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Crime History: Chicago's hotel killer executed by hanging

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On this day, May 7, in 1896, Dr. H.H. Holmes, the mass murderer who tortured and killed dozens of guests inside his Chicago hotel, was executed by hanging. Holmes admitted to 27 murders, but the total count could be more than 100, many during the 1893 World's Fair. Holmes built a block-long mansion with secret passageways, fake walls and trapdoors. He'd fill guestrooms with lethal gas then take...

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