You probably remember Bluebeard, the title character in the French folk tale by Charles Perrault, which you might have stumbled across in a fairy tale book or two. Bluebeard was a man who had been married several times, but no one knew what had happened to his previous wives. When he takes on a new wife, she discovers the murdered bodies of the old wives in a small, forbidden room.
She married Mads Sorenson in They owned a Chicago store that only turned a profit after it burned and they collected the insurance. By Belle was in La Porte.
They worked a farm on McClung Road. Peter died after a coffee grinder fell from a shelf and hit him on the head. The insurance company reluctantly paid on his policy.
Belle began advertising in Norwegian language newspapers, "Widow, with mortgaged farm, seeks marriage. Triflers need not apply. Belle would introduce them as relatives. Soon Jenny was away at school in California, according to Belle.
She urged him to sell all he had, and then bring the cash to La Porte. For good measure she included a four leaf clover in her letter. He was too late. On the morning of April 28, the Gunness farmhouse burned. Dental work, purported to be that of Belle, was found as well.
When Asa arrived several days later he prompted the sheriff to investigate further.
It was then that the full horror of the events at the Gunness farm began to emerge. The body of Andrew Helgelein was the first to be uncovered in a shallow grave in the garden. Jenny Olson was discovered nearby.
In , her first husband Mads died on the day when his two life insurance policies conveniently overlapped. Gunness received two insurance pay-outs for one life. The first doctor examined his body and discovered Mads had died of strychnine poisoning. But Gunness’ doctor overruled the finding and determined that he had died of heart failure. Meet serial killer Belle Gunness at timberdesignmag.com The burly Norwegian murdered over 40 people between and before she disappeared without a trace. The highly sought-after serial killer is the subject of a newly released Investigation Discovery special titled The Golden State Killer: It's Not Over, which aired Monday and can be viewed online.
At least 12 other bodies were recovered, and some estimated that Belle had buried 40 men on the farm. Curious crowds, numbering in the thousands, visited the scene of the crime. He was convicted only on the later charge. Before dying in prison, he maintained that Belle had escaped.
For years afterwards there were numerous sightings of the murderess across the country, but none were confirmed. Moe and Ole O.It was just years ago that serial killer Belle Gunness performed her notorious deeds on the outskirts of La Porte. Did she succeed in getting away with murder?
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In , her first husband Mads died on the day when his two life insurance policies conveniently overlapped. Gunness received two insurance pay-outs for one life.
The first doctor examined his body and discovered Mads had died of strychnine poisoning. But Gunness’ doctor overruled the finding and determined that he had died of heart failure.
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Early Life Belle Gunness’s early life is somewhat of a mystery. Belle was the youngest of eight children and it is believed that she was born on November 11, Belle Gunness was an immigrant who came to America in She took the name of Belle Storseth when she came over from Norway.
She was born in as Brynhild, and her original surname was probably Paulsdatter Størseth.