Jeff Mudgett

Jeff Mudgett

Jeff Mudgett,ImaginePublicityJeff Mudgett was living a normal life as a practicing attorney when at age 40 he was thrust into the most harrowing chapter of his life. Learning the facts about his ancestry plunged Mudgett into a full investigation about the forefather from which he unexpectedly learned he was descended, the infamous serial killer, H. H. Holmes.

His book, Bloodstains, takes readers through history, perhaps learning more than they wished to know about the terror and horror Holmes (his great-great-grandfather, Herman Webster Mudgett) reigned down upon innocent victims during the late 19th century.  Using the Holmes’ diaries, as depicted in the story,  Jeff Mudgett gives us a glimpse into mysteries yet unsolved.

For those who are not familiar with H. H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle” built during the  construction of the  World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Mudgett’s book, BLOODSTAINS, tells the story from a completely new angle, a personal history combined with methodical research into an ancestor no one would willingly claim. Herman Webster Mudgett was a swinder, a con man, a womanizer and, at his worst, H. H. Holmes, the most atrocious serial killer of all time.

The success of BLOODSTAINS has been a phenomena for a self-published, first time author. Turning down offers from publishers, Mudgett decided to keep control of the book and the way the story was told – his acquaintance with the subject matter couldn’t be turned over to editors and publishers to change. BLOODSTAINS is Jeff Mudgett’s story and Jeff Mudgett’s book.

From fans of BLOODSTAINS:

“I purchased it for my Nook and stayed up half the night reading it! I have taught Language Arts my entire career. I usually get frustrated reading self published books, as I can’t put down my “mental” red pen. I had no such problems with “Bloodstains.” Amazing!”

“I can’t tell you the number of disappointments I’ve had when I’ve purchased a self-published book. Bloodstains is a breath of fresh air. Six chapters in and I’m sneaking glances at my Kindle app (while at work) every chance I get. I’m hooked. Incredibly well written my friend”

During his obsession with truth, he was inflicted with seizures from an unknown origin. A hidden brain tumor was determined to be the culprit, but through the encounters with information and “haunted” locations, he wondered if he was also inflicted with the “Holmes Curse.”  A diagnosis of epilepsy is the explanation and Mudgett often speaks to organizations such as the Epilepsy Foundation in an attempt to educate others about epilepsy and bring awareness to resources available for anyone with the diagnosis.

Since the release of Bloodstains Jeff Mudgett has presented to audiences some of the documented evidence contained in the book, enhancing many unanswered Bloodstains, Jeff Mudgett,ImaginePublicityquestions left for the reader to decide, the most controversial, could H. H. Holmes and Jack the Ripper be one and the same?

He took a trip to the site of the “Murder Castle” in Chicago where he was filmed in the original basement, a place where many refused to go. Mudgett’s real time experience in the bowels of the location where Holmes performed many nefarious deeds will be shown on a major network in the near future. He has been extensively interviewed on radio and television, including an extended interview with Ancestry.Com and the Chicago Sun Times.

Jeff Mudgett resides in Las Vegas, NV where he is working on two new books, Letting Love Live, which delves into the question, “can pure evil love?” The second book, Before the Eyes of Men, is a fictional account of Spanish gold off the  California coast.

Ask Jeff Mudgett!

Jeff Mudgett is available for keynotes, speaking engagements, workshops and presentations including not only the book Bloodstains and the information contained, but he also speaks to audiences about writing, publishing, and epilepsy.

Suggested topics:

  • BLOODSTAINS,  Journey of the Decendant of serial killer H. H. Holmes
  • Evidence of Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes, Are They One and the Same? You Decide
  • Epilepsy: The Hidden Diagnosis
  • Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Pros and Cons

Recent appearances:

Neumann University & Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion (Sept. 2014)

The History Channel’s “Haunted History” The Murder Castle (July 2013)

Huffington Post

FOX Chicago interview

KTalk The Fringe Radio

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If you would like to schedule Jeff Mudgett for interviews, speaking events, presentations and keynotes, please contact: 

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  1. Jason Dantonio says

    I have been binge watching American Ripper for the past two days and was sad to see there was no Season 2. The story is fascinating and incredibly complex and its remarkable what you and your team were able to uncover in so many different locations throughout H.H. Holmes infamous past. Since the ending of the series what further details have you found out?

  2. Mari says

    I have been reading about HH Holmes aka Herman Webster Mudgett? I don’t understand how you can be his great great grandson since he only had one son named Robert Lovering Mudgett who died in 1956 without ever having children. How is it possible that you are the great great grandson of Holmes? Please explain

  3. Mari says

    How are you related to HH Holmes?

  4. Roger says

    Only a sick individual would admit his great grandfather was a horrible serial killer.. then try to prove he was also Jack the Ripper. Mr. Mudgett seems to revell in saying “he’s highly educated ” and “highly intelligent ” .

    Be ashamed of your family history.. not proud. Your a disgrace.

  5. “I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents. …They are accidents and no one’s fault, as used to be thought. Once they were considered the visible punishments for concealed sins. And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul? …Sometimes when we are little we imagine how it would be to have wings, but there is no reason to suppose it is the same feeling birds have. No, to a monster, the norm must seem monstrous since everyone is normal to himself. …To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous. To a criminal, honesty is foolish…” So John Steinbeck introduced a major character in “East of Eden”. I’ve followed Holmes’ story for over a decade and watching the season finale, I was suddenly struck by the memory of Steinbeck’s theory. I cannot help but be struck by the similarity. We look forward to more. Nancy Klepacki Harding, Rev Michael Klepacki, Cdr, USN -retired.

  6. Sabra Presti says

    Dear Mr. Mudgett,
    Today, I just watched the last episode of American Ripper, I learned so much about H.H.Holmes , all I knew of Jack the Ripper was he was a serial killer in the 18oos who killed prostitutes. Every episode kept me on the edge of my seat, trying to undestand why… Someone who could have been so brilliant could be so Evil . So many layers and complexities, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. In horror at times I kept watching it because I wanted to know how your journey ended with him. The emotions you must have felt at the end when your DNA matched his. In that moment I felt such sadness for you. I was hoping wasn’t true. It really is true how the past touches the present. But, sometimes having peace is in the knowledge of knowing the truth.
    Thank You for sharing such a private part of your life and bringing truth from the pages of history. Take Care

  7. Cathy Connelly Godfrey says

    Did you ever go to school in Houston? Were you ever called Judge?

  8. Mr. Mudgett,
    Your relative is indeed more important to history than you may think. Like you, I have spent several years working on a set of killers who in fact mimicked your Mr. Holmes. This is not a narcissus plea to piggyback upon your information, but to reach out and provide an expansive tome which demonstrates your relative as the impetus and inspiration for 4 men who through extensive research, forensics and direct evidence can now be linked to some of America’s most infamous cases. I would appreciate an opportunity to speak…Please feel free to peruse the compilation of this evidence now under both FBI and attorneys connected to some of the more contemporary cases these killers can be connected to. This is a sincere and serious inquiry. Forensics author and investigative author, T. A. Powell. (Please see current release on Amazon. LORDS OF THE HARVEST: A TRUE CRIME INVESTIGATIVE MEMOIR.)

  9. I am so sorry that it took me this long to find your blog. Now that I have I look forward to reading the past blogs as well as all that will follow.

    -Martin Herman

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