Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the rights of “The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.” , written by Erik Larson, in 2010 and Scorsese has jumped on board.
“Right now, there is a script being worked on,” Scorsese told the Toronto Sun about “The Devil in the White City” last December. “One of the things that I had to stop for the past six months was my meetings on that script. They want me to start again in January and see if we can find a way because it’s an extraordinary story.”
Set in 1893, “The Devil in the White City” tells the story of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who killed over 200 people in his “Murder Castle.”
Here are few things you should know about H. H. Holmes:
1. H.H. Holmes Was One Of America’s First Serial Killers
H.H. Holmes was one of America’s first serial murderers. Born in 1861 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Yup, he was a serial killer in the 1800s!
2. Holmes Built A “Murder Castle”
Holmes constructed a“Murder Castle,” which he dubbed a hotel in Chicago. It was a three-story building that he used as his own living quarters and a place to torture and kill his victims.
3. He Was Also A Con Artist
Holmes continued to work on insurance scams along with Benjamin Pitezel. He eventually killed Pitezel and convinced Pitezel’s widow that her husband was still alive. He also killed three of the Pitezel’s children.
4. He Was Executed In 1896
Holmes was hanged for the Pitezel murder in Philadelphia on May 7, 1896. Some estimates state that he murdered around 20 to 100 victims and some as high as 200 victims.
5. His Remains Are Being Exhumed Right Now
Rolling Stone reported that Holmes body is now being exhumed because there is a theory stating that he convinced another prisoner to be executed in his place. People reports; Larson, the author, recently told the AP that he has “absolute confidence the body in that grave is Holmes.”
6. An American Horror Story Character Was Based On Him
Evan Peters plays J.P. March, in the American Horror Story, a fictionalized 1920s version of Holmes, who constructs Los Angeles’ Hotel Cortez to murder his victims.
This movie will definitely make for a good Halloween watch. We can’t wait!
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