H. H. Holmes

Location: Burlington
Tag(s): Famous Vermonters
Historical Category: Local History
Video Date: 10/8/2020

Considered one of the first to be labeled a serial killer, H. H. Holmes was born in New Hampshire and spent one year at medical school at the University of Vermont. While living in Chicago in the late 1800s, his various insurance scams and other dark deeds caught up with him through the murder of Benjamin Pitezel. While fleeing Pinkerton agents and insurance investigators, Holmes returned briefly to Burlington, VT. After his capture, human remains were found at his “murder palace” in Chicago, and he eventually confessed to 27 murders before being hanged in 1894.  

This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 (www.mychamplainvalley.com) and the Vermont Historical Society.

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