The Murder Of Benjamin Pitezel

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Holmes was first charged with insurance fraud, and then the murder of Benjamin Pitezel (H.H. Holmes Biography, 2015). He was never charged with the deaths of any of his victims in Chicago due to the inability to positively identify any victims (H.H. Holmes, 2004). Holmes gave numerous stories to police about what happened in “The Murder Castle”, and admitted to at least 27 murders, but again, the exact number is not known. Holmes acted as his own lawyer in the case of murder and insurance fraud against him, but was convicted and hanged on May 7, 1896 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (H.H. Holmes Biography, 2015). H.H. Holmes’ was an attractive, businessman, and a charismatic hustler (H.H. Holmes, 2004; Marcus, 2014), He knew how to smooth talk people to do what he wanted (Marcus, 2014). He knew how to charm, seduce and lure woman back to his hotel (Barrett & Lefevre, 2007; Marcus, 2014). This makes his selection of victims not random (Staley, 2014). Holmes surely chose woman that were dressed well, knowing they had lots of money (H.H. Holmes, 2004). He chose woman that were unknown to the city of Chicago, with relatives that only knew they were going to Chicago for the World’s Fair (H.H. Holmes, 2004). It would have been easy for Holmes to pick out his victims. He made them available and vulnerable to his attacks (Staley, 2014). He made his victims feel comfortable enough to follow him back to his hotel (Geberth, 1995; H.H. Holmes, 2004). Once Holmes picked his victims and got them back to the hotel his method of attack was easy with the help of his “Murder Castle”. Holmes was a process-focused serial killer, meaning he killed his victims slowly (Freeman, 2007). This way of killing is done for not only enjoyment but three diffe... ... middle of paper ... ...rganized characteristics we see that he lived near the crime scene, and he left physical evidence (Freeman, 2007). Holmes could be labeled a psychopath as he showed a lack of conscious, remorse, and guilt for his actions (H.H. Holmes, 2004; Johns, 2015). There is no doubt that the crimes H.H. Holmes committed against society were horrific in nature, and unheard of for the time (H.H. Holmes, 2004). America became fascinated with his methods of madness so much that has become mainstream with the release of “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson that chronicles H.H. Holmes during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 (H.H. Holmes Biography, 2015). Though his motives and methods may have been extraordinary and excessive for the time, criminal profilers have learned to understand Holmes’ motives and methods to see inside mind of a serial killer, no matter what era.

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