Study Guide

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Characters

By Erik Larson

Dr. H. H. Holmes

Meet H.H. The H's stand for "Henry Howard," but something like "Hideous Horrorshow " or "Hateful...

Daniel Burnham

Burnham's the man with the plan. But don't dismiss him as being merely a planner: the guy has a...

John Wellborn Root

Root, a small-town boy, was born in Lumpkin, Georgia in 1850…which is probably the...

Frederick Law Olmsted

Olmsted's kind of a big deal...and by "kind of a big deal," we mean that this is the dude who's...

Carter Henry Harrison

Mayor of Chicago, Harrison's a champion of the labor unions. By the time fairground construction...

Frank Geyer

Detective Frank Geyer is one of Philadelphia's top detectives. Let's just say the guy knows his...

Francis Davis Millet

Millet is the fair's director of functions. This means he has a big part in choosing all the cool...

Patrick Eugene Joseph Prendergast

Young Irish immigrant Patrick Prendergast is described by those who know him as a "hapless and...

Louis Sullivan

Sullivan is among the nation's prominent architects—Burnham selects him to help design the...

Henry Sargent Codman

Codman's a member of Olmsted's architectural firm, a talented young landscape architect who...

John B. Sherman

Sherman's basically the ruler of a blood empire that employs twenty-five thousand men, women, and...

Margaret Burnham

Margaret's the daughter of wealthy stockyard superintendent John Sherman. She's young, pretty,...

James Ellsworth

Myrta Z. Belknap

Myrta is just Holmes' type: young, with blue eyes and a lush figure. Holmes had met her years...

Benjamin Pitezel

Pitezel's a carpenter who joined Holmes' construction of his hotel in November 1889. He's one of...

Carrie Pitezel

Carrie's the wife of Benjamin Pitezel, trusted confidant of Holmes. When her husband is found...

Alice, Nellie, and Howard Pitezel

Alice, Nellie, and Howard are the three Pitezel children. They'd become household names after...

Icilius "Ned" Conner

Ned moves into Holmes' hotel with his wife Julia and their eight-year-old daughter Pearl in 1891....

Julia Conner

Julia Conner moves into Holmes' hotel with her husband Ned and daughter Pearl. She takes an...

Pearl Conner

Emeline Cigrand

Emeline Cigrand's a beautiful young woman who works as a stenographer in the Dwight, Illinois...

Minnie R. Williams

Minnie and her sister Anna were orphaned and each sent to live with different relatives. Minnie...

Anna Williams

Anna's the sister of Minnie, one of Holmes' wives. She's pretty suspicious that their...

Georgiana Yoke

Holmes meets Georgiana in a department store. He seduces her through his usual means and entices...