Monday, January 18, 2021

Micro Mention "The Devil in the White City"

Erik Larson

This book made the Chicago’s World Fair come alive for me in a way I haven’t experienced before with other histories. Not the first World Fair, but it was the one in America that tends to be remembered the most. My favorite part is probably about the original Ferris Wheel and how it was proposed and constructed to compete with the Eiffel Tower, originally constructed in Paris as the 1889 World's Fair entrance.

The chilling details of the serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who used the fair as cover for his grisly crimes, creates a contrast so vivid it’s arresting. Holmes, not his original name, was one of the original serial killers of the modern age, as terrible and deadly as Jack the Ripper. He even had the twisted humor to rename himself, Holmes, after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's intrepid fictional detective.

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