- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: ECPrinting.com (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615403263
- ISBN-13: 978-0615403267
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bloodstains Paperback – 2011
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Once you get started, it's next to impossible not to venture down the rabbit hole of this little known piece of U.S. history.
Naturally, when I heard that a real-life descendent of Herman Webster Mudgett (H.H. Holmes was one of many aliases) was writing a book about his inheritance of the killer's diaries I was simultaneously astonished and deeply skeptical. History says Holmes was hung in 1896, so when did he write these diaries? And why?
As all of the above mentioned works illustrate, there's a lot of holes in the documented story of "America's first serial killer." The recorded history of Holmes is as shrouded in mystery and ambiguity as the man himself. Discovering the TRUTH of who he was and why he did what he did was the object of blind speculation during his own time with the sensationalistic reporting of newspapers during the advent of yellow journalism. If discerning fact from fiction back then was difficult, the passage of time has only served to muddy the waters.
* Was Holmes simply demented and mad with bloodlust or were there possibly a hidden genius and a private scientific pursuit behind the odd construction of his murder castle?Read more ›
In "Bloodstains" we follow a man in search of his ancestor whose journal he inherits from his Grandfather, Bert, whom he hates. Was this one last whack on the head from the old geezer whom he disrespectfully calls 'Uncle'? Or was it something else? Was Bert Mudgett trying to tell his Grandson, Jeff, in death what he could not mention in life? Does unraveling the mystery of the journal have an unexpected final result? Is there a final gift from his "Uncle" cum Grandfather not the journal but the journey? Was it a profound act of love and sacrifice or a dirty trick?
This portrait of yet another charming and socially adept serial killer makes one wonder, do we really know the people around us? Can we really rely on our own instincts to protect us from those truly bent on evil? Read "Bloodstains" and you will never trust your delightful neighbor again. Yes, this simple book forces the reader to ask themselves uncomfortable questions, see their reality through different eyes.
Let us believe that "Bloodstains" is, in fact, true. We are left with a disturbing tale of a notorious serial killer, perhaps America's first to be recognized as such, and offered a glimpse into his world. We are teased with segments from the actual, verified journals of H.H.Read more ›
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Interesting read from inside the gene pool! Can't wait for the author to try his case in public. Anyone interested in reading about the haunting legacy of murder needs to read... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Tim Skinner
Very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good read. Dig him up now!Published 2 months ago by james d.
Bloodstains by Jeff Mudgett
The name of HH Holmes is well known to the world at large as one of the most evil men that ever lived. Read more
A must read for those who cannot get enough about H. H. Holmes from a most interesting perspective. A take on the notorious Holmes that gives way to many other possibilities and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michelle Annette White
This book gave me chills. Reading about the haunting surgence of the past in the author's life after his discovery of his great-great-grandfather's diaries was terrifying. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know quite what to make of this book. It's actually not bad. However, it seems to be greatly misrepresented as a biography of H. H. Holmes, a "true story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Norma Desmond
I read this book faster than ANYTHING ever in my life!! The book is fascinating! I was fortunate enough to meet author after reading it and anyone who thinks this is fiction is so... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Crystal Taylor