By comparing the murder scenes in each of these works, one is able to define the aspects in which each medium succeeds or fails. The Devil in the White City portrays the building of the Chicago World’s Fair. This should have been a time of wonder and awe for the people of Chicago and the visitors to the city. People were coming from all across the United States and others were planning on going to Chicago because “firsthand accounts of the fair were sparking heightened interest” (Larson 274). Besides worries about the completion of the fair and the fear of the economic crisis of the United States (Larson 241), people were still coming to the fair and it seemed as though everyone was having a positive experience in Chicago (Larson 247).
Throughout the course of his The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson describes Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair through the eyes of two different main characters: Herman Webster Mudgett—a psychopathic serial killer who builds his famous “death castle” on the outskirts of the fairgrounds, and Daniel Burnham—the director of works for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Larson employs the use of many contrasting themes within his writing including success and failure, but perhaps most importantly, murder and beauty. In order to emphasize said themes, Larson juxtaposes the accounts of his two main characters: Mudgett and Burnham. There is no doubt that the manner in which Larson portrays Mudgett is sketchy at best. Rather than introducing him with a concise description, Larson familiarizes the reader with Mudgett over the course of several chapters.
Authorities have been trying to uncover evidence to Hoffa’s location. The mystery behind Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance can be summed up into two theories: Hoffa was murdered by the Mafia so they could take control of the union, and that he left the mob business and lived out the rest of his life under an assumed name Lots of people know the mystery behind Hoffa, but don’t know how his life was before the mob. Jimmy Hoffa spent his childhood in Clinton, Indiana, the same place were Hoffa first earned his respect by using his fists (Warnes 381). A little ways down the road, ¨The International Brotherhood of Teamsters offered Hoffa his next job as a full time union organizer and the Kroger union was absorbed into local 299 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters¨ (Warnes 381). The reason that the Teamsters offered this job to Hoffa is because not to much before this, he won a union contract that involved illegal movement of goods.
In The Great American Fair: The World’s Columbian Exposition and American Culture, Reid Badger spends a significant amount of time taking the reader on a descriptive tour of how the Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 originated, the planning process and the debates surrounding its purpose, the construction and architectural debates, the financial responsibilities and expectations, before diving into the fair’s relationship with and impact on American culture. Badger strays away discussing the fair itself, the social aspect of the fair is not really relevant to his conversation. Instead, Badger focuses on the massive opportunities the world fair offers, using the fair as a powerful communication tool, and the impact of its success
Heroes and Villains: Al Capone Heroes and Villains: Al Capone written by Diane Yancey was overall a fairly informative and intriguing account of his life. She explained how vice-like Al Capone's grip was on Chicago; together with its law enforcers and was capable of influencing the U.S. to repeal amendments. Not only did Yancey inform the reader Capone's smuggling and importation of liquor and other various items, but also prostitution, extortion, bribery, and violence,, but only after other means failed. She also didn't tell exclusively of his life throughout his fame, however additionally his childhood, education, and his beginning years as a malefactor/criminal. Additionally, she wrote concerning his life incarcerated, the legends and riches
Serial killers have many motives on why they kill the people they do. Many serial killers come from a dark childhood where they could have been molested by either a mother or a father and that could lead them on to molest and murder other small children. A serial killer known as Gary Ridgway killed and murdered over what is to believe seventy eight prostitutes. I was able to look through many articles and background information on many different credible websites. These sources gave me credible and honest information on how and why Gary Ridgway killed the people he did and why in general serial killers kill the people they do.
The motives of a mob are never easy to determine: each person could want something else entirely or they could all want the exact same thing. Whatever their motives both the characters from Rod Serling’s “Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, an insightful teleplay on the true nature of monsters, and the men from the 1923 Rosewood massacre, a bloodbath caused by a woman, a mindset, and a color— detailed in Michael Buchanan’s blog— formed mobs for very similar reasons. In fact both mobs formed for the exact same reasons. The quote from age twenty-one of Serling’s teleplay showcases the reasons that caused the formation of both mobs; these reasons can be organized into three main categories that pertain to both cases: fear, prejudice, and honor. Both aforementioned texts are riddled with examples of characters that formed the mobs being
O’Connor’s trait of violence is used throughout to reveal the corrupt and criminal world that emanates the need for salvation. The violence that we do not get to see for ourselves are the crimes the Misfit committed before the story began. The story begins with the grandmother telling Bailey to “read here what it says he did to these people’” (O’Connor 575). These crimes are violent murders that the Misfit committed beforehand. This displays the criminal world that we live in.
Literary Analysis of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Erik Larson is the author of numerous best-selling books, such as The Devil in the White City, which was based off Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Larson splits this book into two plot lines, one focusing on serial killer H.H Holmes and his ideas and plans; and the other focusing on John Root and Daniel Burnham, who were talented architects that were appointed responsible for building the fair. The dominant theme of this book is the representation of good and evil. Larson can apply this theme to both plot lines and does an incredible job of combining the plot lines into a well written and understandable novel that is filled to the brim with suspense. Larson’s use of vivid descriptions allowed the author to portray Chicago’s successes from an abominable reputation that the city of Chicago once had.
In general, detectives can be broken down into three main ceterones FBI agent, police detective, and private investigator (croce16). FBI agents begin their careers by applying to the FBI office in Washington D.C (croce19). Homicide detectives focus on cases involving suspicious deaths (criminal justice.com, police detective). A police detectives is a very exciting job that I can make an excellent career out of. Even being very stressful, I don not think it is too much I cannot handle.
In 1861 America’s first serial killer was born, and through him Chicago became the location of his most devious and demented creation, the “Murder Castle”. Through him and his “castle’, this killer was possibly responsible for up to 200 murders and the concept of the modern-day “haunted house” was born. His name was H.H. Holmes, and he was known as the “Beast of Chicago”, rumored to have possibly been or connected to Jack the Ripper, and remembered through the book “The Devil in the White City” (Benzkofer, 2014). Unlike traditional serial killers that have appeared since the 1980s, H.H.
Incidentally, large cities were the main location for organized gangs. Although there were over half a dozen powerful gangs in New York, Chicago was the capital of the racketeers, including Johnny Torrio, “Bugs” Moran, the Gennas, and the O’Banions (Addiction History 4). The most powerful and infamous bootlegger, by far, was Al Capone, operating out of Chicago. One of the most gruesome and remembered gangland murders of all time occurred on Valentine’s Day, 1929. Because of business differences, Capone ordered hit man Jack McGurn plot the murder of Bugs Moran and the O’Banion/Weiss gang, which Moran had recently taken control of.
Such is the devil, seeking whom he may devour, drawing men in only to kill them. Holmes is a symbol of pure evil, not unlike Jack the Ripper. The other story in the book is an intricate story of how the White City came to be. Many men toiled long and hard to achieve the effects the World 's Fair had on its visitors. Daniel Burnham led these gigantic efforts, organizing designers, pulling together many businesses, and recruiting many others to help in the design and construction of the Fair.
There was nearly a two decade manhunt for the suspect that became known as the Unabomber. Where. Fear ran ramped across the United States of America. The bombings where happening in many places across our nation. The Unabomber started his terror in the Chicago area.
In 1873, he became a police reporter for The New york Tribune and dove into the untold horrors of Americans slums which were filled with crime and poverty. In order to spread these truths he took pictures and wrote a book called How the other Half Lives, both becoming major hits in the news. Jacob Riis is “now a legend for his work toward social reform, and for his use of photography to bring