H. H. Holmes

1861 - 1896

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Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861 – May 7, 1896), better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or H. H. Holmes, was an American con artist and serial killer active between 1891 and 1894. By the time of his execution in 1896, Holmes had engaged in a lengthy criminal career that included insurance fraud, forgery, swindling, three to four bigamous marriages, horse theft and murder. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of H. H. Holmes has received more than 17,198,830 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). H. H. Holmes is the 36th most popular extremist (down from 33rd in 2019), the 755th most popular biography from United States (up from 793rd in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Extremist.

H. H. Holmes is most famous for the murders he committed in the late 1800s. He was a con man who would lure people to his hotel, kill them, and then steal their belongings.

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Among extremists, H. H. Holmes ranks 36 out of 283Before him are Luis Carrero Blanco, Abu Nidal, Otto Ohlendorf, Cleon, Nathuram Godse, and Andreas Baader. After him are Jim Jones, Tommaso Buscetta, Peter Kürten, Joseph Kony, William Kemmler, and Mehmet Ali Ağca.

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Among people born in 1861, H. H. Holmes ranks 21Before him are Robert Bosch, José Rizal, Aristide Maillol, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, and Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby. After him are Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, Antoine Bourdelle, Italo Svevo, Maximilian von Spee, Ranavalona III, and Nettie Stevens. Among people deceased in 1896, H. H. Holmes ranks 15Before him are Hippolyte Fizeau, Otto Lilienthal, José Rizal, John Everett Millais, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After him are Edmond de Goncourt, Louis-Jules Trochu, Richard Avenarius, Ambroise Thomas, John Langdon Down, and Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, H. H. Holmes ranks 755 out of 20,380Before him are Ali MacGraw (1939), David Fincher (1962), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Richard Dean Anderson (1950), Paul Morphy (1837), and Les Paul (1915). After him are Steven Weinberg (1933), John Huston (1906), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Randy Quaid (1950), Tommy Hilfiger (1951), and Terrence Malick (1943).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, H. H. Holmes ranks 11Before him are Ted Bundy (1946), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Ed Gein (1906), and Albert Fish (1870). After him are Jim Jones (1931), William Kemmler (1860), Timothy McVeigh (1968), George Jung (1942), Edmund Kemper (1948), and Butch Cassidy (1866).