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Belle Gunness was an American serial killer of Norwegian origin.[citation needed] A folk song was written about her in 1938.[1]

Belle Gunness
Belle Gunness with children.jpg
Gunness with her children, c. 1908
Born Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth
November 11, 1859
Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Died April 28, 1908(1908-04-28) (aged 48) (unverified)
La Porte, Indiana, U.S.
Other names Hell's Belle, the Black Widow, Lady Bluebeard
Motive Life insurance money
Victims 25–40
Span of crimes
Country United States
State(s) Illinois, Indiana
Date apprehended
Never caught

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Autopsy 8: Dead Giveaway, Documentary from HBO

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