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 Erik Larson is a Non-Fiction book, but it gives essential information necessary to understand where the concepts of architectural design and the depraved mind of serial killers began in the U.S.. The book reviews help illuminate the highlights of the book and the balance between good and evil. H.H. Holmes is considered America’s first serial killer. H. H. Holmes was born on May 16th, 1861, in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and was born under the name of Herman Webster Mudgett (“H.H.” 1). He grew up in a small farming village in New Hampshire’s lake country. His childhood was one filled with child neglect and loneliness. There was one instance in The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America where two…
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