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MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

Episode 50 -- "The Man in the Bowler Hat" (PODCAST EXCLUSIVE EPISODE)

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In the late 1800s, a very strange hotel was constructed in Chicago, Illinois. From the outside, it looked perfectly normal, but the inside of the hotel was anything but. Hallways were a maze of twists and turns, and there were trap doors, sliding walls and secret stairwells everywhere. But the shock factor of this hotel was part of its allure. Walking around and getting lost could actually be kind of thrilling. But, what guests didn't know was that every time they got lost in that hotel, they might never find their way out again...

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Main Sources:

Books:

Larson, E. (2004). The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America [E-book]. Vintage.


Selzer, A. (2019). H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil (Reprint ed.) [E-book]. Skyhorse.


Larson, E. (2004). The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America [E-book]. Vintage.


Griffith, W., & Selzer, A. (2011). The Murder Castle of HH Holmes: A Scrapbook of Eyewitness Accounts, Diagrams, and Ephemera: Mini Edition (Chicago Unbelievable 3) (4th ed.). Open Etc.


History, H. (2018). H. H. Holmes: The Life of the American Ripper (Biographies of Serial Killers). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Holmes), M. H. H. W., Holmes, H. H., McClenahan, J. E., & Clarke, F. (2013). Confessions of the Serial Killer H.H. Holmes (Illustrated) (3rd ed.) [E-book].


Documentaries:

H. H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer 

Director: John Borowski

2004 ‧ Documentary/History ‧ 1h 4m


Magazines:

Smithsonian

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enduring-mystery-hh-holmes-americas-first-serial-killer-180977646/


Various Online Locations:

Library of Congress (timeline)

https://guides.loc.gov/chronicling-america-h-h-holmes


Updated list of victims

https://mysteriouschicago.com/new-master-list-of-hh-holmes-victims/


Shmoop

https://www.shmoop.com/study-guides/literature/devil-in-the-white-city


Rebecca Frost Writes

https://rebeccafrostwrites.com/2021/12/21/h-h-holmes-victims-benjamin-pitezel/


​​TIMELINES:

Famous trials

https://hhholmestrial.weebly.com/chronology.html


Famous bios

https://famousbio.net/h-h-holmes-2362.html


Timetoast (interactive)

https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/h-h-holmes-27f88852-9cfe-4606-a5f0-a2576fef4158


Key figures/victims

https://hhholmestrial.weebly.com/key-figures.html


Biography

https://www.biography.com/news/hh-holmes-victims


Gilded Age

https://www.history.com/topics/19th-century/gilded-age#end-of-the-gilded-age


History of forensic science

https://ifflab.org/history-of-forensic-science/


Chicago Worlds Fair: the Columbian exposition 1893

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_Columbian_Exposition


Union stockyard

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Stock_Yards

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