Strange Country Ep.188: H.H. Holmes
Release Date: 04/29/2021
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H.H. Holmes carries the distinction of being America's first serial killer, possibly having murder between 20 to 200 people. But like most legends, things aren't always as the seem. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly peel away the layers of the white devil of Chicago in this episode and discover that it smells a bit like smegma.
Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands
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