Was Chicago Coctor Serial Killer London's Jack
the Ripper? Descendant of American Murderer Investigates Links Between
the Notorious Criminals
of H.H. Holmes, the notorious Chicago man known as Americas
first serial killer, now suggests his ancestor could actually have
also been the London serial killer Jack the Ripper.
the great-great-great-grandson of the killer, has submitted handwriting
samples from both Holmes and Jack the Ripper for review and handwriting
experts have confirmed the likelihood they could stem from the same
is on a quest to see if the American, believed to have killed 200
victims before he was caught in 1894, had made any documented visits
to London around the same time with the killing wave swept through
Mudgett, known as H.H. Holmes, was a wealthy and well-educated doctor
in Chicago, where he moved in 1884 from his native New Hampshire.
became owner of a drugstore and opened a hotel in Englewood, a suburb
of the Windy City.
But the 60-room
boarding house was a murder trap having been constructed
to allow the proprietor easy access to his victims.
murder castle he designed the structure with windowless rooms
equipped with gas lines and body chutes so he could transport his
sedated or already dead victims to the basement of the hotel.
were locked in their bedrooms, that were soundproof and fixed with
gas lines, so they would be asphyxiated.
kept in a soundproof bank vault, where they would be kept and ultimately
Once the victims
died, hidden body chutes would allow Holmes to drop their sedated
or dead bodies to the basement of the hotel, where he would dissect
the corpses selling the skeletons to medical schools.
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