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3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  271 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
For decades English investigators have been convinced that one, or two, or the Jack Ripper murders were committed by an American surgeon in London. Maybe they were right. The story of the author's great-great grandfather, Herman Webster Mudgett. History knows him as the infamous serial killer, H. H. Holmes.

Bloodstains is the startling tale of one man’s search for the truth
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published (first published April 10th 2009)
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Glenn Starkey
Jan 10, 2012 Glenn Starkey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Glenn by: Friend
Review: “Bloodstains” Author: Jeff Mudgett

I received a copy of “Bloodstains” from a friend. My only knowledge of it was that the author was said to be the great-great-grandson of a man believed to have been Jack the Ripper.
As a former law enforcement officer my interest in the psychological makeup of serial killers and sociopaths was heightened by this book. I had read articles, books, watched movies and documentaries, and heard countless theories about the true “Jack.” Nothing seemed of a defin
Paul Jones
Sep 19, 2011 Paul Jones rated it did not like it
I met author Jeff Mudgett while working at a fancy hotel where he was staying while promoting his book on H.H. Holmes in Chicago. Holmes has been pretty big in Chicago the past decade, so I thought it would be interesting to read from the perspective of an actual relative of Holmes, but it wasn't. He discovers his relation to Holmes, then begins to feel possessed by his spirit. He has this possession epiphany when he realizes he'd like to kill his neighbor, whom he normally likes. I like my neig ...more
Agneris Natalia
Jun 09, 2013 Agneris Natalia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is badly written, full of cliches and obvious errors. It's a shame this guy used his bloodline to create an uneventful plot and the notion that people are bad or good because of their genetics. Really don't waist your time with this book.
L.M. Smith
Sep 02, 2012 L.M. Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Twisted Yarn of Genius - 5 stars

**I purchased a paperback copy of this book from the author at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon**

Plot: 5/5 stars
This is one of those reads that, from the moment one cracks the spine you feel like you’re about to be let ‘in the loop’ on a massive secret and it did not disappoint! I couldn’t put it down; I carried everywhere with me and completed reading it, despite it being a substantial novel, in less than 24 hours. Once I’d devoured the last page I felt the need to
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
“Bloodstains” by Jeff Mudgett is a disturbing account of the author’s discovery of his family history. After learning his great-great grandfather was America’s first acknowledged serial killer, H.H.Holmes, Mudgett begins to question what impact that relationship might have on his own life. Holmes, whose real name was Herman Webster Mudgett, confessed to the killings of 27 individuals primarily during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Eventually he was executed for the murders but as Mudgett delves ...more
Cassius Shuman
Jan 09, 2013 Cassius Shuman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read book!!! "Bloodstains" is one of the most chilling and riveting books written about notorious serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes that I have ever read. In fact, it may just be the most uniquely written book on the subject matter. The premise that author Jeff Mudgett inherited personal diaries that he discovered belonged to the serial killer while being unaware of his ancestral relationship to Holmes makes for a thoroughly captivating tale. The chapter where the author learns at a f ...more
For You
Jun 01, 2013 For You rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you grow up feeling like something was missing, but you couldn't put your finger on it? Have you ever felt lost and unsure about yourself? At a family gathering, secrets of author Jeff Mudgett's family are revealed that would shock any family - they are descendent of perhaps the very first Serial Killer in US History, Herman Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes.

After his grandfather's death, Jeff stumbles upon things related to the family secret that send him on a journey to discover the tr
Dec 13, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find that I must write this review at night, in order to give proper deference to the things that go bump in the night. For anyone that has been there in the reality -vs- daytime space, or realizes the thin veil that seems to exist between this and other worlds, this account seems to honestly capture the confusion and fear that can occur when other worlds are explored. Even if you are a skeptic, there is a certain aspect of Jeffery Mudgett's exploration that makes one wonder, even if only from ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Delilah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BLOODSTAINS takes the reader on a ride into the belly of the beast of late 1800's serial killer, H. H. Holmes, one of the most prolific and evil, and his descendants. The author's story of finding out about his ancestry and how it affected him on all levels leaves you wondering, could this be real? He presents evidence about the distinct possibility of solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper, he goes on a "ghost hunt" to the remnants of the Chicago Murder Castle, he finds the grave of Holmes, and ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson and were particularly fascinated with H.H. Holmes, then I highly recommend Bloodstains. Whether or not the information Jeff Mudgett writes in this book is accurate or factual, I can't say, but it is very interesting. I have always been in awe of the human brain and it's capabilities and this book satisfies in that respect.

