Words of a Monster

Analyzing the Writings of H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer

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About the Book

Decades before the coining of the term “serial killer,” H.H. Holmes murdered dozens of people in his now-infamous Chicago “Murder Castle.” In his own autobiography, Holmes struggled to define himself in the language of the late nineteenth century. As the “first”—or, as he labeled himself, “The Greatest Criminal of the Age”—he had no one to compare himself to, and no ready-made biographical structure to follow. Holmes was thus nearly able to invent himself from scratch. This book uses Holmes’ writings and confessions to inspect how the Arch Fiend represented himself. Although the legitimacy of Holmes’ personal accounts have been called into question, his biography mirrors the narrative structure of the true crime genre that emerged decades after his death.

About the Author(s)

Rebecca Frost teaches at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College in Baraga, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Rebecca Frost
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7704-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3740-2
Imprint: Exposit