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Obscura Society IL: Devil in the White City: Myth and Mystery

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? And where did the stories of the “Holmes Curse” come from? 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. Over time, he's pieced the story together from thousands of primary sources, and speaks about Holmes frequently on TV and the radio. 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! Check out the Holmes posts on Adam’s Mysterious Chicago blog.

Notes for this adventure:

- Meet outside of the Rock and Roll McDonald’s.

- We will be traveling together in a chartered bus.

- Not ADA accessible.

- A signed liability waiver will be required from all confirmed attendees.

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