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Holmes Own Story

I’ve seen references to this document, but not an actual copy. Here is a digital version of H.H. Holmes biography where he refutes the myriad of crimes he’s accused of. It also includes portions of his Moyamensing prison diary.

I have just started getting into this one, but oddly, Holmes comes across as a rather talented writer.

Holmes’ own story, in which the alleged multi-murderer and arch conspirator tells of the twenty-two tragic deaths and disappearances in which he is said to be implicated, with Moyamensing prison diary appendix.
Portraits on covers. Autograph letter from the author to Samuel W. Pennypacker bound before title.

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H.H. Holmes to be exhumed

Jeff Mudgett, great-grandson of H.H. Holmes, has been granted a petition to exhume the remains for the purpose of DNA testing. This will confirm if Holmes was indeed hanged or as some have speculated, that he was able to get someone else to swing in his place while he made a grand escape.

If you recall, Holmes spent a great deal of time writing that his features were changing, that his face was longer and taking on the appearance of the devil. This might have been to enhance his sinister reputation, while others believe it was part of his ruse to slip another body into his place. Further, the massive amount of concrete used to seal away his body not only prevented would-be grave robbing, but prevented any further identification of his remains.

Jeff has also stated he believes Holmes was in London at the times of the Ripper murders and has put forth the idea that Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes are one in the same. It goes against the grain, but Jeff has some interesting theories and evidence. Further, that idea makes more sense than some of the other suspects.

Who knows where this will lead, but it’s extremely intriguing.

http://chicagoist.com/2017/05/01/devil_in_the_white_city_serial_kill.php
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-05-03/body-of-19th-century-serial-killer-exhumed-near-philadelphia

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Ghost Adventures – Dorothea Puente Murder House – S13E05

imageAs Zak and the Ghost Adventures team make their rounds of California, they put in a stop at the boarding house of convicted serial killer, Dorothea Puente. She murdered 9 people and buried 7 of them in the yard. She drugged her tenants with poison in order to get their Social Security checks. Some of her victims may have been buried alive and one was dismembered.

When Zak arrives at the house, we are treated to a mannequin of Dorothea by the doorway, a strange rabbit guardian and plaques that claim the house is innocent of the crimes. There is no interview with the current owner, but his nephew and mother both come on camera for their 15 minutes of fame. Peggy, mother of the owner, claims she has seen visions of Dorothea wearing a yellow dress with splotches, giving an awkward smile. She has smelled death and blood. She even says something has pushed her down. When Zak pulls out the recorder to ask why she’s there and why Peggy, he claims to here "to die" and "you’re dead."

We next hear from John Cabrera, who lead the team that dug bodies from the yard. He shows Zak the room where the victims would have been prepared and notes on his last visit, the carpet was soaked with blood. Zak believes the floor has absorbed that energy of evil and it’s now residual in the house. Truth of the matter is, the smell would have seeped into the board, explaining the smell of death.

To get the investigation underway, Zak brings in psychics Michael and Marti Perry. Michaels feels as though he’s choking, after which, Jay joins in. Michael feels he is channeling a man who lived in the house and is stupefied to find the wall has been taken down as though his memory can’t comprehend the change. We learn from John the wall was taken out, so no shocking detail that nobody knew about. It would take 10 seconds of looking at crime scene photos, of which there are many, to note the change.

Meanwhile, Marti draws a picture of who she sees, which is of course Dorothea as confirmed by Peggy. They even superimpose Marti’s cartoon caricature and a picture of Dorothea, which isn’t even a close match. And while Zak makes a big deal about Michael and Marti being blindfolded, they haven’t exactly been a fount of never before known information.

The actual investigation kicks off with Zak and Billy in the house and Jay in the yard. Zak begins by saying he isn’t afraid, to which he gets the reply, "I don’t care." As they toy with the spirit box, they claim to get the words, "hear me?" as though someone is trying to get their attention.

However, as they get near the bedroom, Zak gets a stabbing pain in back, which is now a sign of the paranormal. Next, Zak lays on the bed and goes into a state as though he’s been drugged by Dorothea. Billy makes the offhand comment to put a pillow over Zak’s face, then claims he didn’t know why he said that. Zak plays the role of victim, Billy the poisoner. Zak even goes so far as to roll off the bed and collapse on the floor. That’s some fine method acting.

While out the in the yard, Jay gets responses on the Ovilus that lead him to believe there are actually 15 buried bodies. During the night, they get 6 more names on the device, which they conclude are the 6 lost victims.

After falling out of bed, Zak heads to the death room and feels something come up on him. In conjunction, he hears, "get out" on the recorder. When Aaron lays on the same bed, he hears noises and footsteps.

Finally, Zak gets the SLS camera to try and find Dorothea. Just as he suspected, she’s hiding, but now he’s nabbed her as proven by the stick figure on the screen. Zak then banishes her out of the house. He apparently wields this sort of power.

