Return of the Ripper – Chicago

THE WEEKEND OF FRIDAY THE 13TH, APRIL 2018 at The Congress Hotel in Chicago!!

HH Holmes

H.H. Holmes was perhaps an evil genius! He fooled the population of Chicago for years and created a building for the sole purpose of carrying out personal atrocities. Some even believe he may have been Jack the Ripper!

Holmes’ life was recently brought to the forefront of modern America with the books Devil in the White City by Erik Larson in 2004 and Bloodstains by Jeff Mudgett in 2011. Bloodstains would soon be made into a 2017 hit series on the History Channel called American Ripper starring Jeff Mudgett – the great-great-grandson of Herman Webster Mudgett AKA HH Holmes!

Jeff Mudgett

In American Ripper, Jeff Mudgett, sets out to prove a controversial theory: that H.H. Holmes and Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper, were the same man. After twenty years searching for the truth about his notorious ancestor, Mudgett partners with ex-CIA analyst Amaryllis Fox to launch an all new investigation, using 21st century science and methodology to unlock the secrets of one of the biggest cold cases of all time.


In our exciting new Murder Mystery Weekend, we are joined by American Ripper host Jeff Mudgett who will be premiering NEVER BEFORE SEEN EVIDENCE in historic Chicago, IL, the very city where Holmes committed his greatest crimes!

Research into Jack the Ripper has uncovered startling new evidence in the case! During a hunt for missing items from the Scotland Yard archives, Vince Wilson, a Parapsychologist and Ripperologist, has tracked them down at long last! However, before he can make any conclusions, he needs the help of Jeff Mudgett and YOU!!

The History of Jack the Ripper

In the mid-19th century, England experienced an influx of Irish immigrants, who swelled the populations of England’s major cities, including the East End of London. From 1882, Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and Tsarist Russia moved into the same area. The civil parish of Whitechapel in London’s East End became increasingly overcrowded. Work and housing conditions worsened, and a significant economic underclass developed. Robbery, violence and alcohol dependency were commonplace, and the endemic poverty drove many women to prostitution.

Ripper-SuspectIn October 1888, London’s Metropolitan Police Service estimated that there were 1200 prostitutes and about 62 brothels in Whitechapel. The economic problems were accompanied by a steady rise in social tensions. Between 1886 and 1889, frequent demonstrations, such as that of 13 November 1887, led to police intervention and further public unrest. Racism, crime, social disturbance, and real deprivation fed public perceptions that Whitechapel was a notorious den of immorality. In 1888, such perceptions were strengthened when a series of vicious and grotesque murders attributed to “Jack the Ripper” received unprecedented coverage in the media.

Are Holmes and Jack the Ripper the same man?

Historians believe Holmes, a masterful and charismatic con artist, had swindled money from his drugstore employers. He purchased an empty lot in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, and built a labyrinthine structure with shops on the first floor and small apartments above.

This edifice became Holmes’ booby-trapped Murder Castle. The space featured soundproof rooms, secret passages and a disorienting maze of hallways and staircases. The rooms were also outfitted with trapdoors over chutes that dropped Holmes’ unsuspecting victims to the building’s basement.

The basement was a macabre facility of acid vats, pits of quicklime (often used on decaying corpses) and a crematorium, which the killer used to finish off his victims.

Become a “Ripperologist”!

certificationJoin Author Jeff Mudgett and Parapsychologist and Ripperologist Vince Wilson and their colleagues as they use real CSI-type skills and Victorian era Spiritualism to find a historic killer before he gets you! When things start going wrong, you can’t call 911. How can the police help you against the supernatural?


After opening for business in 1893, for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the hotel underwent two major expansions and renovations; it now features 871 guest rooms and suites. Its 11 story edifice was originally designed by architect Clinton J. Warren as an annex to the Auditorium Theater across the street. The two buildings were linked by a marble-lined underground passage called Peacock Alley. In 1902 and then in 1907, the firm of Holabird & Roche oversaw the design and construction of two additions, bringing the total complex up to 1 million square feet.

The hotel is known for its many hauntings and will be part of our GHOST HUNTS over the course of the weekend! Rooms are also separate (to keep costs and expenses down). Guests are encouraged to stay at the hotel, but do not have to to participate in the mystery. However, only guests with confirmed hotel room reservations at The Congress may participate in the Ghost Hunt of the Congress.

Hotel room reservation event price is $129.00 + tax – Single/Double.. When calling, mention you are with the Magic & Murder Mystery Weekend.

The Congress Hotel 520 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 Phone 312-427-3800 CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM

  • Travel back in time with hypnosis to visit the Ripper’s last victim!
  • Seances may help you or make things a little more dangerous!
  • Handle items from 19th Century England!
  • Five guests will play the part of the victims of Jack the Ripper in the thrilling conclusion!
  • Go on ghost tours of Chicago at the sites of Holmes’ old stomping grounds!
  • See never before viewed evidence!
  • Ghost hunt at the historic and haunted Congress Hotel in Chicago!

A story straight From Hell!

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