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John Borowski (writer)
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Tagline:
The Castle. The Murders. The Monster.
Plot:
Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Tony Jay ... Narrator (voice)
Harold Schechter ... Himself - Author 'Depraved'
Thomas Cronin ... Himself - Criminal Profiler
Marian Caporusso ... Herself - Programs Section Chief - Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center
Ed Bertagnoli ... Chicago Police Officer
Cary Callison ... Chicago Detective

Willy Laszlo ... H.H. Holmes
Rachelle Villarreal ... Alice Pitezel
Audrey Welling ... Castle Victim
Beka ... Carrie Pitezel (voice)
Tom Ciappa ... (voice)
Sarah Mills ... (voice)
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Directed by
John Borowski 
 
Writing credits
John Borowski (writer)

Produced by
John Borowski .... producer
Dimas Estrada .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Douglas Romayne  (as Douglas Romayne Stevens)
 
Cinematography by
John Borowski 
Frey Hoffman 
 
Film Editing by
John Borowski 
 
Art Department
Rick Geary .... castle floorplans
Roland Gibbs .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
James Cohen .... boom operator
Chris Combs .... boom operator
Darin Heinis .... sound re-recording mixer
John Murray .... sound designer
John Murray .... sound editor
Terry Schilling .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Ken Melville .... music executive producer
 
Other crew
John Borowski .... researcher
Andrew Cinquino .... production assistant
Jennie Cisna .... researcher
Eric Richter .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jim Andre .... special thanks
Lorraine Borowski .... special thanks
J. Christopher Combs .... in memory of
Jamie Cortino .... special thanks
Angela DiCosola .... special thanks
Anthony DiCosola .... special thanks
Darin Heinis .... special thanks
Jacob Henry Mansion .... special thanks
Kazutosi Miyamoto .... special thanks (as Kazutosi Miyamoto M.D.)
Beverly Nemetz .... special thanks
Michael Nemetz .... special thanks
Mitch Norinsky .... special thanks
Ron Norinsky .... special thanks
Janice Sawyer .... special thanks
Dale Anthony Tremaine .... special thanks
 

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USA:64 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good Documentary on Subject, 28 June 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004)

*** (out of 4)

Good, 64-minute documentary taking a look at H.H. Holmes, the Chicago doctor who has become known as American's first true serial killer. Throughout the documentary we learn about Holmes early life including his alternate names and then we get into details about his time at the University of Michigan where he got to "act out" his fantasy of working with dead bodies. This leads to him getting a job in Chicago and then building a castle where he would put acid baths, secret pathways, torture devices and this would become the final resting place to an unknown amount of people. Director and writer John Borowski does a pretty good job at telling the story of this madman and he does this by voice-over narration as well as interviews with experts on the subject. It's clear that no one will ever really know how many people he slaughtered but I just found it rather amazing that no one suspicions were ever risen to the point to where they'd at least take a look at this guy. I mean, not only did he kill people but he would then sell their skeletons to medical schools. It was also fascinating learning about the 1893 Columbian Exposition where apparently fifty people went missing but again no one can tell how many were at the hands of Holmes. I think the weakest thing in the documentary are the reenactments, which really weren't all that impressive. Still, that's just a minor complaint as I'm sure many people might be interested in the subject and will find that there hasn't been too many looks at him. Overall this documentary is worth watching if you're interested in hearing about the subject.

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