Devil in the White City

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  • 1881
  • The city of Chicago won the bid for the Worlds Columbian Exposition!
  • 'Holmes Murder Castle'
  • World's Fair Hotel
  • Holmes murders wife and daughter and many other throughout the book.
  • Chicago wins the bid for the Worlds Columbian Exposition, or Worlds Fair. It's architects and planners will be Daniel Burnham, John Root, Frederick Olmsted and Sol Bloom. Little did they know, this was about to become one of the most magnificent and stressful undertakings the world has ever seen.
  • 1893
  • "It was so easy to disappear, so easy to deny knowledge, so very easy in the smoke and din to mask that something dark had taken root. This was Chicago, on the eve of the greatest fair in history.”
  • Important people that attended: (From left t right) Grover Cleveland, Princess Isabel of Spain, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, H.H. Holmes
  • H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploits the fair to find his victims. Holmes opens up his corner store about a year before the Columbian exposition. Later, he would also open up a hotel for the visitors of the fair. These buildings would come to make Holmes very rich, and it was in these places where he would begin his life of crime.
  • 1893
  • Holmes takes his first victim, he murders his wife and daughter and sells their skeletons to a hospital. He would murder others, persuading them to take out a life insurance policy beforehand so he could reap the benefits from their death.
  • 1896
  • “I was born with the devil in me,' [Holmes] wrote. 'I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”
  • The World's Fair opens up in Chicago. It's first day is massive and draws a quarter of a million people, but subsequent days, only about 30,000 attended, which is horrible. Eventually the fair reached around 89,000 people a day, which greatly boosted profits of the fair.
  • “Chicago has disappointed her enemies and astonished the world”
  • The Ferris Wheel makes it debut. Thousands upon thousands of people ride it, and everyone is scared it will fail, but it succeeds flawlessly. Burnham completes construction and increases fair attendance enough to pay debts and make a profit. Unfortunately, the closing of the fair brings tragedy, as the mayor of Chicago, Carter Henry Harrison, is assassinated.
  • In the end, Holmes is arrested for the murder of his associate Benjamin Pitezel. He is also found guilty of insurance fraud and other murders. He is finally discovered for insurance fraud in Philadelphia by Detective Frank Geyer, who also uncovers some of his murder, even though not all of them were proven.His body count is expected to be around 200, though he only confessed to 27 murders.
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