Be warned, this is not a book for the faint of heart as some of the descriptions of Holmes' killings are just graphic enough to gross you out.
Jan 10, 2017 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Had high hopes for this one as someone fascinated by the story of H.H. Holmes. But unfortunately the whole thing was so disjointed and uneven, I got frustrated trying to make heads or tails of it and gave up. Also, when the author is going over all the reasons why it's so hard for him to believe the diaries are real, and is trying to prove whether or not they are all written by Holmes/Mudgett, the one thing he keeps neglecting to mention is the fact that this would require Holmes/Mudgett being w ...more
A.J. Walkley
Aug 09, 2013 A.J. Walkley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read BLOODSTAINS prior to interviewing author Jeff Mudgett for the Author Series. There were few books that I actually had the time to read at the time, but when I picked up BLOODSTAINS to read a few pages, I found I could not put it down and spent the rest of the day in the world of both Jeff Mudgett and H.H. Holmes. I have always been intrigued by serial killers and knew a bit about Holmes before picking up BLOODSTAINS. This book made me rethink all I had known about Holmes ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for the diary/journals of HH Holmes, this isn't it, but it's still a good read. This is Holmes' great-grandson, who didn't know about his family history until he received a box after the death of his surly grandfather. It deals more with how Mudgett coped with the news and the research he did, which is very interesting. Mudgett (and I) are convinced that Holmes was or influenced Jack the Ripper.
Still looking for the transcribed journals, though. Also a collection of the news r
Oct 11, 2012 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most riveting books that I have ever read. I read The Devil in the White City last year and then heard about this book. It is an unbelievable story that will keep you on your toes and you will not want to put it down!
Clarence Goodman
Jul 23, 2012 Clarence Goodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must for Holmes freaks.
Aug 15, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
it is a very compelling novel... very complicated and complex. And it is truly scary...Brilliant!
Jennifer Moser
Aug 15, 2012 Jennifer Moser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, biography
Fabulous book, couldn't put it down! Can't wait to see the TV show with Ghost Hunters where they investigate the former site of the Murder Castle. Once you start this book you will be drawn in!
Gail Kubik
Amazing book and the story is just becoming known
Jun 11, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, almost unbelievable, and very creepy.
Kathy Conder
Jun 11, 2012 Kathy Conder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this one down! The scariest tales are those that deal with what man is capable of and the story of Holmes does that and more. Be sure to leave a light on while reading this one!
Jan 05, 2013 Kristyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating but incredibly disturbing.
Nov 28, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, favorites
Loved it. The story is truly compelling. An interesting look into the mind of a killer. The editing could have been better, but still worth the read.
Dave Lechleiter
Mar 19, 2012 Dave Lechleiter rated it really liked it
Very good. This was billed as a non-fiction autobiography, but it reads like a horror movie. Very engaging.
Kami Bumgardner
Mar 16, 2017 Kami Bumgardner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never been so happy to finish a book. Painful is how I would describe the experience. Had it not been for the fact that a friend read it before me, and I wanted to be able to discuss it with her- there is NO way I would have continued. Typos, inaccuracies, and just general poor writing make this a tough read all the way 'round.
Mar 26, 2016 Dale rated it did not like it
I don't buy it and wish I hadn't

Bloodstains by Jeff Mudgett

The name of HH Holmes is well known to the world at large as one of the most evil men that ever lived. This story is by his great-great-grandson, Jeffrey Lee Mudgett. And to be frank, I find it a bit unbelievable.

Herman Webster Mudgett, alias Doctor HH Holmes, is a very real person. Could he be this man’s great-great-grandfather? Yes. It is known that Mudgett had a son by one woman and a daughter by another. This man could be the direct
Jan 17, 2016 Claudia rated it did not like it
H. H. Holmes is such a rich character one would think it would always make for a good story. But even if you have a good idea, bad editing can be the death of a novel. Bloodstains is written by Holmes' great grandson and is a mix of history, fantasy, the supernatural and very bad editing. It is annoying and frustrating to have to reread a page to attempt to suss out who was speaking--Holmes, Mudgett or some other narrator. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt and excuse it as a device wh ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Autumn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of ghost stories
This is was a difficult book for me to read: it was both slow-going and had some horrifying content. If it were not a book club book, I would have given up on it. OTOH, I have given up on book club books in the past, but this had an interesting-enough angle to keep going with it.

Positives: For Mudgett not being a seasoned author, I thought it was pretty well written. He writes descriptively, and I felt it was well-organized. The interesting aspect for me is that there's always a question of how
May 05, 2015 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book since I loved Devil in the White City and also love Chicago history and I thought this would provide some interesting details since the author is the great-great grandson of H.H. Holmes. But the way he drones on at some parts just causes this story to lose its luster. Also, I find some parts of the book to be a little farfetched as far as fact and to me it seems like he's trying to create an elaborated tale rather than providing readers with truth and history wh ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Ewa rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. And I didn't dislike it for its writing or anything of the sort - it was a fascinating read, to an extent. I have to admit, though, that the subject matter was far more disturbing than I anticipated it to be, and I couldn't quite finish it due to that. I gave it an honest effort, though, and as I don't want to spend a lifetime having nightmares, I will leave it incomplete and with two stars.
May 17, 2015 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A terrible work of obvious fiction. The connection to the Ripper is laughable and the veracity of any of the happenings in the story is a joke. Save your money but more importantly save your time. If you want to read a great book on Holmes read Devil in the White City and if you want to read a book on the Ripper read the complete casebook by Rumbelow or the Complete History by Sugden.
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