After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — is honored and privileged to welcome forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Clarissa Cole to the program. Tonight Dr. Cole — who began her career working with the criminally insane, moved on to San Quentin counseling offenders on California’s death row, and currently supervises risk assessments across the state — will turn her skills on the notorious H.H. Holmes.
Holmes, “America’s first serial killer,” who plagued Chicago at the turn of the last century, will be portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese film Devil in the White City. Dr. Cole will be special guest for 90 minutes tonight beginning at 9:30pE unearthing the twisted mind of Holmes. She will then return to the show on the first Thursday of every month turning her gaze upon other infamous serial killers. AT 9pE Joel and Eric will review the paranormal news and see what weird stuff has been going down. Listen to the show live and the recorded podcast right here!
Clarissa Cole has over a decade of experience working with a wide range of dangerous criminals including sex offenders, serial killers, and gang members. Her goal is to understand the criminal mind in an effort to not only fathom why they do what they do, but to create change by offering help to those who society deems to be beyond assistance offering therapy to perpetrators and insight to victims, families, and the public at large.
A damnably convincing conman, H.H. Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett circa 1860, variously portrayed himself as a druggist, doctor, barber, restaurateur, mortician, hotelier, and patent processor – jobs for which he was unqualified, though he had been a medical student. Of course he was also a serial killer, which he was apparently pretty good at.. Holmes did away with anywhere between nine and 200 victims, which is admittedly a pretty wide range, but he was an inveterate prevaricator and teller of tall tales and changed his story numerous times, including on the gallows.
The other reason his body count is so imprecise is tied to his other claim to fame, the “Murder Castle” lodging house he designed and built for the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. While the name on the marquee said, “The World’s Fair Hotel,” it became known as “the Castle.” Inside were airless vaults, sound-proofed rooms, greased chutes down to acid vats, a crematorium, and a dissecting table with surgical tools. So there’s that.
Here’s a few more quick tidbits about Holmes: he feared doctors as a child; he was married to three women at once; he sold skeletons of his victims to medical science; he really did say, ““I was born with the devil in me.”