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“A history lover’s dream!” Meticulously sourced biography of a famous detective who outsmarted H. H. Holmes and killers like him.
“Fascinating history of a 19th century detective!” The remarkable story of the uncompromising and relentless detective who found three children murdered by the Devil in the White City, H. H. Holmes, one of America’s first serial killers. This extraordinary historical biography of Geyer’s 27 year law enforcement career features 120 year old murder cases that made national headlines and history of one of America’s largest police departments.
Featuring killer H. H. Holmes and the cross-country, international investigation that led to the discovery of his shocking crimes, the grisly Hannah Mary Tabbs dismembered torso case, Modern Borgia killer Sarah Jane Whiteling who was the first woman hung in Philadelphia, and several more disturbing cases investigated by Geyer.
Detective in the White City reveals the truth about a hideous and hurtful lie documented in popular nonfiction books stating that Geyer’s wife and daughter died in a fire shortly before he investigated H. H. Holmes.
“JD Crighton’s ‘Detective in the White City’ is a well researched, well written story of Frank Geyer’s life. Crighton’s narrative stays true to the time period, leaving the reader submerged in the late 1800’s, from start to finish. The large amount of photographs, articles, and references will make any history buff giddy, something I have not seen before. ‘Detective in the White City’ earns its 5 star rating, actually 5+ stars from me.” -Michelle Kelly
Holmes’ Own Story. A fascinating look into the mind of one of America’s first serial killers
“Historically accurate. Well written and will be of particular interests to Criminologists in an understanding of the criminal mind, specifically that of a serial killer through their own words.” Five stars, -BN
“Great book, thoroughly cited. Good historical reference for 19th century serial killer.” Five stars, -KB
Excerpt from Part Three of Holmes’ Own Story: Confessed 27 Murders – Lied Then Died:
Judgment Day – Thursday, May 7, 1896
Holmes slept like a baby his last night on earth. After a second attempt to wake him, Holmes got up and dressed. Keeper John Henry asked Holmes how he felt.
“Are you nervous?” said Keeper Henry.
“Not a bit,” said Holmes. He smiled and slid his arms between the prison bars and stretched out his fingers.
“Look at that,” said Holmes. His hands were steady as a rock.