Dr Holmes Research Paper

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Dr. H. H. Holmes Dr. Henry Howard Holmes was considered a well groomed, intelligent, up incoming business man. He was admired by many of the locals in Chicago because he was becoming very successful very fast, already acquiring a pharmacy of his own. What the locals did not know was that Holmes was far from what he had seemed, acquiring most of his fortune through fraud, forgery, and even murder. Holmes tended to prey on people mostly women and women that were rich and had very few family ties. His actions can be best explained using the routine activity theory by Marcus Felson (Schechter, 2004). There are five examples that would explain his actions compared with routine activity theory. They would be the disappearance of Mrs. Holton, the…show more content…
There are three elements that must be present in order for a crime to occur. The first is a motivated offender, the second is a suitable target, and the third is the lack of a capable guardian. Motivated offenders are individuals who are not only capable of committing criminal activity, but are willing to do so. Suitable targets are people or objects that are seen by the offender as weak or valuable. A capable guardian is primarily a friend or relative that is close to you and are not always police and security guards. One major problem with routine activity theory is that it can only tell who is more likely to be victimized and not who potential offenders are (Paternoster & Bachman,…show more content…
The neighborhood called it the "castle”. It took up the entire fifty by one hundred sixty two foot corner lot. The ground floor of the Castle contained Holmes' own relocated drugstore and string of various shops some ran by Holmes, others leased to local dealers. The second floor contained his personal office, which contained a curving bay window so he could watch the people of Wallace Street. The Third floor along with the second was like a maze of over dozens of windowless rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, oddly-angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors locked from the outside, all dimly lit by gas jets mounted on the walls at fairly great distances, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions. Holmes repeatedly changed builders during the construction of his home for two reasons. One was that it allowed him to save a lot of money ripping the constructors off. Another reason was so only he fully understood the design of the house. His master plan began during the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. His hotel became known as the World's Fair Hotel and lured many of victims to their demise (Schechter,

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