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H. H. Holmes H. H. Holmes' story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes at a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was just being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper though, Holmes' motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity. Inside you will read about... - H H. H. Holmes H. H. Holmes' story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes at a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was just being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper though, Holmes' motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity. Inside you will read about... - Herman Webster Mudgett, the Medical Student - Settling in Chicago - Murders in the Mansion - The World's Deadliest Fair - Suicide or Murder - America's First Serial Killer And much more! Fueled by an intense desire for money, Holmes sought the fastest way to make money with the least amount of effort possible. Throughout his life he would commit devastating murders for money, properly earning him the title of America's first serial killer.


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H. H. Holmes H. H. Holmes' story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes at a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was just being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper though, Holmes' motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity. Inside you will read about... - H H. H. Holmes H. H. Holmes' story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes at a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was just being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper though, Holmes' motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity. Inside you will read about... - Herman Webster Mudgett, the Medical Student - Settling in Chicago - Murders in the Mansion - The World's Deadliest Fair - Suicide or Murder - America's First Serial Killer And much more! Fueled by an intense desire for money, Holmes sought the fastest way to make money with the least amount of effort possible. Throughout his life he would commit devastating murders for money, properly earning him the title of America's first serial killer.

30 review for H. H. Holmes: The Life of the American Ripper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Good info, scary but good! H.H. Holmes: The Life of the American Ripper by Hourly History tells the true story of a very sick psycho and doesn't pull punches! Starts from birth on. Excellent info. The only thing I was disappointed with is that there was no pictures! Good info, scary but good! H.H. Holmes: The Life of the American Ripper by Hourly History tells the true story of a very sick psycho and doesn't pull punches! Starts from birth on. Excellent info. The only thing I was disappointed with is that there was no pictures!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Goodwin

    Not a long book - more like a novella but even so, it gives you enough information to see what kind if a diabolical person H H Holmes. This will probably make you want to read more about him. I also read Depraved which is also good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Erickson

    Moves quickly Enjoy this book if you like true crime this will satisfy it. It moves quick and keeps you wanting more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Thordur

    What a horrible character H.H.Holmes. Spend your time reading about this bastard. Living in the 19th century, being a gentleman as he appeared to be, charming, educated with a university degree, a hotel owner and with the ability to smooth everybody. But he had a dark side as a serial killer, murdering people throughout his life. Well this book doesn't go into much details and it's only 43 pages. But that's actually enough for most people. Some parts in the story might disturb you though if you What a horrible character H.H.Holmes. Spend your time reading about this bastard. Living in the 19th century, being a gentleman as he appeared to be, charming, educated with a university degree, a hotel owner and with the ability to smooth everybody. But he had a dark side as a serial killer, murdering people throughout his life. Well this book doesn't go into much details and it's only 43 pages. But that's actually enough for most people. Some parts in the story might disturb you though if you are more than less sensitive. Anyway it takes you less than an a hour to read this on kindle, and by then you will have had enough and surely would like to move to something else more nicer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janneke Wolbers

    Very interesting read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    I had never heard of this person before at all. As I read along I was quite shocked and literally became sick to my stomach. He had an encounter with bullies and a skeleton when he was in grade school. He later went to medical school at University of Michigan and became quite proficient with cadavers. These circumstances apparently triggered his life long fascination with death and dismemberment. Also, he was quite a liar and a con man, and had no conscience, the very definition of a psychopath. I had never heard of this person before at all. As I read along I was quite shocked and literally became sick to my stomach. He had an encounter with bullies and a skeleton when he was in grade school. He later went to medical school at University of Michigan and became quite proficient with cadavers. These circumstances apparently triggered his life long fascination with death and dismemberment. Also, he was quite a liar and a con man, and had no conscience, the very definition of a psychopath. He was violent to his first wife, locked up his second wife, led on many other women with the bait that he would marry them, some of which he murdered. He built a huge castle like house that later became known as a murder mansion, the entire basement set up with torture devices and equipment to dismember bodies. He killed men, women, young boys, young girls. When he was finally captured and put on trial he reveled in the attention and the trail became a media circus. And when he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang on May 7, 1896, it was nine days before his thirty-fifth birthday. After reading this book, and all the horror I felt, I was stunned he had accomplished all this evil before his thirty fifth birthday.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tammi

