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Depraved : The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer - Harold Schechter

Depraved

The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer

By: Harold Schechter

eBook | 13 February 2024

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"A meticulously researched, brilliantly detailed, and above all riveting account of Dr. H. H. Holmes, a nineteenth-century serial killer." —Caleb Carr, New York Times-bestselling author

The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H. H. Holmes is notorious—but only Harold Schechter's Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World's Fair. "Destined to be a true crime classic" (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the dapper, charming Holmes—who alternately posed as doctor, druggist, and inventor to snare his prey—was the architect of a labyrinthine "Castle of Horrors." Holmes admitted to twenty-seven murders by the time his madhouse of trapdoors, asphyxiation devices, body chutes, and acid vats was exposed. The seminal profile of a homegrown madman in the era of Jack the Ripper, Depraved is also a mesmerizing tale of true detection long before the age of technological wizardry.

"Depraved demonstrates that sadistic psychopaths are not a modern-day phenomenon . . . Gruesome, awesome, compelling reporting." —Ann Rule, #1 New York Times-bestselling author

"I unhesitatingly recommend [Depraved] . . . to round out your understanding of the true depth, meaning, and perversity of [this] uniquely American brand of mayhem." —The Boston Book Review

"An acerbic period sketch and a readable tale of pure Gothic horror straight from the heartland of America." —Kirkus Reviews

"Schechter has done a masterful job of reconstructing Holmes's killing spree and detailing the detective work that led to his apprehension." —Publishers Weekly

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