaprio is going to play him, not sure when the film is due for release though
Jack Williams (1 year ago)
No one is born to kill. It just depends on whether or not they've seen the Emoji movie...
Christi Coxx (4 months ago)
Ha
Jacob Robert (8 months ago)
Chicken Fries as Did i🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
G F 23 (8 months ago)
Jack Williams honestly I thought u were gonna write a serious comment until I got to the emoji movie bit 😂😂😂😂😭😭😭
Pezled (1 year ago)
In the Top Tenz video released Jan 1 2018, you state that HH Holmes parents were cruel and strict and that his father held kerosene rags over his children's mouths. The BIOGRAPHICS video, also narrated by YOU, states that the tales of HH Holmes father using chloroform soaked rags as punishment was bad reporting and that his parents were fine upstanding people.. So which is it?
Christopher Ellis (1 year ago)
The thrill of evil?
Mike Sabbe (1 year ago)
How can you hang for 20 min........ Smells like BS to me xD
NukaColaQT (1 year ago)
Hanging, if done right, is supposed to snap the neck and kill the person instantly. However, if it is not done properly, whether it be bad/new rope, knot placement, wrong knots, etc, it is very possible for a hanged person to survive the initial hanging and then slowly suffocate as the windpipe is squeezed due to the weight of their body. There are cases of people actually surviving hangings and others taking several minutes or longer to die. Whenever you see a hanging in a movie and the person struggles and flails, that's a hanging done poorly. I can't remember what year my parents were born but this is what sticks in my head... Ugh.
Tyler Patch (1 year ago)
Mike Sabbe Then I suggest you learn why nooses aren't the most effective suffocation method.
mythologynut (1 year ago)
So glad you mentioned Supernatural, that's where I first learned of H. H. Holmes.
Tina's baby (6 months ago)
Yeah Supernatural is an awesome show. They did a great job with not overselling the Holmes story/episode so much it overshadowed the show. I love Supernatural.
Thomas Ferguson (6 months ago)
mythologynut, same here.
JoJo Merriman (7 months ago)
Same
Jordan Newman (1 year ago)
The timeline in # 2 makes no sense. Jack the Ripper killed between 1888-1891. Yet he claims that in 1896 he escaped hanging in Philadelphia and fled to London to continue killing as Jack the Ripper.
Rachel Franco (9 months ago)
humberto Santos I was going to say the same. I watched that whole season, and I found it intriguing. In the show, they were following a paper trail of H.H. Holmes and theyy lost track of him in late 1888. They got a list of names from a port in London around the time that they believed Holmes left, and found 3 names that Holmes also used as aliases that were aboard the ship. The paper trail of Holmes picks back up in the US a few months after The Ripper killings ended in London. Newspaper articles published after Holmes' execution claimed "Ripper style" killings were going on in the US. Many believe it was just hype and/or amateur copycats, since they proved that Holmes did die at his execution.
Jordan Newman (1 year ago)
That makes more sense.
humberto Santos (1 year ago)
Jordan Newman Actually I saw that episode and the guy did not say that. He said H.H.Holmes first started killing in london and then moved to america, it was the episode where they checked the ship logs for holmes name. Simon got it wrong.
Eddie Brock (1 year ago)
He was definitely one of the worst.
Siraceman 13420/9 (9 months ago)
Eddie Brock agreed my Uncle was terrible.
Carlton B (1 year ago)
Much of the information in this video comes from Twentieth century fiction writers. His victims had names didn't they? What is the name of the boy who disappeared in New York? What is the name of the boy who died in Philadelphia? If 200 persons disappeared attending the Chicago World's fair, the relatives would have made inquiries. The Chicago police would have records, and their names would be known. The owner of the Drugstore wasn't a widow, she and her husband are known to have lived into the 20th century, well after selling the drugstore to Holmes. When Holmes was selling his story to tabloids from prison, he invented the stories about his bad childhood, and about the torture items in the basement. There is no independent evidence of any of this. If he advertised heavily, where are the ads in newspapers? The say so of fiction writers isn't enough. A number of person he confessed to killing were found alive. I like your channels, but this was below standard. Next, you're going to talk about gold trains, bigfoot, and Yamashita's gold. YouTube is riddled with these types of substandard stories, and telling the truth about HH Holmes would have made a much better video than the dozen or so videos about him already out there.
AnnaAnnaYes (1 year ago)
"Who ever sheds the Blood of Man,shall his own blood be Shed" Genesis 9:6.
Nobody Knows (11 months ago)
Cut my finger, guess I'm doubly screwed?
