DiCaprio Attached To Series About Infamous H.H. Holmes

February 11, 2019 - 8:48 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Notorious Chicago killer H.H. Holmes – who may have murdered several people in his Englewood “Murder Castle” in the late-1800s – is finally getting the full dramatic treatment.

Numerous media reported Monday that actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese are attached to serve as executive producers on a Hulu series based on Erik Larson's 2003 bestseller “Devil in the White City.” The book balances two narratives: architect Daniel Burnham’s efforts to plan and design the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the simultaneous criminal career of Holmes.

Holmes set up shop as a pharmacist at 63rd and Wallace in an imposing castle-like building. The smoothly seductive con man murdered mistresses he bilked, but some biographers insist he killed several more, including World's Fair visitors who lodged at the site. Holmes eventually left Chicago and was undone by a murder-for-insurance scam.

Details were not available on the Hulu project’s casting and whether DiCaprio will play Holmes. The “Devil” film project has been bouncing around for years, with different stars and directors attached.