The World 's Columbian Exposition

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The World’s Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World was held in Chicago in 1893. With the crowding of people, tourists have a high demand for a place to stay during their visit. A young man by the name of H.H. Holmes decides to open up a large hotel during the Columbian Exposition to bring in extra money. Little did his customers know that the man they are staying with would soon become one of the first documented serial killers. Many aspects throughout Holmes’s life formed him into the kind of person he turned out to be. Influences from his childhood, his greed for money and power, and his intelligence gave him the ability to construct his “Murder Castle” and carry out the numerous killings. Studies show that children’s most formative years are from birth to age five. Born as Herman Webster Mudgett on May 16, 1861, Holmes showed signs at a very early age of great intelligence. He was raised as a Methodist in the small town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. His father, Levi Mudgett, was a violent alcoholic. This sort of upbringing with a brutal father like Holmes had is one of the many influences in Holmes’s childhood that shaped him into the kind of person he would soon become. Holmes started school at the age of six, but it was not an easy experience for him. He was constantly bullied by the older kids because he was smarter than all of them. He came to feel worthless and that he did not belong…
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