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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America - Part 1, Hotel for the Fair Summary & Analysis

Erik Larson
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Part 1, Hotel for the Fair Summary

With the news of the World's Exposition, Holmes focused on turning his building into a hotel for the fairgoers to stay in, with a few apartments for tenants as well. It was during this time that certain features of the building were constructed for Holmes' personal use.

Holmes had challenges as well. The young women working for him in the pharmacy kept disappearing. The patrons of his pharmacy questioned him, but he always had a plausible story and pacified them.

Holmes traveled to Willmett every so often to visit his wife Myrta. During one of these visits, he met her Uncle John. From the beginning, Uncle John did not like Holmes. John did not trust him, but Holmes was charming enough to get Uncle John to lend him some money. Holmes also invited Uncle John...

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