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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

27 Sep

Not long after Jack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H.H. Holmes dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during the city’s finest moment, the World’s Fair of 1893. (Publishers Weekly) At the same time Chicago architect, Danile H. Burnham performed miracles to create the hugely successful World’s Fair that Holmes used to his advantage to become the first serial killer in the United States. Moving between the two fascinating stories, one quickly forgets that this book is nonfiction. 2003, 447 pages.

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1 Comment

Posted by on September 27, 2007 in Nonfiction

 

One response to “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

  1. David Spira

    September 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    It’s an excellent read. I also agree that it is easy to forget that the story is true.

     

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