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Detective Frank Geyer’s discovery of the corpses of the two Pitezel girls, Alice and  Nellie, on June 15 has impelled Chicago police to enter Dr. H. H. Holmes’s building in  Englewood on the night of the Friday, July 19. The third floor of the hotel contained only small  hotel rooms, but police began to find weird things on the second floor. While some of the rooms  were regular bedrooms, police found that some rooms had no windows and were built with  airtight doors. One of the rooms on the second floor had a walk-in vault with a gas jet built in to  allow gas to enter the vault. On the inside of the vault door, police found the imprint of a  woman’s bare foot. Police believe that the footprint belonged to a woman name Emeline Cigrand,  thought to have suffocated inside the vault. Next, the investigation moved to the basement of the hotel, measuring 50by 165 feet,  where police made a number of disturbing discoveries. They found a large vat of acid with a  section of a skull and eight ribs at the bottom; a dissection table stained with blood; a large kiln;  articles of clothing that were recovered from piles of ash and stovepipe that was clogged with  human hair. The police dug up two buried vaults that were filled with human remains and also  found more bones including 18 ribs from the torso of a child, several vertebrae, a foot bone, one  shoulder blade and a hip socket. Police also later discovered the skeleton of a child. The skeleton  was initially believed to be the skeleton of young Howard Pitezel, but further examination  revealed that the skeleton belongs to a girl named Pearl Conner. The next day, a man named Charles Chappell led police to a hidden chamber in the  southwest corner of the cellar. Chappell is thought to be an accomplice of Holmes that helped  him turn the corpses of his human victims into bones to be sold for medical studies. As of this  time, police had not revealed what was found inside this hidden chamber. Many speculate that it  contains more corpses from Holmes’ victims. As of now, police have no definite number of how  many people have died at the hands of this fiend, but estimations put the toll at dozens of people,  mostly young women. One estimate has even put the death toll at 200. As of this time, Dr.  Holmes has refused to give a statement but a source from the prison says that Holmes has not  reacted in any way to the discoveries made but instead has acted completely unfazed.  On Thursday, August 19, the building was mysteriously demolished by fire. Arson was  suspected but no arrests have been made yet.
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