    H. H. Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett, was dubbed America's first serial killer. He was a successful conman, a swindler, a criminal polygamist, and of course, a murderer. I believe the television series, American Horror Story: Hotel was loosely based on Holmes' "Murder Mansion." I liked this book for its concise and to-the-point approach to the telling of Holmes' life and "career." It is a short read, but it did not skip over any important bits. I find it interesting to note just how many pe H. H. Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett, was dubbed America's first serial killer. He was a successful conman, a swindler, a criminal polygamist, and of course, a murderer. I believe the television series, American Horror Story: Hotel was loosely based on Holmes' "Murder Mansion." I liked this book for its concise and to-the-point approach to the telling of Holmes' life and "career." It is a short read, but it did not skip over any important bits. I find it interesting to note just how many people this man conned and fooled in his short lifetime! When he was hanged in May, 1896, he was just about to turn 35! I think this goes a long way in relating his depraved determination to cause mass chaos and destruction around him. I think what I found most appalling about this man and his actions was that he recanted his confessions before he was hanged, leaving all of the families of his victims to wonder. Oddly enough, I find this worse than the murders themselves. The fact that with his dying breath, he was so vile and evil that he wanted no family to have any kind of closure whatsoever!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Earlier this year, I read ' The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America' by Erik Larson.  It was a nonfiction book written in a novelistic style.  So I was interested in reading Hourly History's account of America's first serial killer:  Dr. H H Holmes.  The author says Holmes killed for three reasons:  greed, convenience, and curiosity.  One of the reasons that we don't know exactly how many people Holmes killed is because he loved his notoriety and Earlier this year, I read ' The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America' by Erik Larson.  It was a nonfiction book written in a novelistic style.  So I was interested in reading Hourly History's account of America's first serial killer:  Dr. H H Holmes.  The author says Holmes killed for three reasons:  greed, convenience, and curiosity.  One of the reasons that we don't know exactly how many people Holmes killed is because he loved his notoriety and tended to change numbers, depending on his audience. The most positive thing I can say about this unbelievably horrible man is that he was executed just before his 35th birthday.  He certainly deserved it; unfortunately, he harmed a tremendous number of people with his cons, scams, and murders. I think that Hourly History did a remarkable job of condensing this madman's crimes into fewer than 50 pages and still getting across the heinousness of his unlawful acts.

  9. 4 out of 5

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    This brief overview of H.H. Holmes is great for giving a taste of who Holmes was -- the first serial killer in America. He famously built a deadly house in which he trapped and killed people, including many that he lured from the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. This book also details his life leading up to that pinnacle as well as the failed scam that became his undoing. Hourly History books are a bit like Coles Notes but for people and events in history; they are meant to take about an hour to re This brief overview of H.H. Holmes is great for giving a taste of who Holmes was -- the first serial killer in America. He famously built a deadly house in which he trapped and killed people, including many that he lured from the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. This book also details his life leading up to that pinnacle as well as the failed scam that became his undoing. Hourly History books are a bit like Coles Notes but for people and events in history; they are meant to take about an hour to read. If you want to get deeper into Holmes' world, I highly recommend The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    I love Hourly History’s books. They’re simple and quick to read and packed with lots of information. However, their simplicity is evident in their writing style, too. There are a lot of recycled phrases and weak word choices. BUT Hourly History allows you to get the most important details out of a history subject within an hour or so. The payoff is worth it, in my opinion. Onto the biography. H. H. Holmes has always interested me for some reason. I watched a documentary on his life a while back. I love Hourly History’s books. They’re simple and quick to read and packed with lots of information. However, their simplicity is evident in their writing style, too. There are a lot of recycled phrases and weak word choices. BUT Hourly History allows you to get the most important details out of a history subject within an hour or so. The payoff is worth it, in my opinion. Onto the biography. H. H. Holmes has always interested me for some reason. I watched a documentary on his life a while back. When I saw Hourly History had their own biography on him, I snatched it up. It was concise and to the point. Very informative for the nonchalant reader. I will probably go on to read a more thorough biography in the future, though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Without him in it The last words of this book! Yeah, how weird people become obsessed with what is so terrorizing. Akin to addiction, the fatal disease, people need to become aware of the double-sided phenomenon of "so-called" pleasure&pain. This book is better than the one on Charles Manson because it acknowledges the common culture at the time wasn't as familiar with sophisticated mental illness. Though it is worth knowing this process plays out and ends, safer, with them gone. Without him in it The last words of this book! Yeah, how weird people become obsessed with what is so terrorizing. Akin to addiction, the fatal disease, people need to become aware of the double-sided phenomenon of "so-called" pleasure&pain. This book is better than the one on Charles Manson because it acknowledges the common culture at the time wasn't as familiar with sophisticated mental illness. Though it is worth knowing this process plays out and ends, safer, with them gone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh Aithal

    Good short read Interesting read. Horrifying in certain places. The age before internet and phones must have been a truly scary place, as murderers such as H.H. Holmes could easily get away as long as they could with what they did, and is well portrayed in this book. However, the book is lacking in explaining the underlying reason as to what circumstances led to the birth of the killer inside H. H. Holmes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diana Blick

