Serial killers and true crimes captivate our minds. Not because we want to worship them but because the stories themselves are fascinating and almost seem to gruesome to be true. Because of this they take on an almost demented form of entertainment.
So much so that Leonardo DiCaprio has been cast as one of the most infamous evil masterminds to ever set foot on American soul. Serial killer H.H. Holmes in The Devil in the White City.
Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861 – May 7, 1896), better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or more commonly H. H. Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term.
While he confessed to 27 murders, only nine could be plausibly confirmed and several of the people who he confessed to murdering were still alive. He is commonly said to have killed as many as 200, though this figure is traceable only to 1940s pulp magazines. Many victims were said to have been killed in a mixed-use building he owned, located about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and said to have been a World’s Fair Hotel, though evidence suggests that the hotel portion was never truly open for business.
Now an artist Holly Carden on Behance has re-created the murder castle that H.H. Holmes once called home. The building has since been torn down but thanks to Holly we get to see each floor and trap door in all it’s dark glory.