Holmes' Own Story: Confessed 27 Murders, Lied Then Died

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Aerobear Classics, 2016 - History - 330 pages
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A fascinating look into the mind of H. H. Holmes, one of America’s first serial killers known as the ‘Devil in the White City’ who built a Murder Castle and lured victims into secret rooms, vaults, and gas chambers during the Chicago’s World’s Fair.

Featuring 87 rare, historical illustrations and Holmes’ birth and death certificates. Holmes’ Own includes:

-HH Holmes 1895 memoir written by the killer while he awaited trial

-Moyamensing Prison diary

-Holmes’ confession of murders of twenty-seven men, women, and children (1896)

-Judgement day with Holmes' death by hanging at Moyamensing Prison

-Unusual concrete burial at historic Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania

-Holmes planned reincarnation

-Philadelphia Detective Frank P. Geyer interview about Holmes’ plan to murder Georgiana Yoke, his third wife

-Mrs. Benjamin Pitezel interview after Holmes' execution

-Sources, Illustration Credits, Bibliography, Notes, and INDEX 

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations

To the Reader


Handwritten Statement 

Holmes’ Preface

Holmes’ Own Story

Moyamensing Prison Diary Appendix


The Tale of the Greatest Criminal in History

Murder 1: Dr. Robert Leacock 

Murder 2: Dr. Russell

Murders 3, 4: Mrs. Julia L. Connor, Daughter, Pearl

Murder 5: Rogers

Murder 6: Charles Cole

Murder 7: Lizzie

Murders 8, 9, 10: Mrs. Sarah Cook, Baby, Niece

Murder 11: Miss Emeline Cigrand

Three Unsuccessful Attempts of Triple Murder

Murder 12: Miss Rosine Van Jassand

Murder 13: Robert Latimer

Murder 14: Miss Anna Betts

Murder 15: Miss Gertrude Conner

Murder 16: Miss Kate Durkee

Murder 17: Mr. Warner

Murder 18: Rogers, A Young Englishman

Murder 19: A Female Boarder

Murders 20, 21: Minnie and Nannie Williams

Murder 22: Unknown Chicago Man

Murder 23: Baldwin Williams

Murder 24: Benjamin F. Pitezel

Murder 25: Howard Pitezel

Murders 26, 27: Alice and Nellie Pitezel

Attempted Murder of Mrs. Pitezel, Two Children

Conclusion of Confession

Statement from Detective Geyer


Judgment Day - Thursday, May 7, 1896

Concrete Burial - Friday, May 8, 1896

Holmes' Reincarnation? 

Illustration Credits




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Great to see this book get out there. Twas a time when there was only one known copy in America. One thing: Some points in the introduction about the "Murder Castle" are a tad inaccurate. Between Holmes denying everything and tabloids making stuff up, it's hard to narrow down the whole truth. 


Howard Pitezel
Attempted Murder of Mrs Pitezel Two Children
Statement from Detective Geyer
Concrete Burial Friday May 8 1896
Illustration Credits
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About the author (2016)

JD Crighton is the author of Detective in the White City: The Real Story of Frank Geyer and Holmes' Own Story: Confessed 27 Murders, Lied The Died. JD is an Emergency Manager who writes in the biography, history, true crime, and thriller genres and is a member of Biographers International Organization and International Thriller Writers.

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