    Overview This is, like all the biographies in this series, a quick overview of the life of H.H. Holmes. I believe the author presented facts as they are known, but it is by no means an exhaustive recounting. It might pique your interest in reading longer accounts, however, so it is useful in that respect.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    I caught part of a documentary on H. H. Holmes some time ago. Before that, I don't recall ever hearing of him. This book covered a lot of facts about a truly psychotic and evil man. It held my attention throughout, as I found it to be a very interesting read. Holmes was correct when he stated that he was born with the devil inside him. I caught part of a documentary on H. H. Holmes some time ago. Before that, I don't recall ever hearing of him. This book covered a lot of facts about a truly psychotic and evil man. It held my attention throughout, as I found it to be a very interesting read. Holmes was correct when he stated that he was born with the devil inside him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Turner

    Clear and Concise The writer gives a clear and concise account of H. H. Holmes life, beginning with what is known about his early years. The account of the crimes is based on what facts are known, and the only sympathy expressed is for the victims. This as short account makes one want to read further on the subject.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine Hunter

    One Evil Man I had never heard of this man but some years ago, I listened to an old radio show from the 40's that, apparently was based on this guy. It was macabre and I thought it was fiction. If you want to see what a devil looks like, take a look at the cover of this book. It was an interesting read. One Evil Man I had never heard of this man but some years ago, I listened to an old radio show from the 40's that, apparently was based on this guy. It was macabre and I thought it was fiction. If you want to see what a devil looks like, take a look at the cover of this book. It was an interesting read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allyn Nichols

    I'm a big fan of Hourly Histories. All the detail and zero fluff. Straight to the point and heart of the matter in hand. Short enough for the daily commute yet detailed enough to satiate the appetite and even fill gaps that many sources miss. From humanities greatest of people to it's darkest of terrors, there really is something for everyone within these books. I'm a big fan of Hourly Histories. All the detail and zero fluff. Straight to the point and heart of the matter in hand. Short enough for the daily commute yet detailed enough to satiate the appetite and even fill gaps that many sources miss. From humanities greatest of people to it's darkest of terrors, there really is something for everyone within these books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Ambruso

    Very good book This book provides a very interesting biography of the murders of Dr. Holmes. What a strange guy. This book is well-written and succinct. It's not "The Devil in the White City," but it's a very nice overview. Very good book This book provides a very interesting biography of the murders of Dr. Holmes. What a strange guy. This book is well-written and succinct. It's not "The Devil in the White City," but it's a very nice overview.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hilliger

    I really enjoyed this fast and informative book on H. H. Holmes. Before reading this book i only had a general idea about him, After finishing this book I learned that he was a well educated doctor, a drug store owner, a com man and probably most famously a cold blooded murderer.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adri G.M.

    Short, to the point and quite interesting. I liked it because it deals with facts and it doesnt use rumors or especulation to make the story more tabloid-worthy (it doesnt really need it, the guy was a total creep). I repeat: very interesting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Pat

    Good writer on this one To be sure, the writer for this one had a lot to work with, but one can say that about some other books in this series that were just messes. Hey publisher, the writer in this one has a good straightforward style and paced it well. Hire them again!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This historical book about H. H. Holmes was a very fast read. I already knew a little bit about H. H. Holmes from a documentary I had watched recently. But this book is very fascinating anyway. If you are unfamiliar with this serial killer and are interested in true crime I recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle pevley

    Good read It was an interesting overview of a seriously demented person. This book didn't glorify the murderers actions by retelling all the gory details but gave enough information for the reader to get enough information to know the history. Good read It was an interesting overview of a seriously demented person. This book didn't glorify the murderers actions by retelling all the gory details but gave enough information for the reader to get enough information to know the history.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eugene VANDELSEN

    Was it worth to know the existence of a serial killer? Yes, to find out what humans are capable of opened my eyes on the fact that truth can be more frightening than any murder fiction can be. Hourly history gave me the opportunity to realise this in a nutshell. Thanks!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Emerson

    It's All Right It was a concise depiction of Holmes and all his nefarious deeds, but it had some awkward wording, typos, and a few parts that seemed speculation on the author's part. Overall pretty good if you want a decent coverage of Holmes. It's All Right It was a concise depiction of Holmes and all his nefarious deeds, but it had some awkward wording, typos, and a few parts that seemed speculation on the author's part. Overall pretty good if you want a decent coverage of Holmes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Randolph A Rossi

    Was H. H. Holmes America’s First Serial Killer. Although, I’ve seen the story of H. H. Holmes on television, I found the retelling very interesting. Those were the days when monsters like him were quickly dispatched without the state having to house and feed them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wes Becker

    Disturbing I had never heard of this individual but the story while disgusting and disturbing leads one to wonder how anyone could be able to commit such vile atrocities.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Pack

    Good book This was a good book that gave a lot of information. It keep you on your toes and provided enough to ease the mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Carter

    Horrifying The terrible things this man did. Horrifying is an understatement. This book does a good job of telling about his life and death.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Rex

    Review Interesting facts on America's first mass murderer. How sad of an existence he must have lived. The poor families he caused to suffer. Review Interesting facts on America's first mass murderer. How sad of an existence he must have lived. The poor families he caused to suffer.

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