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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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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward I, King of England

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin 1 time removed
via Alice de Audley

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir William de Ros

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Henry de Percy

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

17th cousin
via Sir Maurice de Berkeley

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Humphrey de Bohun

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Edmund Greenleaf

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Tristam Coffin

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Hugh de Kevelioc

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin
via Sir Roger de Quincy

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Alan la Zouche

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir William Longespee

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Roger de Somery

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Roger la Zouche

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John Paul Stevens

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Adam Winthrop III

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

21st cousin
via Hugh de Kevelioc

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin
via Sir Alan la Zouche

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Roger de Somery

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John de Harington

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Steve McQueen

Movie Actor

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Steve McQueen

Movie Actor

15th cousin
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Steve McQueen

Movie Actor

15th cousin 1 time removed
via Eleanor Holand

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James C. Jones

10th Governor of Tennessee

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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James C. Jones

10th Governor of Tennessee

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Alan of Galloway

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