«Dr. Holms Hotel har vært en kilde til rekreasjon, trivsel og velvære siden begynnelsen av 1900-tallet,» heter det på hjemmesidene til Dr. Holms hotell på Geilo. Og videre:
Men det er ikke først og fremst omgivelsene som gjør Dr. Holms Hotel så annerledes.
Det stemmer. For muligens er hotellet oppkalt etter Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, USAs første massemorder, som bygget et «hotell» i Chicago der de to øverste etasjene var fulle av labyrinter og skjulte rom.
Over a period of three years, Holmes selected female victims from among his employees (many of whom were required as a condition of employment to take out life insurance policies for which Holmes would pay the premiums but also be the beneficiary), lovers and hotel guests, and would torture and kill them. Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that permitted him to asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge bank vault near his office; he sat and listened as they screamed, panicked and eventually suffocated. Holmes had repeatedly changed builders during the initial construction of the Castle to ensure that only he fully understood the design of the house he had created, thereby decreasing the chances of any of them reporting it to the police.
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