Depraved: The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer

Harold Schechter

Depraved: The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer

Depraved: The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer

  • Title: Depraved: The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer
  • Author: Harold Schechter
  • ISBN: 9780671732165
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Deviant and Deranged comes the story of America s first documented serial killer, H.H Holmes a murderer whose crimes eclipsed those of Jack the Ripper, with 27 victims by his own admission His path of blood says as much about modern psychopathology as the age in which he lived and killed Photographs.

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So after reading "The Devil in the White City" I wanted to know more about H.H. Holmes, the first American serial killer who no one remembers. I didn't know what to expect from a book called "Depraved", but it's actually very good. If you just want to know about Holmes, I recommend this book, over "The Devil in the White City." It has more detail, less invented scenes, less imposed pseudo-Freudian motivation, and great stuff particularly about the time after Holmes was arrested. I don't really h [...]

Brilliant read!!!Harold Schechter is my favorite author these days and this book is why.He talks about the serial killer H. H. Holmes and details what this monster did. Even though I knew who the killer was - I'd watched a documentary with Harold Schechter explaining what Holmes had manufactured, so I knew, I thought, everything about him - I was STILL constantly surprised by the revelations of this book! That is all because of the details that Schechter tediously supplied. Yet the read was not [...]

Part of what makes this book by Harold Schechter so good is the setting. The country's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes Har (a.k.a. old Mudgett) roamed the streets of post- Great Fire Chicago. Schechter uses period newspapers and books written about the killer as his sources, weaving an intelligent beginning-to-end account of Holmes's bizarre criminal history. The city is interesting without being a history lesson and one gets a real feel for what life was like just before the turn of the centur [...]

This biography of the man who was America's first serial killer was well deserving of a 4 star rating. It was well researched, well written, down to all the gory, dirty details that made the case so sensational, included photos, line drawings, etc taken from the newspapers of the day, & utterly captivating. It was compelling, nearly unbelievable at times of the sheer scope of his audacity & people skills. If you're interested in the crime genre, you'll like this book, if you're a history [...]

First off, I've just realized that I seem to be stuck in somewhat of a crime book rut. Not sure why. I've wanted to read more about H.H. Holmes since I read "The Devil in the White City" years ago. This started just a little slow, but was good from about page 30. Also, it didn't fall into that trap that so many crime books do, repeating the same things over and over.

WOW - I never even heard of H H Holmes before reading this book. It's been a while since I read it but I still consider it one of the best True Crime books I ever read. How he managed to do some much and confine his actions to his "castle" is unbelievable but nevertheless true.

Chicago had the first serial killer?! I was surprised. I figured it would be New York or even London. This was a suspenseful tale about a man who kills. Everyone close to him. A chilling read.

That sure was a lot of info about insurance fraud, yesiree. Very well-written though.

We all have those family members who like to lumber you with things once they find out about your interest.Well this book came from my aunt when she found out about my interest in forensic psychology. Supposedly I need to become an expert in the criminal world – mainly I need to be able to recite the heinous acts of countless individuals across history.Okay, maybe she did not put it like that but it sort of felt that way when she handed me numerous books on the topic.Still, despite the fact th [...]

I have read bits of HH Holmes' story over the years and they have all focused on his horror castle during the Chicago's world fair. This book goes way beyond that - to his insurance and real estate frauds, even horse stealing. To show that this serial killer was definitely a con man of the highest sociopathic levels. And his continued lies, confessions, recants was all very interesting to read.His victims were many and spanning multiple states and even Canada. The time period showed how hard it [...]

Very well researched work about H. H. Holmes. I knew who he was because of popular culture and media representations of him on TV shows, maybe also because of sensationalist crime websites; yet I didn't know for sure what his case was about. He wasn't just a murderer, he was a very skilled man a man of science, an entrepreneur and a remarkable swindler. He could have very well avoided being caught if hadn't let one loose end on his trail (view spoiler)[(his unfulfilled deal with Marion Hedgepeth [...]

Well written, deeply troubling, incredibly interesting, and thoroughly researched. The life, evil, and death of H.H. Holmes is a fascinating and troubling one.A lot of great information that helps you look into the life of America's first serial killer, and a man who could very well be Jack the RipperW, H.H. Holmes was most certainly evil incarnate, and Mr. Schechter did an incredible job bringing this horrible man to life.

3.5 starsInteresting read about Holmes' psychopathic activitiese author did a great job of retracing the murderer's steps in an entertaining narrative.

