The Scarlet Mansion

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Bantam Books, 1986 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Draws a portrait of mass murderer Hermann Mudgett, better known as H.H. Holmes, who, in addition to killing more than one hundred victims, leads a colorful life as a pharmacist, teacher, inventor, landscape architect, and storekeeper

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I don't know if I have ever in my life read or seen anyone who personified the purest of evil as that of H.H. Holmes (mudgett)!! It is as if the devil himself walked in the skin of this man. I am shocked that we don't hear more about him because in comparison, Ted Bundy and others like him don't hold a candle to this most wicked of men! The book by Mr. Eckert is excellent in it's accounting and I give it five stars. I read scary books (Stephen King etc.. ) but this true life story is just about the most frightening of them all. Not the least because it is true. I just do not understand what happens to make monsters like this and most unfair of all is that they look just like you and me. 

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Allan W. Eckert was born in Buffalo, New York on January 30, 1931. He served in the United States Air Force and attended the University of Dayton and Ohio State University. He was a historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright. He wrote over 40 books during his lifetime including A Time of Terror: The Great Dayton Flood, Wild Season, The Silent Sky, The Frontiersmen, Wilderness Empire, The Conquerors, and A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh, which were all nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in literature. He received the Newbery Honor Book Award for Incident at Hawk's Hill. He also wrote almost all of the scripts for television's Wild Kingdom and adapted The Frontiersmen into the play Tecumseh! He died of prostate cancer on July 7, 2011 at the age of 80.

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