Analysis Of The Book ' The Devil Of The White City : Murder, Magic, And Madness At The Fair

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The textbook definition of a serial killer is someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in less than a month (“Serial” 1). H.H. Holmes was a devious and handsome young man. He was a very dangerous person that could not be trusted. On the other hand, the textbook definition of an architect is a person who designs buildings and in many cases helps supervise those projects. One of America’s greatest architects in history was Daniel Hudson Burnham. He led America to do great things in architectural design. These two are very different, but they are brought together in the turbulent and chaotic environment of Chicago in the late 1800’s. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by…show more content…
Holmes became a medical student at the University of Michigan (“H.H.” 1). This is when he started to steal human bodies and experiment on them. This is when people started to heed and pay very close attention to him. “I was born with the devil in me”, he wrote. “I could not help the fact I was a murderer, no more that the poet can help the inspiration to sing” (Larson 109). This gives an insight into his mind. Based on this statement, it seems that he had no control over his actions. H.H. Holmes was hung on May 7th, 1896 (“H.H.” 1). They considered him to be one of America’s first serial killers. He killed anywhere between 20 to 200 people. He is most definitely a stark opposite of good.
Daniel Hudson Burnham is considered one of the greatest architects that ever lived. Daniel Hudson Burnham was born on September 4th, 1846, in Henderson, New York (Larson 19). His family was one devoted to principles of obedience, self-subordination, and public service. He was nine years old when they moved to Chicago. In 1871, he left his job and started a firm with John Root, who later helped start the ideas of what to do with the fair that led to H.H. Holmes’s killing to increase (“Hudson” 1). John Root was born on January 10th, 1850, in Lumpkin, Georgia (Larson 20). Burnham was the the one who handled the clients and business aspect of the firm and Root was the one who was the thinker and designer of the firm. They were both well respected. Root died of
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