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Renaissance Academy presents terrifying true story

Documentary, 'America's First Serial Killer,' to be shown April 5

CHICAGO (March 14, 2005) – The Renaissance Academy at Saint Xavier University is presenting John Borowski’s documentary, “H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer,” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5 in McGuire Hall of the Warde Academic Center on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The film explores the life of Holmes, who led a life of crime and murder. Holmes, originally Herman Webster Mudgett, graduated from the University of Michigan’s medical school in 1884 and moved to Chicago, where he conducted his reign of terror.
Holmes is the notorious “Devil” who haunted Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. In Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, he built what has been dubbed a “Murder Castle,” a residence with secret rooms, false walls, gas chambers, soundproof rooms and a chute leading to a basement crematory. Holmes was eventually tried and executed on May 7, 1896.

Borowski – the filmmaker, writer, director and producer of “America’s First Serial Killer” – will discuss his work following the film.

This event is free and open to the community.

The Renaissance Academy is a collegial association of retired and semi-retired individuals who meet to continue their life-long learning. For more information about the Renaissance Academy or Saint Xavier University, visit www.sxu.edu.

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