Vicky Wiley (1 year ago)
Was Holms a drug addict or an alcoholic?
happyfacefries (4 months ago)
Vicky Wiley does it matter??
Minnesota Fatz (1 year ago)
food deprevation and isolation are pretty solid ways to drive someone crazy, especially if that someone is a child.
Victory UTA (1 year ago)
Sounds like he had severe frontal lobe issues but thats not enough to want him to walk freely among society. I think there is only one solution to the murder of a child, and it was implemented appropriately.
SandyzSerious (1 year ago)
Another sicko.
javi m (1 year ago)
the harpe brothers were the first documented serial killers around the 1790s
Caesar2k1 (11 months ago)
javi m funny thing is, if you look up toptenz video about the top10 most brutal serial killers, they mention that
Dawn Morris (1 year ago)
It is pronounced Homes not hoLmes...as in Sherlock Holmes.(Homes)
Nobody Knows (11 months ago)
Maybe you pronounce it wrong because where I come from, the L isn't just there for looks.
Johny Ricco (1 year ago)
Often times when hangings were “botched” it was deliberate because the hangman did not like the man. One of the Nazis sentenced at Nuremburg died of a particularly bad hanging after insulting his hangman. Hangmen also claimed it was a tradition in the profession to hang themselves when they become ill or infirm.
PhantomFilmAustralia (4 months ago)
Like when Percy didn't wet the sponge when Delacroix fried in the electric chair in The Green Mile.
Larry Pruitt (11 months ago)
Nice guy that H.H. Holmes they should've dissected him while still alive like they did poor William Wallace
bluhousworker (1 year ago)
False Harpe Brothers and many of the early settlers.
Em Tims (1 year ago)
These insurance fraud cases are the reason why you can't just take out insurance on any random person anymore. Prior, people were able to take out insurance on almost strangers. You can guess what happened.
Deyva100 (1 year ago)
Few things incorrect. I watched the documentary series referenced here and they did dig up his grave, finding Holmes' remains. They tested DNA to his mentioned living relative and confirmed it was him. Holmes did not fake his death. However, the claim that he may be Jack the Ripper is still up in the air. Those murders took place while Holmes was alive. There was a clear paper trail of his crimes in America leading up to a point and then stopped cold for a time before picking up again. It was during that down time that the whole of the Ripper murders took place over seas. That and a computer generator compiled all witness descriptions of the Ripper into one image and its strikingly similar to Holmes.
Siraceman 13420/9 (9 months ago)
Deyva100 they didn’t test mine he was a ansectoral Uncle.
Vilhelmo De Okcidento (1 year ago)
Determinists do NOT believe people shouldn't be held responsible for their actions.
Jake S (1 year ago)
House of horrors
Conor Andrews (1 year ago)
Someone watched Sherlock
ShadoeFax (1 year ago)
Isn't he considered the ripper too?
Andy Valenzuela (1 year ago)
Biographics did it better...
TopTenz (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching both.
Ship Creek (1 year ago)
I read Devil in the white city many years ago. Its was certainly a compelling read.
Disavowal F (1 year ago)
Don't forget that Evan Peter's character in American Horror Story: Hotel, James Patrick March, is also based on H H Holmes, as The Hotel Cortez is based on the murder castle! Happy New Year, everybody...stop obsessing about Star Wars and enjoy all that life has to offer! ;o)
Patti Morris (4 months ago)
HoCB F Wow 😮 loved that season of AHS. Gotta watch it again, didn’t catch the reference of March to Holmes. Thanx.
christine paris (1 year ago)
HoCB F Just watched the whole season, wow!
Robert Folkner (1 year ago)
The Castle was not burned down. The upper floors did, while the first floor remained intact. It was rebuilt as a real hotel but was sold to the government but a controlling hotel consortium (the chairperson was a woman in her eighties who received the largest individual share.) The Castle remained until 1937 and was then destroyed; it was replaced by a post office. The date is born out by a photo of it which clearly shows a then modern car behind it.
Trine Daely (1 year ago)
First “modern serial killer” in the US, but a long way from actually being the first here.
J H (1 year ago)
He would be born in my home city.
Dahli Lance (1 year ago)
Wow his father was like my mother.
pineapplepenumbra (7 months ago)
I'm sorry to hear that.
Antonio Acevedo (1 year ago)
It was an excellent presentation. The only elation that I felt was when it was reported that H.H Holmes died a slow death while being hanged. The video claimed it took almost 20 minutes to kill him.
hoosierarcher (1 year ago)
It's more syntactically and factuallt correct to call H.H. Holmes America's first known serial killer.

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