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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

H. H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer

While I can handle documentaries about murders and death, this one I just had to break up and watch in small intervals because, in all honesty, what this guy did was unbelievable. Yes, he committed crimes and killed people, but we're not really sure just how many he did kill. Yes, he did this stuff, but every time you come across a guy who does not in fact own a conscience or even empathy for others, it boggles the mind and rattles the spirit. He didn't just kill people, but he killed animals too. As a swindler and con man, you'd think people would have figured out about him, at some point, but it was a long time before that happened.

This is definitely an interesting accounting of historical facts.

What I like is that not only does Borowski present facts, but he brings in several different researchers and experts to explain why certain facts still stand as facts and why some have been and still are called into question. It's an hour and four minutes that will blow your mind.

I gave this one 4/5 stars on Netflix. Part of me wished they would have gone into a little more detail on the possible connection between Jack the Ripper and Holmes - guess I'll have to watch the beginning part again to catch all of what they say. I'd also have preferred it if they did a little more digging into where the Chicago fire actually started because Holmes' killing, "castle," went up in flames before it could be turned into a murder museum... It's made to sound a little fishy, but they just don't go into enough detail to prove or disprove that this house could have been a starting point for the fire.

I definitely suggest it, if you're looking for documentaries on serial killers. At the moment, Borowski's documentary on Albert Fish is not available through Netflix Streaming, so it may be awhile before I get a chance to view that one.

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