“Like the man-eating tigers of the tropical jungle, whose appetites for blood have once been aroused, I roamed about this world seeking whom I could destroy.” H.H. Holmes.
The first documented serial killer, H.H. Holmes, holds a dubious and gruesome record that few serial killers in history have broken. This devil incarnate committed over 27 murders. Before forensics and CSI were invented, this man made an infamous mark on the 19th century.
Born Herman Webster Mudgett in 1861, and described as an unruly school boy who enjoyed being cruel to and even killing animals for fun, Holmes was also amazingly smart. It was this high intelligence that would serve him well in luring so many unsuspecting victims into his murderous lair.