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H.H. Holmes and the Murder Castle: Topics in Chronicling America

Search Strategies & Selected Articles

The links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in Chronicling America. You can further explore the topic of "H.H. Holmes and the Murder Castle" using the following search strategies:

  • Use the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase:
    H.H. Holmes, Castle, swindler, Fidelity Mutual Insurance, Jeptha D. Howe, Marion Hedgepeth, Pietzel, Pitzel
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
  • Searching for aliases will improve results. Born Herman Mudgett, his aliases included: H.H. Holmes, H.M. Howard, Harry Gordon, and Pratt.
  • Searching for victims’ names will also improve results. Alleged victims include: Benjamin F. Pietzel, Howard Pietzel, Etta Pietzel, Alice Pietzel, Hettie Pietzel, Minnie Williams, Nina Williams, Emily Van Tassell, Julia Conner, Pearl Conner, Emeline Cigrand, Johnathan Belknap, and Mary Cron.
  • The address of “Holmes’ Castle of Crime” is often reported, thus adding “Sixty-third and Wallace” to a search can improve results.
  • Pietzel, the last name of four of Holmes’ victims, is often reported as Pitzel.

Selected Articles from Chronicling America