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This book contains the shocking dramatization of real events carried out by the serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes.
After 2 years of research and consultation with modern day serial killer profilers, I believe this to be the most accurate dramatized account of America's first documented serial killer, Henry Holmes.
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America's first documented serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes, holds a dubious and ghastly record that few serial killers in history have surpassed. The 19th century killer is thought to have committed over 200 murders, but, for unexplained reasons, appears to have been overlooked by many true crime enthusiasts. Set partly in the era when "Jack the Ripper" was terrorizing the foggy streets of London with his gruesome slayings in the 19th century, Holmes was committing his nefarious crimes in America, undetected.
Holmes, a handsome, well dressed gentleman with high intelligence, was a murderer and accomplished conman. Charm and trust were his most effective weapons and he wielded them as expertly as any surgeon would a scalpel.
To achieve an easy way to entrap and dispose of his intended victims, Holmes constructed a huge building that when his crimes were revealed, the newspapers of the time named the "Murder Hotel." And this is a fair description as there can be no doubt the building was constructed for the sole purpose of killing his victims and the disposal of their corpses. Though the majority of his victims were women he charmed and ensnared in his murderous grasp, he also murdered men and children.
As the trial judge said when charging the jury responsible for convicting Holmes: "Truth is stranger than fiction, and if the story is true—(and it was proven to be true)—it is the most wonderful exhibition of the power of mind over mind I have ever seen, and stranger than any novel I have ever read."
Even more shocking because it is based on true events
"An atmospheric dramatization of a true crime mystery using source documents and the investigations carried out by detective Frank Geyer to portray a believable and disturbing account of the heinous murders and crimes of the serial killer, Henry H. Holmes."
Horrific and Fascinating in equal measure
"Grabs your concentration by the throat with every horrific and appalling act carried out by H. H. Holmes and never lets go. The scenes are so well written that you find yourself witnessing everything as if you were there."
A Chilling Read
"Insightful thoughts of some characters during their impending death make it too easy to identify with the horror of what they experienced. By the time I got to the end of some parts, I was out of breath, literally!"
An Amazing Tale
"I was really swept away by the true story I'd never heard of before - how come Jack the Ripper is so well known? Henry Holmes defies belief - a conman and a serial killer- he built a hotel to murder people and dispose of their bodies...."
"As an avid serial killer enthusiast (I promise it’s just an interest) and an equally fascinated H.H. Holmes enthusiast; I will beg you to indulge me as I explain how EXCITED I was to read this book. I have picked up on Holmes' references in so many books; series and movies as well as having completed a lot of research for fun in my spare time so when I saw a this book I knew I had to read it. With that also came a sense of doubt because there is no greater disappointment than being a fan of something and reading a book about it that isn’t good. So you could say that I went into this book with two minds already.
My mind was set at ease from the beginning of the first chapter. Not only is the writing amazing; but there was obviously a lot of careful research done before it was written. As I weaved my way through the life of America’s first documented serial killer I could feel; see and taste everything he was experiencing. It was an excellent read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was rewarded with even more information on Holmes and his spree of marriages; cons and killings than I already had and the way in which it was laid out in this book was just perfect."
"Very well written. The author clearly states that the book is a novel; however after reading Devil and the White City and biographical materials on H. H. Holmes, the only liberties the author seemed to take with the factual account were private conversations and personal scenes. He obviously did his homework."
A very detailed telling of a warped mind
"Considerable research went into writing the book. It follows Holmes as he perpetrates scam after scam, until he’s finally caught. You have to be disgusted by him by the time you are done."
"Absorbingly horrific. As if it were a plane crash that you just can't look away from, because you're intrigued as to how and what will happen next."
"An absorbing read that will remain with you long after you've turned the last page."
An Horrific Monster
"An Insatiable Thirst for Murder is the perfect title for this book, because an insatiable thirst for murder is exactly what Henry Holmes had. He is known as America’s first recorded serial killer, but he should be known as the worst. We’ve had other monsters in this country in the years since Holmes, but none as bad as he was Many serial killers stick to one kind of victim, but Holmes killed women, men, and even children. And he even constructed a hotel designed specifically to make it easy to kill people and dispose of their bodies."
"If someone made up a fictional character like Holmes, it would be unbelievable, but as they say, truth is stranger than fiction. Ben Hammott has done a fantastic job of telling the story of the monster that was Holmes. He takes the historical facts and dramatizes them in a very entertaining way. If you like true crime, you’ll love this book, but be warned, it might keep you up at night."
"Couldn't put down after starting. Read in 2 days. Unreal that he got away with so much for long. A interesting read."
"An informative and exciting true crime mystery following the investigations of Detective Frank Geyer as he unravels the heinous crimes of the serial killer, Henry Holmes."
"Frank Geyer’s memoir is an indispensable primary source for anyone interested in the Holmes case. Having personally worked with the badly scanned PDF version of the original book, I’m sure a great deal of manual effort went into creating this ebook version and the price is well worth it."
"Worth five stars!! It's a book you can read all the way to the end or choose a chapter you want to read the most and read that first by tapping onto it, I love books like this. Very interesting about the infamous Holmes.."
"I read this after reading Hammott's An Insatiable Thirst for Murder, and boy is it just as chilling. A bit dry in places with a lot of information to be taken in, but worth the effort if this subject interests you. Like you get four books for the price of one. Holmes diary/confession books were interesting and the photographs really brought the era and his crimes to life."
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