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, the subject of more than 50 lawsuits in Chicago alone. Despite his confession of 27 murders (including some people who were verifiably still alive) while awaiting execution, Holmes was convicted and sentenced to death for only one murder, that of accomplice and business partner Benjamin Pitezel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of H. H. Holmes has received more than 14,121,122 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). H. H. Holmes is the 31st most popular extremist (up from 34th in 2019), the 689th most popular biography from United States (up from 787th in 2019) and the 12th 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 31 out of 205Before him are Amon Göth, John Wayne Gacy, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Carlos the Jackal, Mehmet Ali Ağca, and Ayman al-Zawahiri. After him are Tommaso Buscetta, Luis Carrero Blanco, Nathuram Godse, Otto Ohlendorf, Barry Seal, and Peter Kürten.

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Among people born in 1861, H. H. Holmes ranks 18Before him are Alfred North Whitehead, Robert Bosch, Halford Mackinder, Georgy Lvov, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, and Aristide Maillol. After him are José Rizal, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, Antoine Bourdelle, Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Maximilian von Spee, and Anton Arensky. Among people deceased in 1896, H. H. Holmes ranks 13Before him are Otto Lilienthal, August Kekulé, Hippolyte Fizeau, John Everett Millais, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Naser al-Din Shah Qajar. After him are José Rizal, John Langdon Down, Edmond de Goncourt, Richard Avenarius, Ivar Aasen, and Ambroise Thomas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, H. H. Holmes ranks 689 out of 15,968Before him are John Irving (1942), Gene Wilder (1933), Robert Nozick (1938), Theodore William Richards (1868), Billy Graham (1918), and Jonas Salk (1914). After him are Francis Fukuyama (1952), John Goodman (1952), Robert Altman (1925), Dennis Tito (1940), Bill Evans (1929), and Vincente Minnelli (1903).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, H. H. Holmes ranks 12Before him are Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Albert Fish (1870), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), Jim Jones (1931), and John Wayne Gacy (1942). After him are Barry Seal (1939), Butch Cassidy (1866), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), Frank Sheeran (1920), William Kemmler (1860), and Whitey Bulger (1929).