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Mudgett, Herman Webster (Dr. Harry Howard Holmes)

Born: 1860 AD
Died: 1896 AD, at 35 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Murderer


1860 - Born on May 16th into a prominent family in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Mudgett appeared to have everything going for him. The first American serial-killer and possibly the most prolific, he was also a con-man and a bigamist.

1879 - Married to Clara A. Lovering of Alton, New Hampshire on July 8th.

1884 - Graduated from U-M Medical School and moved to Chicago to practice pharmacy.

1887 - Married to Myrta Z. Belknap in Minneapolis, Minnesota while still married to his first wife.

1891 - He began construction of a hotel at the corner of 63rd street in Chicago.

1894 - Married to Gerogiana Yoke.

1895 - He was arrested and received the death sentence.

1896 - He was hanged at Moyamensing Prison on May 7th in Philadelphia.

         - The Holmes "crime of the century" was also the subject of another work in the Medler Collection, The Holmes-Pitezel Case, a "true detective" story, published in Philadelphia "by permission of the district attorney and the mayor".


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