this day in crime history: may 7, 1896

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.

Further reading:

Herman Mudgett article at Crime Library

Herman Mudgett article at Wikipedia

Philadelphia Weekly  – Holmes Sweet Holmes

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: may 7, 1896

  1. John D.:
    I know I will never live long enough to figure out WHY such people as this guy make the (obviously bad) CHOICE to pursue such a “vocation”…amazing.
    And then to get his “kicks” out of doing it.
    Guess there ARE some people out there BORN with a head full of “bad wiring”, hmm?

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.


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