Holmes Murder Castle

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Holmes Murder Castle

The block-long, three-story building, called "The Castle" by neighbors, that Holmes built in order to torture and murder his victims. On the bottom floor of the Castle were shops he rented and his personal office. The upper floors were made up of a maze of over one hundred windowless rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, stairways leading to nowhere, doors that only opened from the outside, and other maze-like constructions. He opened his "Castle" as a hotel for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Over a period of three years, Holmes selected mainly female victims and tortured them in soundproof and escapeproof chambers fitted with gas lines that permitted Holmes to asphyxiate them at any time. Once dead, he sent the victims' bodies down a secret chute to the basement, where they were either dissected, stripped of flesh, or crafted into a skeleton model. They were then sold to medical schools or cremated. Holmes had two giant furnaces as well as pits of acid, bottles of various poisons, and even a rack to create a race of "giants".

Pad of Definitions (2.06 No Exit), Official Website

2.06 No Exit

Sam: Holmes built an apartment building in Chicago. He called it the Murder Castle. The whole place was a death factory, they had, uh, trap doors, acid vats, quick line pits... he built these secret chambers inside the walls. He'd lock his victims in, keep them alive for days. Some he'd suffocate, others he'd let starve to death.
Sam: Uh, maybe. Look. You look at the layout of the Holmes murder castle, there's all the torture chambers inside the walls, right?
Dean: Right.
Sam: But there's one we haven't considered yet. The one in his basement.

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