1) Why did Larsen decided to tell not only the story of the building of the Fair and its operation but the parallel stories of Holmes (a.k.a. Mudgett and several other aliases), the psychopathic mass murderer, and Prendergast who assassinates Mayor Harris2) What do the stories of Holmes and Prendergast, especially in juxtaposition to the Fair, tell us about the times in which they lived? (Or, are they simply two of those freak human aberrations whose stories just happen to coincide with the Fair and have little significance?) (Do you think it is a coincidence that Holmes and Jack the Ripper in London were contemporaries?)
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