I read this book as an add-on, after reading "The Devil in the White City" (which was, btw, a fantastic book), as a more in-depth look at the life and crimes of H.H. Holmes - dubbed America's first serial killer. "Depraved" was put together by the author, based on newspaper articles and courtroom transcripts, as well as documented interviews with those who were involved with the actual murders or with the investigation. It's a good read - very interesting and informative. I would recommend it, e [...]

To be honest, I'm not sure how many recognize the name of Dr. H.H. Holmes in modern day America. I know that I hadn't heard of him until recently, and that was more in passing than anything else. Perhaps more have heard of him due to a recently published book by Erik Larson: "The Devil in the White City."When I did hear about Holmes, I only heard about his exploits in the Castle. But Holmes' "career" as a serial killer wasn't limited to just Chicago; the man kept changing his story, but admitted [...]

This book details the life of Herman Mudgett - who took the name Dr. H. H. Holmes (among many other names) and became notorious for the murders he committed in Chicago, Philadelphia and elsewhere in the last decades of the 1800s. Holmes is discussed also in the book "The Devil in the White City", which I read a few years ago."The Devil in the White City" focused in on both Holmes and the Chicago World Fair. (50 people who lodged with Holmes during the Chicago World Fair disappeared, but he only [...]

I found this book to be truly fascinating. I knew nothing of H. H. Holmes before reading this, and I stumbled across it in our library. This is the story of H. H. Holmes, America's first serial killer. He built himself a large house, or castle of horrors I should say. It stretched a block and the pharmacy he owned was located on the ground level along with some stores. The top two floors where a maze of horrors. There were over 100 rooms with doorways leading to dead ends or brick walls, Stairca [...]

This was wonderful. I'd read a bit about H. H. Holmes in The Devil in the White City, but this book was a great addition to what was covered there. Really crazywe think of serial killers as a modern thing, but the "work" of Holmes was at the end of the 19th Century. Makes you wonderSchechter does a great job of pulling you in, providing just enough history to put things in context and to keep you in the setting. He's a really good author, and I look forward to reading his other serial-killer non [...]

After reading Devil in the White City, I was fascinated by the story of H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer. I couldn't wait to learn more, in great part due to Erik Larson's amazing storytelling ability. I then watched a documentary on Netflix about H.H. Holmes and was fascinated by Harold Schechter, author of Deranged. He made a statement so chilling and true that chills ran up my spine - Human beings are the only animals that don't pay attention to their natural instinct to run when th [...]

I became interested in H. H. Holmes by reading "Devil in the White City", his story being the most interesting part of that book. I then saw a well-done documentary on H. H. Holmes which featured the author of this book. This is a thoroughly researched account of a psychopathic serial killer whose sensational crimes enthralled turn-of-the-century America. Anyone interested in true crime should be fascinated with Schechter's book. I did wonder what happened to Holmes' wives and the children of hi [...]

The story of America's first serial killer will be familiar to those who have read Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City". Although best known for his "Murder Castle" in Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair, author Harold Schechter delves deeper into the background and additional murders performed by Herman Webster Mudgett (aka H.H. Holmes) not only in Chicago but throughout the US during the 1880s up until his capture in 1894. The author takes the reader from Holmes's early days growing up [...]

This book was fantastic, riveting, a definite page turner! It kept me interested from page one to the finish line. I like the fact that the author believes in making his chapters short. It is a major turn-off to me if book chapters are incessantly long. The author really knows how to create cliff-hanger moments at the end of each chapter spurring you on to keep reading. I will definitely read more of this author's books. The writing was concise and well-written, free of grammatical errors. He ma [...]

Over the last year, I had heard a few friends discuss an interesting podcast they had come across about the first American serial killer. That serial killer was H.H. Holmes. Depraved is a well-written take on H. H. Holmes life. I will be honest, this book was difficult to finish as the depravity (the only word that comes to mind and it's not strong enough) of H.H. Holme's crimes was absolutely shocking and made me sick to think about.

I got this book off the discount shelves at Barnes & Noble and found it to be a great follow up to Larson's "Devil in the White City." I saw another book about him in the True Crime section while I was browsing, so apparently, interest in him is a "thing" right now. Good book!

One of the best biographies, not just Holmes out criminal biographies, I've read in a while.

For fans of The Devil in the White City who would have preferred more serial killer and less World's Fair, this is the book that you meant to read the first time.

Very good true crime novel. Very well written. Did not want to put it down


well researched and well written.

I love reading true crime books of any kind. I picked this book up when seeing it was about H.H. Holmes and had great anticipation in delving into it. Once I began the book the first couple of chapters were great, filled with a great many interesting details of Mr. Holmes. However, upon further reading I found the book to dredge on too slowly and being filled with details that at least for myself were not as intersting and more about other persons during this time and event. It was not until abo [...]

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