For almost a year now, Robert Pattinson has been keeping the media speculators busy with his mysterious lifestyle, only appearing in public for a series of brief, but tantalizing glimpses. Following his turn as the Dark Knight in the latest Batman movie, fans have been trying to work out his mysterious identity, along with the world’s media trying to keep up with his adventures. He now finds himself at the center of a media frenzy of a different kind, following speculation that his mysterious lifestyle may be linked to a famous literary figure by the name of H.H. Holmes, better known as the ‘Wizard of the West.’

Holmes was one of the first true American mass murderers, responsible for some of the most infamous crimes of the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is most famously known for his ‘Murder Castle,’ located in Chicago, Illinois. The building was constructed in the shape of a ‘T’ and is made up of rooms designed in the styles of different periods, leading up to the 20th century. It is said that Holmes used the castle as a meeting place for his professional associates, with one visitor noting:

“There is something wonderfully exciting about going to a place like that (The Murder Castle). It’s like a journey into the past. You almost feel like you’re stepping back into the middle of a mystery story.”

Now, for the first time in over a year, Robert Pattinson has spoken about the connection between himself and H.H. Holmes. The British actor gave a rare insight into the life of the mysterious literary figure, revealing that he is in fact the great uncle of his wife’s family:

“I had never really met him because he died when I was a baby. I had always pictured him as this mythic character. I had this image of him in my head, with a full head of hair and a mustache and a long green caftan and big toe-rings. I mean, the guy was proper old school.

All these years later and I’m standing in a graveyard, with tombstones all around me. It’s a very strange place. There’s no one else around. It’s just me and an old gentleman in a wheelchair, rapping on the headstones with a cane. It was all too much. It was like déjà vu.”

While in character, the actor could not help but laugh at the absurdity of his situation, revealing that he finds the whole thing quite amusing. And while he is enjoying his brief moment in the limelight, the actor has no immediate plans to play the character of Harry Houdini, as has been widely rumored. However, as the saying goes, one can never know what Robert Pattinson is truly up to. So, despite the fact that it is April Fools’ Day, let’s take a look at some of the other strange stories surfacing about the Hollywood star.

The Mystery Of Those Signature Sneakers

Those who follow the celebrity world will know that Robert Pattinson is no stranger to pranking fans. Back in March 2019, the actor appeared at a comedy event in London wearing some unusual looking sneakers. The sneakers, which were a deep burgundy in color, had an embroidered HP logo on the tongue, with the signature “RB” printed on the sides. The signature sneakers have since become a thing of legend, inspiring memes and social media users to try and work out what they are. One user on TikTok attempted to make sense of the mystery, noting that the logo looked like a “herring” or a “sardine” and that they belonged to HP’s corporate cousin, Hitachi. The user also theorized that HP bought the brand as a prank, while others wondered if it was a possible reference to the video game, Pokémon Go. While we await further clues, let’s take a look at some of the other strange stories about Robert Pattinson.

The Mysterious Case Of The Missing Diamond

Rumors of foul play began to swirl around Robert Pattinson after he failed to show up at the British Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Bafta) awards in London on 25 March 2019. The actor had been nominated for Best Actor for his role as the Joker in the 2019 film, Joker. He failed to show up at the event, leading some to believe that he had been replaced by a double. The rumor later turned out to be false, with the star posting pictures from the ceremony, on Instagram.

Pattinson’s publicist released a statement, explaining that the actor had been kept away from media by his publicists, as he did not want to ruin his moment at the ceremony. The statement went on to say:

“Due to legal reasons he cannot speak about the matter, he will not be commenting any further. He would like to thank his fans for their ongoing support. He looks forward to sharing this special moment with them when he is able to return to London.”

Rumors about Robert Pattinson’s private life have always been rife, with the actor previously being linked to some of the most beautiful women in the world. In October 2019, it was announced that he had officially begun dating his Twilight co-star, Kristen Stewart. The news was met with a mixed response from fans, with many excited to see the duo’s chemistry off-screen, while some thought that they had already spent too much time together and should be focusing on their acting careers.

The Mystery Of The Disappearing Scans

On 15 May 2019, it was reported that Robert Pattinson had removed all of his scenes from the upcoming film, The Way Back. This came after it was revealed that there were complications regarding the release of the film due to the fact that Sony Pictures did not own the movie’s copyright. Although Robert Pattinson’s representative has refuted these reports, the incident led to yet more questions about the actor’s sudden decision to remove all of his scenes. The film’s director, Edward Norton, later revealed that he was, in fact, in favor of removing the scenes, as he did not feel that any of them helped advance the story. Furthermore, he did not want to hurt the actor’s feelings, as he still considered him to be a friend. The only scene that was kept was the one in which Norton plays a therapist to Pattinson, who is having a rough time relating to a dog. The question now is: what will become of Robert Pattinson’s scenes?

Rumors Of A Stand-In

On 22 June 2019, it was reported that Robert Pattinson was in talks to star in the horror film, Deathgasm. The film, which will be directed by Adam Carling, is set in the early 1900s and follows an American doctor who travels to the Amazon to investigate a deadly yellow fever epidemic. While in Brazil, the doctor befriends Alberto, a local who shows him around his home and acts as his guide to the jungle. One of the locations that the film will depict is the famous Cidade dos Palms, built by the French in the late 1800s. It is said that the building is inhabited by a supernatural presence, with many residents and visitors seeing and hearing things that they cannot explain. One of the things that Alberto shows the doctor is where he was born, which turns out to be true, as he is from Boston. However, Carling has denied these rumors, stating that he shot a lot of the film’s scenes in South Africa and that Robert Pattinson’s role was not that of a doctor, but rather an explorer.

The Strange Tale Of The Wizard’s Blanket

On 18 July 2019, it was revealed that Robert Pattinson’s latest film, The Batman, would be getting a sequel. The sequel to the 2019 film, The Batman is now set to be released on October 16, 2021. The sequel will once again star Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, with Mahershala Ali playing the now incarcerated, but legendary caped crusader. One of the things that will play a crucial role in the sequel is a massive, white, furry wizard’s knit throw, which will become something of a theme throughout the film. This particular item of clothing is made famous from a painting that was done in 1940 and titled, ‘Wizard in His Study.’The painting, which hangs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, is one of a series of images that were inspired by J. M. W. Turner’s 1851 painting, ‘Snow Storm: Steamboat in Trouble.’ This item of clothing is also frequently mentioned in Robin Moore’s wonderful novel, Arkham House. According to Moore, the knitting pattern was inspired by a combination of the Great Gatsby and the House of Gucci.