The Murder Castle - Netflix
The three-part miniseries The Murder Castle delivers the definitive story of H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer. H.H. Holmes was the alias of Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett, an evil entrepreneur who took advantage of the millions flocking to Chicago looking for work during the World's Fair in 1893. His pharmacy and World's Fair Hotel provided the perfect facade for the deranged madman to lure victims to his "murder castle." He designed the building himself and built it - in stages and in secrecy - so only he knew the deceptions, from an elaborate maze of death traps to rigging rooms with poisonous gas. He built the castle with stolen money and kept business brisk with dead bodies, selling his victims as skeletons for medical schools. Holmes racked up quite the body count, some believe as many as 200, while also accumulating substantial debt, and his bleak, financial prospects would eventually be his undoing.
Status: In Development
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Murder Castle - Murder - Netflix
Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. This state of mind may, depending upon the jurisdiction, distinguish murder from other forms of unlawful homicide, such as manslaughter. Manslaughter is a killing committed in the absence of malice, brought about by reasonable provocation, or diminished capacity. Involuntary manslaughter, where it is recognized, is a killing that lacks all but the most attenuated guilty intent, recklessness. Most societies consider murder to be an extremely serious crime, and thus believe that the person charged should receive harsh punishments for the purposes of retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, or incapacitation. In most countries, a person convicted of murder generally faces a long-term prison sentence, possibly a life sentence; and in a few, the death penalty may be imposed.
The Murder Castle - Unintentional - Netflix
For a killing to be considered murder in nine out of fifty states in the US, there normally needs to be an element of intent. A defendant may argue that he or she took precautions not to kill, that the death could not have been anticipated, or was unavoidable. As a general rule, manslaughter constitutes reckless killing, but manslaughter also includes criminally negligent (i.e. grossly negligent) homicide. Unintentional killing that results from an involuntary action generally cannot constitute murder. After examining the evidence, a judge or jury (depending on the jurisdiction) would determine whether the killing was intentional or unintentional.
The Murder Castle - References - Netflix