A devil from Chicago's history

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This is one of the murals painted on on a concrete railroad retaining wall in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago that showcases local Chicago icons.

I had never heard of HH Holmes before I read Erik Larson 's book 'The Devil in the White City.'

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The book is a true tale of the architect who designed the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the serial killer who used the spectacle of the fair to lure his victims to their deathsl. HH Holmes was the alias used by the con artist and bigamist who was one of America's first serial killers. It is not known how many people he actually tortured and killed, but estimates are between 20 and 200. He was eventually apprehended and hanged.

Martin Scorsese’s TV adaptation of The Devil in the White City, with Leonardo DiCaprio aired on Hulu.

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Another mural portrays DJ King Marie, who besides being a DJ is also a model and is active in the Filipino American community around Chicago.

"All I know is that I want to make people dance and vibe. - DJ King Marie

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Muddy Waters- Known as the father of modern Chicago blues.

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There is more information about this muralin this article from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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I remember reading about that guy in school during a sociology deviancy class...nasty man!

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He certainly was evil. I grew up in Illinois and went to school there and never heard about that monster.

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If I remember correctly, he wasn't really discussed much until the late 1990's, when interest in serial killer books started to peak

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I have not even heard about him so far, but now I looked up his name. I read that he was a serial killer, and I immediately stopped reading. I do not even want to know anything more about him.

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That sounds like a good plan! I never watched the TV show that was made about him.

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all for the better, my friend! There is an odd fascination with serial killers over here. It's interesting from a sociological perspective, for sure.

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That is interesting fact that painting of serial killer on wall which is also surprising that what is reason behind it.

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It was left up to the various artists to paint a selection of faces to are iconic to the city. This guy left a mark on the city. An evil mark.

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I have never heard this story of this serial killer but I will look out for the book now. The murals are great. I love this type of authentic local street art. Thanks for sharing.

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The book was good and I learned a lot about the Fair. Holmes built a house to accommodate his horrific deeds, complete with a crematorium and a lime pit in the basement to dispose of the bodies.

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To call it a house is a bit like calling Disneyland a nice park where people can go on rides. He owned like a city block and built it into a Hotel which was dubbed "Murder Castle". After the fact of course. But the word Castle should indicate the size. Was a custom job too, he kept hiring different construction teams to work on different parts of the building, then fire them, hire another to complete another section. Super smart cat. Was a doctor.

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Gas lines leading into rooms, doors and hallways that went into dead ends. Trap doors, hidden passages, and yes a "dumb waiter" of sorts that went from every floor of the "House" to the basement where he would dismember and sell the body parts to multiple buyers (usually Medical Schools I believe) and for some reason I seem to recall there was talk recently of him actually being Jack the Ripper, but I don't think that panned out.

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That is more than just a house. That is so extensive!!!

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Wow, that is horrific. It is also amazing (in a dark gruesome way) the extent to which evil people can go to cover up their deeds. The cunning deliberate and devious nature is outstanding.

You have my curiosity peeked. 😏

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That first one... If it's a tribute to him, that's a little disturbing! We definitely don't want to honor serial killers. Still, it's great art :)

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I imagine the flames might represent that the guy is burning in hell.

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Possibly. I don't know why, but I thought they were a reference to the Chicago Fire.

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Another great selection of Street Art from the Windy City... And cool to see information about the murals (now I want to read The Devil in the White City 😀)

Thanks for sharing these pics on The StreetArt Community.

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I enjoyed the book and mostly read it for the history about the Fair because I have always felt a personal connection. I have a spring a freshwater in my yard and in 1893 water from my spring was entered into a competition at the World's Fair and it won first place for best tasting water!

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Cool a piece of history in your yard with this spring 👍

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