On this day in 1896, Herman Mudgett (aka Dr. H.H. Holmes) was well hung. No, that’s not quite right. Hung well? No. He was really hung? No, still wrong. How about hung by the neck until dead? Yeah, that’ll do.
Mudgett, a pioneer in the field of serial killing (committing the crimes, not solving them), was one of this country’s first identified serial killers. The total number of his victims remains unknown to this day. Estimates range between twenty-seven and two hundred.
Even though Mudgett was more prolific than Jack the Ripper, he never achieved Jack’s level of notoriety. I guess he could have used a publicist. Or maybe a reality TV show.