Summary Of Erik Larson 's ' The Devil 's The Red Devil ' And ' Where Is The White City

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This lesson provides an overview of Erik Larson 's 2003 book “The Devil in the White City”, including a summary, an analysis of the book 's structure, and a discussion of the real-life individuals and events at the heart of the story.
!!!Who 's the Devil, and Where is the White City?

When Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese team up to make a big-budget movie based on your book, you know you 've arrived. This doesn 't happen to most nonfiction authors, but it 's happening to Erik Larson, best known for his 2003 book ' 'The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America ' '.

' 'The Devil in the White City ' ' is set in Chicago, Illinois in the early 1890s. The book entwines two true stories that,
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!!!The Devil: H. H. Holmes and The Murder Castle

Dr. H. H. Holmes is one of the two main figures in ' 'The Devil in the White City ' '. Born Herman Webster Mudgett in 1861, Holmes was a shady character from the beginning. While studying medicine and surgery at the University of Michigan, he stole bodies from the university 's laboratory, mutilated them, and reported their deaths as accidents so he could collect on the insurance policies he had taken out on the dead. Around the time that he arrived in Chicago, Holmes began using his famous __alias__, or false name, Dr. H. H. Holmes.

Upon arriving in Chicago in 1886, Holmes set himself up in business as a pharmacist. In 1893, sensing a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity, he opened a hotel, which he called the World 's Fair Hotel. The building would become notorious as Holmes 's Murder Castle.

Holmes 's hotel was an impenetrable maze of more than 100 windowless rooms, dead-end hallways, and doors opening to nowhere. To ensure that he alone understood the overall plan of the building, Holmes constantly hired and fired building crews, keeping anyone from working on the Murder Castle for too long.

Holmes murdered dozens - perhaps hundreds - of people who stayed in his hotel while they were in Chicago to attend the World 's Fair. His victims were primarily women, but he preyed occasionally on men and children as well. His Murder Castle was specially
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