1896 newspaper ad (jdcrighton.com)

Newspaper Ad for Detective Frank Geyer’s 1896 Book

I found an old newspaper ad for Detective Geyer’s book about the H. H. Holmes, Benjamin Pitezel investigation.


The price of the Geyer’s book was inflated to $1.50 due to National sensationalism of the case. H. H. Holmes wrote his own book that sold for 25 cents and was also published in 1896. Holmes’ memoir and confession of twenty-seven murders as well as his unusual burial and story of reincarnation are all featured in Holmes’ Own Story: Confessed 27 Murders, Lied then Died (available here)



  1. “Holmes will Hang,” Plain Dealer Cleveland, April 12, 1896
  2. The cost of Holmes’ book was listed on the cover, Library of Congress