Depraved

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

on Saturday, October 22, 2005 I wrote about this book ( a lot) Good morning Rosie ;) Just want to let you know I have been reading this book for the last couple of days The thing was I started with ... Read full review

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User Review  - schatzi - LibraryThing

To be honest, I'm not sure how many recognize the name of Dr. H.H. Holmes in modern day America. I know that I hadn't heard of him until recently, and that was more in passing than anything else ... Read full review

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Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, and, with David Everitt, The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. He is also the author of Nevermore and The Hum Bug, the acclaimed historical novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in New York State.

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