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Chicago, IL

Devil in the White City: Myth and Mystery Bus Tour

Trace the career of Chicago’s most fascinating villain.

Erik Larson’s smash hit book—soon to be a Scorcese/DiCaprio film—has made H.H. Holmes the most famous of America’s antique serial killers. But what do we really know about him? How many people did he kill? Did he really sell their skeletons to medical schools? What became of his various wives and children? The stories might be different than you think!

Author and Holmes expert Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago Tours has been leading Holmes tours for nearly a decade, and will be publishing an enormous book about Holmes in April, 2017. Over time, he's pieced the REAL story together from thousands of primary sources,speaks about Holmes frequently on TV and the radio, and is, without question, the foremost authority on the topic today. His 2.5 hour Holmes tour travels by bus to features highlights of Victorian Chicago (including most of the extant buildings to which Holmes can be traced), relics of the 1893 World’s Fair, the site of the famous “murder castle,” and a quick stop at Chicago’s oldest tavern.   It’s a master class in the career of the man papers called “the arch-fiend of the century” before he was accused of a single murder! 

This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Adam Selzer. He is an author who does all kinds of neat stuff. Besides writing books on silent film in Chicago, ghostlore, antique serial killers, and unsolved mysteries (not to mention about a dozen young adult novels), he runs the Mysterious Chicago blog and tour company.  He’s been a tour guide for a decade, and talks about bizarre local history on TV and the radio regularly. See links to all his stuff at

Is there an age limit for the tour? No age restrication. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Metered street parking, public transportation Red Line Grand or Bus #146, #66, #156. 

Where do we meet? 600 N Clark, outside of Rock and Roll McDonald's 

How will we be traveling? We will be traveling together in a chartered bus.

Is this ADA accessible? No. 

Is my ticket refundable? No, sorry kids no money back on this purchase but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

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