Herman Mudgett. Criminal Profile Sociology – Pd. 3. Born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire in 1861 His father, Levi Horton Mudgett , was a serious alcoholic His mother, Theodate Page Price, was a devote Methodist who constantly read the bible to her son. Early Life. Schooling.
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Sociology – Pd. 3
Convicted of killing 27 people in his “Murder Castle” over a three year period
His last crimes committed before he was convicted was the murder of four members of the Pitezelfamily
“It was a wicked and dangerous thing to do to a child of tender years and health, but it proved an heroic method of treatment, destined ultimately of curing me of my fears, and to inculcate in me, first, a strong feeling of curiosity, and, later a desire to learn, which resulted years afterwards in my adopting medicine as a profession.” – Mudgett on being bullied as a child
Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes, is known as America’s first, and possibly even its most prolific, serial killer of all time. The reasoning behind his murders is twisted and is very hard to place under just one deviance theory. Mudgett was an intelligent man. He graduated from medical school, was sociable, and was considered to be an attractive man. He opened his hotel, which became the location of many of his murders.
As a child, Mudgett was extremely afraid of the doctor’s office. When his classmates learned about this, they dragged him into the office and forced him to touch a display skeleton. Instead of being afraid, this sparked an interest in the human body for Mudgett. He worked successfully as a pharmacist before opening his hotel. When he murdered his victims, he often “wooed” them first, convincing them to let him take out insurance policies on them first. He then would collect the insurance money on them after their deaths. Sometimes, he would assemble their bones into skeleton forms and sell them to medical schools.
To others, Mudgett seemed like a normal, successful man. He had multiple wives, as well as numerous children. He could have had a very prosperous life without murdering in hopes of acquiring extra money. I chose the Anomie Theory to describe him for this reason. The norms in his life were extremely conflicting. On one hand, he was an gifted man with a bright life and future. His other side was one deeply obsessed with the human body, and apparently compelled him to kill.Sociological Theory of Deviance
I do not believe that Herman Webster Mudgett would have been able to be successfully rehabilitated. His actions were not one of a man who was confused or developed from being surrounded by poor role models. He was clearly a sick man who showed little regret for his actions. He had the ability to kill people, of all genders and ages, in gruesome and painful ways just to make money. I believe that his death sentence was appropriate in the time period that he lived in, and would still be appropriate in today’s age.Rehabilitation?