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

H.H. Holmes - America's First Serial KillerDepicts the entire life of Herman Mudgett, AKA Holmes, and his castle of horrors.

Also known as the torture doctor, Holmes designed his own building, complete with torture chambers, where he rented rooms to unsuspecting victims visiting the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.

Focuses on Dr. Holmes' entire life of crime and villainy (1861-1896).

Threaded with on-location footage from Holmes' past haunts, such as his childhood home in New Hampshire and the Philadelphia courtroom where his trial was held.

It's a visual tour-de-force of reenactments, expert interviews, and period photography.

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Ratings: 6.79/10 from 39 users.

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19 Comments / User Reviews

  1. ChieftestofSinners

    This was a real snoozefest. Instead of reenactments, it's mostly cheesy voice-overs and repetitive stock footage of cobblestone streets, courtrooms, etc. Frankly, I needed a lot more descriptions of torture.

  2. James Chanen

    Although the facts in this case were indeed presented correctly, I feel that the movie had to have been made some time ago as it most resembles documentaries dated in the 1970's. Not the best production value. Obviously an older picture.

  3. SirCapt'n

    I thought it was pretty good, not boring at all. The facts alone kept me interested. Keep up the good work on the best documentary site ever. The only one with regular updates, that I can find anyway.

  4. apophis2036

    HH Holmes isn't the first serial killer in America...(maybe lone killer)....that title belongs to the Bender family of Kansas....which is a much better story than Holmes, and yet hardly ANYONE has heard of them, and the terrible murders they committed. A whole "family" of murderers who used to own an inn on the plains of Cherryvale, Kansas. That true story reads like a Hollywood movie, and I can't believe nobody has actually done one single movie or doc about it. That story has it all, and no one is really sure what happened to them. Research it....it is a great story if you are into this type of subject.

  5. Me

    That guy? with the glasses? everything he says? has got, like, a question mark at the end? every statement is a question?

  6. Yunya

    They should have hired Sherlock Holmes.

  7. Efran

    @ChieftestofSinners It seems to me like this docu was made more for the story of HH Holmes the man, focusing less on his torture...I guess this was more biographical and I suggest you are looking at the wrong type of program. Maybe consider one more specifically about torture or something.

    @Me yess finally a comment about this. I never bothered but Ive seen him in a few programs, it always bothers me alot lol.

  8. Vanderbil Covington III

    I would like to see a full length movie about H.H. Holmes on the same cinamatic level as the Hanable Lector series. There is amirable effort out on audio tape/dvd by Erik Larson, entitled; "The Devil in the White City", read by Tony Goldwyn. With a good producer, the movie version would be a hit. As indicated in the Larson version, after Holmes was catured, he stated his physical features were becoming distinctly demonic. Upon his execution, many of his trial witnesses fell victim to very mysterious and gruesome deaths. The most terrifying aspect about the Holmes saga, as opposed to the Lector fantasy,-- it is all true

  9. Vanderbil Covington III

    Whether the Cherryvale murders were exploited in the "Texas Chainsaw Murders" or "Last House on the Left" movies, there have been many cinamatic efforts to portray maniacal families.

  10. Anthony Young

    Wes Cravens "The people under the stairs" borrows from H.H. Holmes with the mansion of horror.

  11. John L. Moseman

    Leonardo DiCapro is slated for HH HOLMES in a movie upcoming
    in fact he bough the book

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  13. alexjonesisanidiot

    Anyone else laugh when they saw the re-enactments with LEGOs?

  14. Crybaby

    this is not the documentary from the picture. This is a documentary called "murder hotel." The one in the picture isn't online free anymore, you can pay for it on youtube.

  15. Richard Terrell

    A thinly veiled imitation of the Benders was used in an episode on "The Big Valley".(ME TV) Nick neatly got the "hammer from behind the curtain", and fell in love with "the girl". Portrayed as from Missourri instead of Kansas. Also used a river as a burial ground instead of the back yard.

  16. Vanessa Young

    Those bitches are dumb why do they care if there great grandfather or whatever he is got murdered im sorry but he wasnt a good person live by the sword die by the sword..
    and HH Holmes is more interesting than the Bender,Dahmer,Gacy,Bundy he is pretty much the most interesting!

  17. John

    This film is Murder Hotel NOT HH Holmes America's First Serial Killer.

  18. Michael Draven

    Leonardo DiCaprio is going to star in the movie with the same title, The Devil in the White City...

  19. Darren

    programs are often renamed when broadcast in another country.

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