The Beast of Chicago: The Murderous Career of H.H. Holmes by Rick Geary
A Treasury of Victorian Murder, Book 6
Finished: Oct. 13, 2008
First Published: 2003
Genre: True crime, history, Graphic Novel
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
The year is 1893.
Comments: This is the story of H.H. Holmes, who was infamous as the monster of the Chicago World's Fair in the late 1890s. He built a large building he named "The Castle" which had secret rooms, gas rooms, laboratories, torture rooms, etc. He is known as being America's first serial killer, though actually he was probably just the first one caught and punished. He is thought to have murdered hundreds of people, especially women by running a lodging house within the castle.
Geary's illustrations are on par with previous books in this series. I often think he gets better as he goes along. The detail in his drawings are amazing and the black and white illustrations capture the mood of the story being told.
My only complaint with this novel is that it seemed to rush through the story only skimming the surface and has left me wanting to read more of H.H. Holmes. I already have two other books on my tbr list about this murderer that I will have to get to shortly. Great introduction to the man though and a perfect starting point for those wanting to know the story of this vicious and unconscionable man.