One of the great mysteries of the H.H. Holmes story revolves around Benjamin Pietzel, Holmes’ accomplice who became a victim, along with three of his children, as dramatically portrayed in “Devil in the White City.” THe mystery? How do you pronounce his name?
Documentaries about Holmes tend to be all over the map here – Pihtzuhl, Pytz-zuhl, Pit-uh-zull, etc. Spelling vary between Pitezel and Pietzel.
We can now confidently say that it’s pronounced Pyte-zuhl. How do we know? We hosted three of his great-granddaughters, two of whom are still named Pietzel, on our tour this past Friday! Pictures and more are forthcoming.