This past week, I have been uber-busy! From a guest appearance on a late-night radio show, to an interview for a local newspaper, then gathering with my friends at GHS Paranormal Investigators, and hours on end invested in research for my new book, Dr. H. H. Holmes and the Whitechapel Ripper.
I spent an entire day locating surviving members of Herman Webster Mudgett’s (Dr. H. H. Holmes’) family in New Hampshire. The big payoff came when they discussed family history with me for what seemed like hours on end, and then they directed me to Herman’s grandfathers gravesite (pictures below), which is secluded from the general public and is now located on the property of an Ironworks Company in Gilmanton, NH.
Gilmanton was the first settlement town where the Mudgett's came to dwell on 26 December 1761. It was then, Benjamin Mudgett and his wife (whose name was not recorded) entered the town of Gilmanton, "... they walked a distance of not less than twelve miles" in the snow. Benjamin Mudgett's wife, "... was the first white woman to set foot on the soil", of Gilmanton (http://www.nh.searchroots.com/documents/History_Gilmanton_NH.txt ).
I have been busy tracing the roots of the Mudgett family, and it is quite fascinating. I have traced them all the way back to England to the beginning of King George the III’s rule. Soon, I will divulge surprising information about the Mudgett’s (Dr. H. H. Holmes), which is unnerving when you consider the victims of London’s Jack the Ripper.
The more I research, the more I am intrigued by the monster they proclaimed as the “Devil’s spawn.”
Next, I will research Dr. Holmes' ties to the British Monarchy and his numerous trips to London during the time of the Ripper murders in 1888, all the while, boarding with his friends and companions he met as he practiced to become a physician at the University of Michigan Medical School.
I do hope you are as excited as I am to learn more about Dr. H. H. Holmes and the Whitechapel Ripper. I am eager to share my findings with the world!