The H. H. Holmes Trial (1895)
by Anna Dorfman
I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiartion to sing.
-Herman Mudget, 1896
Around the time that Jack the Ripper rose to infamy in London, America’s own serial killer was unleashing horror upon the streets of Chicago.
Working under the alias Dr. Holmes, Herman Mudget took at least twice as many victims as England’s notorious killer, working so efficiently that only
four of his murders were able to be proved. Considered by some at the time “the most dangerous man in the world,” his crimes continue to cast a dark shadow over America’s past, undiminished by the passage of time....