H. H. Holmes

All things H. H. Holmes. Born as Herman Webster Mudgett, he was convicted of first degree murder and hanged in 1896.

  • Frank Geyer arrested Annie McCraken for larceny on May 19, 1880.
    Detective Frank P. Geyer,  H. H. Holmes

    Research Trip for Detective Geyer Book

    Early in the month of May, I made another research trip to Philadelphia, Washington DC, and surrounding cities and was honored to meet with Detective Geyer’s amazing family. Unlike troubling claims that Geyer’s wife and daughter were tragically killed in a house fire prior to his assignment to the H. H. Holmes case as told in two popular books (Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City and Harold Schechter’s Depraved), Geyer’s wife and daughter lived on and were never involved in a fire to begin with. In fact, the names of Geyer’s wife and daughter were incorrect in those books as well. It is puzzling to Detective Geyer’s family as to why…

  • Detective in the White City by JD Crighton
    Books,  Detective Frank P. Geyer,  H. H. Holmes

    Cover Reveal: Detective in the White City

    Excited to reveal my cover for Detective in the White City: The Real Story of Frank Geyer! Its been a long journey and a year and a half of research, but the wait is well worth it!   The idea for Detective in the White City came to me after I discovered false information about Geyer perpetuated in two popular books. Information, that if true, would have changed the entire history of the Geyer family. Detective in the White City is the true story of Philadelphia Detective Frank P. Geyer. A special thank you to my publisher, editor, and cover designer! Detective in the White City: The Real Story of…

  • 1896 newspaper ad (jdcrighton.com)
    Detective Frank P. Geyer,  H. H. Holmes

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

  • H.H. Holmes, one of America's First Serial Killers - image updated by JD Crighton, all rights reserved
    H. H. Holmes

    H. H. Holmes, the Clodhopper Who Almost Didn’t Graduate

    Herman Webster Mudgett, M. D., known as H. H. Holmes, barely squeaked by as a medical graduate of University of Michigan in 1884. Mudgett held a horrific record among University graduates–he was the first ‘arch villain’ executed for murder. Mudgett, a serial killer from the late 1800’s, came close to not graduating because some faculty members voted against it. Ann Arbor Argus reported Mudgett did not distinguish himself as a student and “showed no marks of brilliance or even acuteness.” Along with his lack of acuteness, perhaps faculty remembered an earlier incident where Mudgett got himself into trouble with a hair dresser who insisted he marry her. Medical faculty knew…

  • Books,  Detective Frank P. Geyer,  H. H. Holmes

    Holmes’ Own Story: Holmes Confessed 27 Murders – Lied Then Died

    Holmes’ Own Story: Confessed 27 Murders – Lied Then Died features eighty-seven (87) restored and sourced rare historical illustrations and photographs. Holmes’ Own is a fascinating look into the mind of one of America’s first serial killers. Born as Herman Webster Mudgett, H. H. Holmes was a horrific killer featured in Erik Larson’s popular book, The Devil in the White City. Holmes built a three story ‘Murder Castle’ in Chicago in the late 1800s with death on his mind. A doctor by trade, Holmes lured unsuspecting victims into secret rooms, vaults and gas chambers and made use of a dissection table in his basement. He preyed on travelers that came to Chicago…