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H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes
Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861[1] – May 7, 1896[2]), better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented American serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago at the time of the 1893 World's Fair, Holmes opened a hotel which he had designed and built for himself specifically with murder in mind, and which was the location of many of his murders. Early life[edit] Mudgett was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire,[4] May 16, 1861, to Levi Horton Mudgett and Theodate Page Price, both of whom were descended from the first European settlers in the area. Mudgett graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in June 1884 after passing his examinations.[8] While enrolled, he stole bodies from the laboratory, disfigured the bodies, and claimed that the people were killed accidentally in order to collect insurance money from policies he took out on each deceased person. Chicago and the "Murder Castle"[edit] Capture and arrest[edit] Related:  Biography

Decamethonium Decamethonium (Syncurine) is a depolarizing muscle relaxant or neuromuscular blocking agent,[1] and is used in anesthesia to induce paralysis. Pharmacology[edit] Decamethonium, which has a short action time, is similar to acetylcholine and acts as a partial agonist of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Contraindications/limitations[edit] Decamethonium does not produce unconsciousness or anesthesia, and its effects may cause considerable psychological distress while simultaneously making it impossible for a patient to communicate. Decamethonium was used clinically in the UK for many years, but it is now available only for research purposes. See also[edit] References[edit]

Wilkie Collins Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieving financial stability and an international reputation. During this time he began suffering from gout, and developed an addiction to opium, which he took (in the form of laudanum) for pain. He continued to publish novels and other works throughout the 1870s and 80s, but the quality of his writing declined along with his health. He died in 1889. Biography[edit] Early life[edit] In 1835 Collins began attending school at the Maida Vale academy. Early writing career[edit] An instrumental event in Collins's career occurred in March 1851, when he was introduced to Charles Dickens by a mutual friend, the painter Augustus Egg. He joined the staff of Household Words in October 1856. In 1858 Collins began living with Caroline Graves and her daughter Harriet. 1860s[edit] The Woman in White was serialised in All the Year Round from November 1859 to August 1860, and was a great success. Later years[edit] Works[edit]

Terry Pratchett Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s,[6][7] and has sold over 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages.[8][9] He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US.[10] Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours.[11][12] In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children.[13][14] He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010. In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[15] Subsequently he made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust,[16] and filmed a programme chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC. Background[edit] Early life[edit] Early career[edit] Current life[edit] Alzheimer's disease[edit] Interests[edit]

Penny Wong Born in Malaysia to an Australian mother and Malaysian father, Wong was educated at Scotch College in Adelaide, and then attended the University of Adelaide, graduating with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees. Prior to entering Federal parliament, Wong worked as a lawyer and political advisor.[1] Wong is the first Asian-born member of an Australian cabinet,[2] and also the first openly lesbian member of the Australian cabinet.[3][4] Early life[edit] Wong was born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to a Malaysian Chinese Hakka father and a European Australian mother.[7][8][9] After her parents, Francis Wong and Jane Wong (née Chapman), separated, she moved to Adelaide, South Australia when she was eight years old with her mother and younger brother Toby.[10] Career[edit] On returning to Adelaide, Wong began practising law, working as a solicitor at the firm Duncan and Hannon (1996-1999). Personal life[edit] Her brother took his own life soon after her election to the Senate.[12]

Winston Graham Winston Mawdsley Graham OBE (30 June 1908 – 10 July 2003) was an English novelist, best known for the Poldark novels, a series of historical fiction set in Cornwall. Biography[edit] Graham's father, Albert Grime, was a prosperous tea-importer and grocer. His second son, Winston, was born at 66 Langdale Road, Victoria Park, Manchester on 30 June 1908, at 8 a.m. When he was 17 years old, Winston moved to Perranporth, Cornwall. During his youth Graham was a keen tennis player, recording in his diaries how many sets he played each day. In September 1939, Graham married Jean Williamson, having first met her in 1926 when she was 13 years old. Graham died on July 10, 2003, in London at age 95. Literary career[edit] Graham's first novel, The House with the Stained Glass Windows, was published in 1934. His first Poldark novel, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945, and was succeeded by a series of eleven further titles, the last of which, Bella Poldark, was published in 2002. Bibliography[edit]

P. G. Wodehouse Wodehouse in 1930 (aged 48) Although most of Wodehouse's fiction is set in England, he spent much of his life in the US and used New York and Hollywood as settings for some of his novels and short stories. During and after the First World War, together with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, he wrote a series of Broadway musical comedies that were an important part of the development of the American musical. Wodehouse worked extensively on his books, sometimes having two or more in preparation simultaneously. Life and career[edit] Early years[edit] Wodehouse was born in Guildford, Surrey, the third son of Henry Ernest Wodehouse (1845–1929), a magistrate resident in the British colony of Hong Kong, and his wife, Eleanor (1861–1941), daughter of the Rev John Bathurst Deane. In 1886 the brothers were sent to a dame-school in Croydon, where they spent three years. Dulwich College report on Wodehouse, 1899.[17] Reluctant banker; budding writer: 1900–08[edit] Wodehouse in 1904, aged 23 1920s[edit]

List of Nikola Tesla writings Tesla wrote a number of books and articles for magazines and journals.[1] Among his books are My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla; The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla, compiled and edited by David Hatcher Childress; and The Tesla Papers. Many of Tesla's writings are freely available on the web,[2][3][4] including the article, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, which he wrote for The Century Magazine in 1900,[5][6] and the article, Experiments With Alternate Currents Of High Potential And High Frequency, published in his book, Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla.[7][8] Works[edit] Tesla working in his laboratory. Works About Tesla[edit] The Tesla Effects With High Frequency and High Potential Currents, Introduction. Poems[edit] In the late 1920s, Tesla composed a poem—"Fragments of Olympian Gossip"—for his friend, George Sylvester Viereck, an illustrious German poet and mystic. References[edit] Notes[edit]

Jack the Ripper was renowned poet Francis Thompson: teacher England's most notorious serial killer may have been renowned poet Francis Thompson, according to one teacher who claims to have cracked the century-old murder mystery. Thompson penned poetry by day and butchered prostitutes by night under the guise of legendary murderer Jack the Ripper, Australian teacher Richard Patterson claims. The 45-year-old educator says research from an exhaustive 20-year study shows the artist is the legendary culprit behind the grisly 1888 slays of five London prostitutes during a 10-week killing spree. Hulton Archive/Getty Images English poet Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907) wrote "The Hound of Heaven" and other works. Thompson, from Preston, Lancashire, had surgical experience and hinted at his double life in some of his poems in which he talked about killing people, Patterson told the Mirror. "He helped with surgery and is known to have cut up heaps and heaps of cadavers while a student," Patterson added. “I swear I struck not the first blow.