Taking the best selling book "Devil in the White City," NGC returns to the Chicago World's Fair to meet America's first serial killer. A look at Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes.
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Larry Simon ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Erik Larson ...
Himself - Author, Devil in the White City
Rick Kogan ...
Himself - Chicago Historian
Christopher Multhauf ...
Himself - Chicago Architecture Foundation
Donald L. Miller ...
Himself - Author, City of the Century
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Herself - Criminal Profiler
Gregg McCrary ...
Himself - Former FBI Criminal Profiler
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Craig Cunningham ...
Policeman
Tim McCarthy ...
H.H.Holmes / Mudgett
Beau Nelson ...
Officer Andrews
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Minnie Williams (as Sarah Taylor)
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Pietzel
Giselle Vaughn ...
Emeline Cigrand
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Nannie Williams
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Madness in the White City examines the construction and success of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair which featured electricity, a Ferris Wheel, and the remarkable "White City". It also examines the life and murders of serial killer H.H. Holmes who used the World Fair to acquire victims who he murdered in his hotel. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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In segment about young women migrating to Chicago to work, a photo of women working in a transcription pool (sitting at typewriters wearing headphones) is shown. Magnetic tape recording originated in 1930, well after the subject of the movie, an event in 1893. See more »

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A Pretty Good Examination of a Time and Place
25 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taking the best selling book "Devil in the White City," National Geographic returns to the Chicago World's Fair to meet America's first serial killer. A look at Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes.

At first I thought this was something of a bait and switch, luring viewers in with Holmes, but really focusing on the World's Fair. And this could be argued. But really, what it seems more like is a fleshing out of a time (1893) and a place (Chicago), showing both the best and worst the city had to offer.

While I would have liked more on Holmes, I ended up learning a good deal more about the World's Fair than I ever knew before. For example, I had no idea that Hershey's chocolate had its germ at the event.

But back to Holmes -- this is the second documentary I saw on him, and both have come up short. Both good, but lacking. I would love to see more examination of his autobiography and checking into if he was ever really a doctor and who his parents were...


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