The biggest, most important compilation of HH Holmes sources ever compiled - many available for the first time! Research for Adam Selzer’s exhaustive HH Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil uncovered dozens of letters, testimonies, and articles by and about Holmes that have never been examined before. Including them all verbatim would have nearly doubled the size of the book. Here they are, in a volume absolutely essential to anyone interested in the case of the man known as “American’s First Serial Killer!” Dozens of letters, confessions, and articles, many never before published! Including: - SEVERAL confessions (His initial two confessions in November 1894, the revised “Confession 2” from the next month, the famous April 1896 confession, & several others made in the days before his execution). - Dozens of letters between Holmes and his victims, their families, and his wives, many have which have not been seen since 1896. - Lengthy articles Holmes wrote for New York papers in 1895 - not republished since! - Transcripts of advance sheets from his autobiography, which differ markedly from the final version. - His Moyamensing prison diary. - Depositions and cross examinations made in lawsuits, including some related to the construction of his famous “Murder Castle.” - More than 30 newly-discovered letters about Holmes from his wives, classmates, professors and others collected by Arthur MacDonald, a criminologist who studied him in prison. - Trial excerpts. - The phony confession of “Convict Allen,” as well as phony versions of Holmes’ own confession from the New York World, Philadelphia Item, and Philadelphia North American - Depositions by his swindling victims showing his method of work. - His original petition to divorce his first wife. - Long-lost interviews with Holmes. - Handwriting sample. - His Indiana lawyer’s run-own of his evidence regarding Holmes’ doings there in 1894. - His 1886 account book - Active table of contents
- More than thirty illustrations, including many documents which have never been published, and diagrams and sketches that have been unseen for decades. Each is presented with detailed background information by Adam Selzer. The full volume stretches to over 150k words - around 400 pages in print! This is, without question, the more important compilation of Holmes’ writings and primary source material related to him. An absolute must. Praise for Selzer’s HH Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil "Adam Selzer’s masterful sleuthing proves to us, ‘the devil IS in the details.’ Impeccably researched.” - Steve Hodel, author of Black Dahlia Avenger “You know you’ve encountered a great book when you get lost in the world the author has created. Adam Selzer’s fascinating, exhaustively researched, highly readable book HH HOLMES is all of that—a creepy take on America’s original serial psychopath. From the opening pages to its riveting conclusion, you’re drawn into this narrative as though reading a Caleb Carr novel. . . . Engrossing, totally engaging, all at once thrilling and chilling. A fresh, new take on what is an old story. Just what the doctor himself—oh, snap!—would have ordered.” - M. Williams Phelps, author of On Dangerous Ground “If you want the straight dope, and not just the legend…read Adam Selzer’s H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil. You won’t put it down.” - Dennis L. Breo, author of Crime of the Century- Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation “Selzer takes apart the dove-tailed pieced of fact and legend to show the myth-making behind one of America’s most infamous boogey-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.