Hello, and welcome to the Season 1, Episode 14 of the Bones & Bobbins Podcast!
The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 1, Episode 14: H. H. Holmes, Making a Murder Castle
H. H. Holmes is a legendary serial killer with a bad habit of amassing extra wives, and a reputation for luring young women into his deadly hotel during the leadup to the 1893 World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition (also known as the Chicago World’s Fair). Except, was the Murder Castle even a hotel at all? And was there actually a dissection room and crematorium in the basement? And just what, exactly, was really going on on that second floor?
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Here are links to the sources and resources we used while researching this episode:
Links to research materials:
HH Holmes – Upbringing
- Britannica Entry: https://www.britannica.com/biography/H-H-Holmes
- H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil by Adam Selzer: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33154631-h-h-holmes
- Clara’s Story- New England Historical Society: https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/married-to-murderer-h-w-mudgett/
- Blog on H. H. Holmes: http://hhholmes.blogs.plymouth.edu/category/early-life/
H. H. Holmes – Assholery & Shenanigans
- Library of Congress Scan of HH Holmes Autobiography: https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbc0001.2015gen22698/?r=-1.058,-0.035,3.117,1.267,0
- American Gothic: The Strange Life of H. H. Holmes: https://web.archive.org/web/20080611011945/http://www.themediadrome.com/content/articles/history_articles/holmes.htm
- Answers With Joe: https://answerswithjoe.com/whole-story-hh-holmes/
The Murder Castle
- Making the H. H. Holmes Murder Castle: https://hollycarden.com/blog/2016/1/11/making-the-h-h-holmes-murder-castle
- Explore the Horrors of H. H. Holmes’ Murder Castle: https://www.cultofweird.com/crime/hh-holmes-murder-castle-game/
- Inside the Incredibly Twisted Murder Hotel of H. H. Holmes, ny Annie Garau: https://allthatsinteresting.com/hh-holmes-hotel
- H. H. Holmes’ OTHER Murder Castle in Fort Worth: Diagrams and More: http://mysteriouschicago.com/hh-holmes-other-murder-castle-in-fort-worth-diagrams-and-more/
- Full Confession of H. H. Holmes, The Journal (New York), April 12, 1896: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/Full_confession_of_H._H._Holmes_%28page_2%29.pdf