Leonardo DiCaprio’s Killer New Role

Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be playing both sides of the law these days.

The Titanic heartthrob, who’s been tapped to play quirky FBI honcho J. Edgar Hoover in an upcoming biopic, has also signed on to to portray notorious 19th century serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett (aka, Henry Howard Holmes) in an adaptation of Erik Larson’s 2003 nonfiction book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.

Mudgett/Holmes, who is believed to have killed between 27 and 200 people, exploited interest in the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago by constructing the World’s Fair Hotel, where he would lure young female guests. The hotel, which would come to be known as a “murder castle,” was equipped with a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table, where Mudgett/Holmes would murder his victims, stripping their skeletons to sell for medical and scientific study.

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