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H. H. Holmes

Ancestry of Dr.
H. H. Holmes

Serial Killer aka “Devil in the White City”


Who was Dr. Henry Howard Holmes?

Dr. Henry Howard Holmes was born in 1861 as Herman Webster Mudgett in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. However Mr. Mudgett was more popularly known by his alias as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, the infamous Chicago serial killer who operated a murder hotel near the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

The “Murder Castle”

Dr. Holmes built his hotel specifically with murder in mind. The hotel included soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that let him asphyxiate some of his victims. A huge soundproof bank vault was built near his office where he suffocated others. The hotel had hidden passageways and a secret chute that allowed him to dump bodies directly to the basement. In the basement he built a crematorium and lime pits where he could dispose of bodies or body parts. Some of his victims were dissected and stripped of their flesh so that he could sell their organs and skeletons to medical schools.

Most of Dr. Holmes's victims were women, but not all. While he originally confessed to over 100 murders, Dr. Holmes later recanted and said the total was only 27. Erik Larson's bestselling book The Devil in the White City chronicled his crimes during the fair. A movie of the same title is scheduled for release in 2014.

Famous Kin of Dr. Holmes

The famous kin of Dr. Holmes includes some notable people. One of the more interesting is his kinship to the infamous Aaron Burr, Vice President during the administration of Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Dr. Holmes's presidential connections include Presidents John Quincy Adams, Chester Arthur, and Herbert Hoover. He also has royal connections to Princess Diana, Prince William, and the young Prince George.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Dr. H. H. Holmes

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

8th cousin
via Rev. Stephen Bachiler

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Charlie Munger

Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Adam Winthrop Jr.

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Charlie Munger

Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Sanborne

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

8th cousin
via Tristam Coffin

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David Marston Clough

13th Governor of Minnesota

6th cousin 1 time removed
via John Clough

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David Marston Clough

13th Governor of Minnesota

5th cousin
via Ann French

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David Marston Clough

13th Governor of Minnesota

6th cousin 1 time removed
via John Page

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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Tristam Coffin Jr.

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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

13th cousin 3 times removed
via John Denton

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Thomas Bradbury

(c1610/11 - 1694/5)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

14th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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George Washington

1st U.S. President

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Meriwether Lewis

Lewis and Clark Expedition

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Harriet Martineau

Author of The Hour and the Man

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Henry Sturgis Morgan

Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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J.P. Morgan, Jr.

American Banker and Philanthropist

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General George S. Patton

U.S. Army - World War II

21st cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Lizzie Borden

Accused Murderess

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

11th cousin 10 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Francis Scott Key

Author of “The Star Spangled Banner”

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Grover Cleveland

22nd and 24th U.S. President

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Samuel Prescott

Completed Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General Douglas MacArthur

U.S. Army - World War II

21st cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Joseph Bolles

(c1608 - 1678)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

14th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Poet

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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