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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The shocking tale, based on a true story, of one man's spiritual journey to find his roots, only to discover his direct origins are what nightmares are made of, and his family tree pure evil - Dr. H.H. Holmes, the monster and master of Chicago's Murder Castle! Unable to accept this horrible secret, the author's initial research turns from an eerie fascination into obsessio ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by Jeff Mudgett
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Glenn Starkey
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
L.M. Smith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
P.M. Terrell
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book you'll never forget

It's a rare book that makes a mark on your soul so profoundly that you know it will remain with you for the rest of your life. Bloodstains is that book, the only one since Truman Capote's In Cold Blood that kept me awake at night, terrified by the evil that inhabits some men's souls.
The true story begins with the author's mother, a woman so convinced of a lineage to General Robert E. Lee that she paid professionals to find the evidence. While they dismissed the claim
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
“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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melanie Wilson
Jan 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
A must for Holmes freaks.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is a very compelling novel... very complicated and complex. And it is truly scary...Brilliant!
Jennifer Moser
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
Interesting, almost unbelievable, and very creepy.
Kathy Conder
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
Fascinating but incredibly disturbing.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. This was billed as a non-fiction autobiography, but it reads like a horror movie. Very engaging.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I downloaded “Bloodstains” after hearing Jeff Mudgett on the genealogy podcast “Extreme Genes” last fall. I was intrigued because I remember being fascinated when my book club read “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson many years ago. The author is a direct descendant of serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett, aka H.H. Holmes, and “Bloodstains” is a compelling account of coming to terms with that knowledge. The story took me on a wild ride, but the book is classified as fiction and I find mysel ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Hollandbeck
Bought this book at the Irvington Halloween Festival where I heard the author speak, and he signed my book. Having been somewhat obsessed with HH Holmes and the Chicago Word's Fair since reading Devil in the White City, I of course was interested to read this too. I was a bit disappointed in the fictional story of the author and his connection with his great great grandfather (and many editing misses...misspellings, 's for plurals etc). I would have rather read a true account about HH Holmes.
Nikki Shirah
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I saw the documentary on television. The body in the grave turned out to be!!?? I want tell you unless you ask if you didn't see the show. A good ghost story, but true? I don't think so. Whether imagined or mental psychosis is not for me to say. Is it the truth about holmes?? I doubt it. It IS an interesting story of one man's life journey.
Kami Bumgardner
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
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.
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