The Room Service In His Hotel Was To Die For
“I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing
Dr. H.H. Holmes
In the summer of 1886, evil stepped into the Englewood community. A growing suburb of Chicago, Englewood flourished with business opportunities due to its proximity to the railroads.
H.H. Holmes managed to secure a Chicago pharmacy by defrauding the pharmacist, and built a block-long, three-story building on the lot across the street. He called this building “The Castle,” and opened it as a hotel for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. The bottom floor of the Castle contained shops, the top his personal office, and the middle floor a maze of over one hundred windowless rooms.
Over a period of three years, Holmes selected female victims from among his hotel’s guests, and tortured them in soundproof and escape proof chambers fitted with gas lines that permitted him to asphyxiate the women at any time.
Holmes had repeatedly changed builders, to ensure that no one truly understood the design of the house he had created who might report it to the police. Once dead, the victims’ bodies went by chute to the basement, where they were either sold to medical schools or cremated and placed in lime pits for destruction.