University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Science of a Psychopath: Identifying the American Ripper

Thursday 31 August 2017
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Penn Museum

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Touted as America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes was rumored to have claimed as many as 200 lives in the late 19th century, before being caught—and sentenced to death—in Philadelphia. This past spring, University of Pennsylvania and Penn Museum anthropologists, archaeologists, and psychiatrists contributed their expertise to "American Ripper", a new television series on HISTORY, to investigate the life and death of H.H. Holmes. Join these experts in a discussion taking you behind the scenes of the making of the series and into the mind of a presumed serial killer.  "American Ripper" premiered Tuesday July 11, 10 pm EST and continues weekly through August 29, 2017.


Peter Cobb, Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist, Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials, Penn Museum
Samantha Cox, Consulting Scholar, Physical Anthropology, Penn Museum
Janet Monge, Associate Curator-in-Charge, Physical Anthropology, Penn Museum, and Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Adrian Raine, Richard Perry University Professor, Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Admission: $5

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