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Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-Of-The-Century Chicago
Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-Of-The-Century Chicago | Harold Schechter
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The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious -- but only Harold Schechter's Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World's Fair. "Destined to be a true crime classic" (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the dapper, charming Holmes -- who alternately posed as doctor, druggist, and inventor to snare his prey -- was the architect of a labyrinthine "Castle of Horrors." Holmes admitted to twenty-seven murders by the time his madhouse of trapdoors, asphyxiation devices, body chutes, and acid vats was exposed. The seminal profile of a homegrown madman in the era of Jack the Ripper, Depraved is also a mesmerizing tale of true detection long before the age of technological wizardry.
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TheIndianBookworm
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I read this book long back. I picked this after I read an article about books on serial killers on internet. I would say, it's a good paced book and if you have the guts to read some gory and grotesque details you should definitely read it. You'll definitely get to know more about the serial killer psyche and why they do this. In this case, why H.H. Holmes did this.
I tried reading 'Deranged' by same writer but didn't get the hook to it.
4.5/5🌟

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OrangeMooseReads
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For anyone interested I finally got my slightly longer review of Depraved written and posted Orangemoosereads.wordpress.com I‘m going to try to have at least a short comparison with ‘Devil in the White City‘ up later today.

Bklover Thanks for the review! This story is fascinating , although all I‘ve read is Devil in the White City. 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Bklover Depraved is just Holmes where Devil is more about the Fair 2y
Bklover Totally silly question but did you happen to see the episode of Timeless that was about H.H. Holmes? It was kind of interesting. Probably not factual, but interesting! 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Bklover no I didn‘t see it, I don‘t normally watch that show. I tend to forget what is on what nights. I‘ll have to look for that episode. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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I am HIGHLY disappointed in how Schechter ended the book, it feels incomplete. There wasn‘t a lot that I didn‘t already know from having read “Devil in the White City” there was a lot of focus on the trial of Holmes which there wasn‘t as much in “Devil”. It was interesting for sure and worth reading. A few times the writing wasn‘t great, but over all it was good. I‘ll have a longer review and comparison up this weekend on my blog.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Only 30 pages to go. I WILL finish this damn book today!

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OrangeMooseReads
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After reading this I really want to read more about The Pinkertons. I watched a show on Netflix I believe, based on The Pinkerton Agency and it was good. I‘m going to have to do some Amazon searching tomorrow. 😊 #alwayssomethingnewtolearn

Readage Great book 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Readage I‘m liking it so far 2y
Richryan52 Thanks for the like. If you are a Holmes fan, I think you might enjoy this. Think Doyle meets Dan Brown! 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Time to read this until I HAVE to go to sleep. Although it is getting into the more detailed, rough part of Holmes spree before he is finally caught.

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m not sure how you‘ll get to sleep! 😳 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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1. My daily cup of coffee. The creamer is Himalayan Salted Caramel.
2. America‘s First Serial Killer
3. I have no sign of wisdom teeth (I‘ve had 2 dentists and an orthodontist confirm through X-rays).
4. JEM or She-Ra
5. Cancer
#humpdaypost @MinDea

monkeygirlsmama Mmm that creamer sounds yummy for sure. And I said I still have my wisdom teeth, but I don‘t actually know that for fact. I know I never had any out, but maybe I never had any to begin with. 2y
tournevis Stupid question: there are seas in the Himalayas? 2y
OrangeMooseReads It is good. They have a vanilla flavor as well that is really good. Next time you get X-rays at the dentist ask if there is any trace. @monkeygirlsmama (edited) 2y
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tournevis @OrangeMooseReads I know what sea salt is. I know what Himalayan salt is. I just think one excluded the othet. 2y
MinDea Fun fact: Himalayan salt is rock salt or halite from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the Himalayas, but falsely marketed as being from the Himalayas. (I just looked this up on Wikipedia) @tournevis 2y
OrangeMooseReads @tournevis I‘m an idiot this morning, I don‘t know why I added sea to it, it‘s just Himalayan salted caramel. I really should read packages and labels better. My apologies for being confusing and not smart this morning. 2y
tournevis @OrangeMooseReads You are not an idiot. Mornings are just hard! 2y
tournevis @MinDea Yes! Indeed! 2y
OrangeMooseReads @tournevis thank you. Yes they are lol 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Up next. #historynerd

Lcsmcat I read Devil in the White City several months ago. If you‘ve read it, I‘d be interested to hear your opinion on how their ideas about him compare. 2y
GarthRanzz I‘ve had this on my TBR for quite awhile. Maybe next time I‘m in a non-fiction mood I‘ll dig it out. 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Lcsmcat I have read that one. I will definitely be comparing. 2y
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WarpedSweetness
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Serial killers are some pretty soulless people I think.

#SoullessSaturday #hallowreads @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

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OrangeMooseReads
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I made a bookshelf #TBRBINGO card as well last night

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OrangeMooseReads
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B&N visit produced these wonderful bargain priced books. $8.98 was the most expensive. I'm excited to read the Salinger book. I'm fascinated by him.

MrBook #NiceStack! @BookBabe just read BLL. 3y
OrangeMooseReads @MrBook I've heard good things about it 3y
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heatherkaz
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my #favevillain has to be H.H. Holmes! this book was fascinating and as true as it is horrifying. it's always creepier when you know it's a true story. #somethingforseptember

LauraJ Great choice and a real villain too! 3y
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