Terrifying: America’s First Serial Killer And His Hotel Of Horrors

H. H. Holmes Runs to Chicago to Open a Murder Hotel

H. H. Holmes Runs to Chicago to Open a Murder Hotel

In an attempt to distance himself from previous scams (hello, insurance fraud), the con artist-turned-serial killer finally changed his name from Herman Webster Mudget to H.H. Holmes and moved to Chicago. Holmes picked up another rather inconspicuous job as a pharmacist while working on opening his own business – a hotel.

Rather than a typical, comfy-cozy bed and breakfast, Holmes’ hotel was gorgeous and expansive. Unfortunately, it was a bit more like something out of American Horror Story’s fifth season than your run of the mill Ritz Carlton, which is why it was famously dubbed the Murder Castle.