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  • Adam Selzer on H.H. Holmes : Holmes In Chicago Sept-Oct, 1888-- A Certainty

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WFf4uuUz_E

    H.H. Holmes and Jack the Ripper: The Chicago Evidence

    Adam Selzer

    Adam Selzer is a qualified expert on Holmes's history.....he has just written his second Holmes-related book....and numerous other informative books.

    At the 4:14 mark, Adam, who has studied the accumulated material on Holmes which had been dormant for 100 years, says....that there is no particularly good evidence that Holmes ever went overseas. More importantly, find out where he was during the Autumn of Terror.....
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    Very Truly Yours, H.H. Holmes
    552 pages
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    Just released today....April 4th, 2017
    H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil
    https://www.amazon.com/H-Holmes-Hist...ds=adam+selzer


    I own one of Mr. Selzer's books on crime. Pretty good one too.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ds=adam+selzer
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    • #3
      “Not another cut and paste crime biography. H.H.Holmes is one of America’s super-villains. Or was he? Not one hundred, not two hundred victims, as the legends would have us believe, but only one person murdered and, even then, the evidence was circumstantial! Evidence suggests another possible four murders and five might-have-beens but that’s the grand total. Nor was he Jack the Ripper! Selzer takes apart the dove-tailed pieces of fact and legend to show the myth-making behind one of America’s most infamous bogey-men. A highly readable and exciting piece of original research, not to be missed by any crime enthusiast. ―Donald Rumbelow, author of The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
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      • #4
        So, as to the evidence we do have about Holmes in Fall, 1888:

        Holmes’ daughter, Lucy, was born July 4, 1889, in Englewood – likely in the Castle building. This isn’t exactly hard data for this sort of thing, but, well, we know ONE thing he was doing in Autumn of 1888.

        Holmes registered to vote in Englewood on October 9, 1888, giving “701 Sixty-Third St” (the castle, in pre-1909 renumbering) as his address. The registry notes that he didn’t vote in the election, but he did register. This would be THE smoking gun if it was in his handwriting, not a clerk’s; as it is, though, it’s just a hard one to explain away.

        Detail of voter roll dated Oct 9, 1888. It's a clerk's handwriting, but that's definitely the same Holmes. It's the pre-1909 address of the castle.



        In November of 1894, when Holmes was first arrested and became a media sensation, several Boston newspapers sent reporters to interview his original family in New Hampshire. Holmes had just made a visit there himself a couple of weeks before, so his long absence was fresh on their minds; both Clara Mudgett, his first wife, and Levi Mudgett, his father, said that he’d last been to see them in October, 1888, when he’d come for a visit. A New England trip in late October would explain why he didn’t end up voting in Chicago in November.

        Holmes was dealing with at least three lawsuits in the summer/fall of 1888; he was being sued by Simon Waixel (a drug store supplier), George Kimball (a glass dealer) and Aetna Iron and Steel, who had provided construction and materials for the “castle” the year before.

        Holmes was ordered to pay Kimball, and a note in the paperwork says “This execution returned no property found and no part satisfied this 10th day of September, 1888, Canute R Matson, Sheriff, by F. Leibrandt, deputy.”

        Aetna Iron and Steel vs. Lucy T. Belknap, the biggest of the suits, makes it seem more clear that Holmes would have been dealing with the case in person during that autumn.
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          http://mysteriouschicago.com/hh-holm...-the-evidence/

          After reading the above...here's Adam's Podcast ( which is the same program as on You Tube.....just found that out ).

          https://archive.org/details/holmesripper2
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            Correction : Adam Selzer written three books about Holmes.

            5 bucks says he won't be mentioned in the upcoming American Ripper program.
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            • #7
              Concerning The Silly Unearthing Of Holmes' Body In Delaware County, Pa

              Who Is Really Buried In The Grave Of The Devil In The White City ?
              http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...420778313.html


              Adam Selzer, author of the new “H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil”, has never believed all of the more fanciful stories about the “murder castle”, and says he believes the Holmes body count might have only been between 9 and a dozen individuals.
              “He was a swindler first and foremost,” he said. “Right after he was first arrested he suddenly became really, really famous. People were calling him the arch criminal, the master criminal of the century!”

              (Personally, I also have never believed a natural swindler like Holmes was of the ilk he's been compared to. Not like a Vacher, Ripper, Chikatilo, Sutcliffe.....but more in line with black widows, William Palmers, etc..-HB )
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