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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America - Part 3, Modus Operandi Summary & Analysis

Erik Larson
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Part 3, Modus Operandi Summary

Many people disappeared, and the Hotel always smelled of some chemical or gas. Families of the missing people inquired of Holmes, but he always knew nothing. The police were too busy to notice. Holmes sought "to hear the approach of death in the rising panic of his victims." He then disposed of all the remains.

Part 3, Modus Operandi Analysis

Holmes is living his dream, just like Burnham. Women are coming to him through his hotel. Holmes seeks even men and children at times. This chapter shows that unlike most serial killers, Holmes does not collect or keep physical trophies. He prefers to hear death and keep that memory with him forever.

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