While some terrible things have happened at that house, the actual owner doesn’t seem to take it all too seriously. The front yard is almost mocking to the legacy of Dorothea. Additionally, we don’t see hide nor hair of the owner. Is he camera shy or he doesn’t want to perpetuate the myths of the house?

When all is said and done, the weak and frail Dorothea, didn’t make her presence felt in a discernible fashion and six random names on a staticky device is not conclusive of more bodies still left to be discovered on the property.

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Deadly Possessions – Bela Lugosi’s Mirror and Charles Manson’s Television – S01E03

imageThe next items in Zak’s collection of Deadly Possessions, is a mirror reportedly owned by Bela Lugosi and a television supposedly owned by Charles Manson.

Cindy Lee brings in the mirror and tells a tragic tale of how her uncle was brutally murdered. The significance of that story is that he was in one of Lugosi’s homes when it occurred and that the mirror was close at hand and would have witnessed the crime. Cindy believes that a close friend killed her uncle since there was no sign of forced entry and the motive doesn’t seem to be robbery.

Zak them makes a comment that Lugosi was "into the occult" and would have used this mirror within his rituals. Within seconds, Zak is making the leap that the mirror witnesses the murder and quite possibly captured the energy or even the soul of the murderer. Zak then discusses the practice of "Scrying" where you look into a mirror and use it as a portal to see the other side.

Cindy says she feels the mirror has something bad attached to it because her daughter’s experiences. Said daughter is unwilling to discuss the events, but her sister, Irene, relays what she has been told. When looking into the mirror, the sister felt she saw a hand reaching out to get her. She felt teeth marks against her neck as a shadowy figure appeared in the mirror.

Irene explains that when she slept in the same room as the mirror, she had a nightmare and woke with scratches on her body.

Cindy doesn’t want the mirror and claims she can’t sell it or even give it away, which I find shockingly hard to believe. Nobody wants a mirror owned by the famed Bela Lugosi?

Zak puts the mirror in his famed isolation chamber and has three volunteers ponder their images in it and report if they see anything. Aaron and Ashley claim they feel and see something. They both report there is a light in the corner. Aaron even goes so far as to say he sees himself as an extremely old man.

And then in what Zak believes is no coincidence, the basement of his museum is flooded. When he goes down there to record the damage, he captures all sorts of noises such as banging and rattling. That banging clearly can be the broken pipes that caused the damage in the first place.

The next item is a television reportedly owned by Charles Manson with a strange little tale associated with it. Nick Kloster, used to buy and sell cars. One vehicle he bought ended up having a television and a slew of prison letters from Charles Manson. That is certainly a creepy set of mementos to keep around. But things take a dark turn when Jason brings the television into his bedroom many years later. Shortly thereafter, his mother passes away, he loses his job and there is an accident where a motorcyclist is killed in his driveway.

Zak then talks with Jason Freeman, the grandson of Charles Manson. He doesn’t seem to have any ill will towards his grandfather and has been in contact with him by phone and through letters for the past couple of years. Jason confirms the handwriting on the TV manual is his grandfathers, which apparently authenticates ownership.

Jason has had some troubles in his life and wants to shake off the curse of his family name, which I’m sure most people didn’t know about until he told them on national television. But in order to make a new start, he wants to be baptized which Zak arranges. Dunk your head in a pond and all your troubles go away.

As we get back to the television, Zak believes that Manson was able to imprint his mental powers onto objects like someone out of the X-Men. Zak believes Manson cursed the television and was somehow able to arrange for these diabolical items to end up in the hands of unsuspecting victims.

Interestingly, Jason packed up the television and sent it to a friend. Ashley was in possession of it, read over the letters and did some research on her own. She makes states the man who sold the car and by extension the TV, is now in prison because of trying to hire people to kill his family, in a similar manner as Manson did. That sends Zak into a tizzy.

Putting the grim nature of the crimes aside, these are pretty unique items. However, the "curses" or dark energy surrounding them seems a little outrageous. I don’t believe Charles Manson has power over people, at least not over someone that isn’t mentally sick or feeble. And while there is a superstition that has people covering mirrors in their home when someone dies, it seems very hard to believe that a mirror has somehow captured the energy of a killer because it was in the room at the time.

Additionally, I’m not sure where Zak is getting his information about Lugosi practicing the occult. Lugosi didn’t have any qualms about playing dark or sinister styled characters, but I haven’t heard of nor can I find anything that indicates he practiced the occult. And if Zak is referring to staring into a mirror, I hardly say that counts as occult behavior. And if he means the use of a Ouija during the hype of Spiritualism, I don’t really think that counts either.

While tragic, it is hard to connect these accidents to Manson. If he were that capable, which he isn’t, I’m pretty sure his vengeance would be directed at those around him in prison not complete strangers.

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