Sunday, April 1, 2018

SHE’S BACK! – The Serial Killer America Tried to Forget: Belle Gunness

Book published April 1, 2018

By America’s premier historical true crime writer, Harold Schechter.

In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn’t merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They’d been butchered.

Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter’s gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery—and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.

[Publisher’s promotional text]


One detail: Gunness is America’s most prolific female serial killer of adults. But Georgia Tann is probably the most prolific American serial killer in actuality, but all her victims were children, most of them infants.


The World’s First Serial Killer Movie: The Story of Belle Gunness, 1908


1908 – Belle Gunness – LaPorte, Indiana, USA – Serial Killer, Swindler
1922 – Tillie Gbrurek Klimek – Chicago, Illinois, USA – Serial Killer, Swindler

1924 – Marie Krueger – Hammer, Germany – Serial Killer, Swindler

1930s – Grace Sims – Brickel Ridge, Tennessee, USA – Serial Killer, Swindler

1940 – Emma Heperman – Wentzville, Missouri, USA – Serial Killer

1949 – Inez Brennan – Dover, Delaware, USA – Serial Killer, Swindler

1949 – Martha Beck – USA – Serial Killer, Swindler

1954 – Nannie Doss – Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA – Serial Killer, Swindler

1984 – Ada Wittenmyer – Dickson, Tennessee, USA – Serial Killer, Swindler

1996 – Elfriede Blauensteiner – Vienna, Austria – Serial Killer, Swindler

2007 – Lydia L. – Gottingen, Germany – Serial Killer, Swindler

2009 – Kanae Kijima – Tokyo, Japan – Serial Killer, Swindler

2011 – “The Black widow Gang” – Medellin, Colombia – Yulima Emilsen Rojas Castaño & Suleyma Giraldo de Zapata – Serial Killers, Swindlers

2012 – Melissa Friedrich – Florida, USA & Nova Scotia, Canada – Serial Killer, Swindler



Books (Mainstream Publishers):

Harold Schechter, Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men, 2018, Little A (Amazon Pub.).
Lillian de la Torre, The Truth About Belle Gunness, 1955, Gold Medal Books/Fawcett Publications.
Kinney, Madeline G., The Gunness Story, 1954, La Porte County Historical Society, 16 pp.
Langlois, Janet L., Belle Gunness: The Lady Bluebeard, 1985, Indiana University Press.
Richard C. Lindberg, Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago, 2011, Northern Illinois University Press.


Jack Rosewood, Belle Gunness: The True Story of The Slaying Mother: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers, 2016, CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
Lindsay Garrett, Hell's Belle: The True Story of Belle Gunness, 2016, CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
Hank Brewster, On the Road to the Murder Farm: The Hunt For Belle Gunness, 2012, Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
Sylvia Elizabeth Shepherd, The Mistress of Murder Hill: The Serial Killings of Belle Gunness, 2001, 1st Book Library.

Foreign Language:

Av Hans Melien, Belle Gunness: Massmordersken fra Selbu, 1978, Grøndahl og Dreyer.
Philippe Chassaigne, Belle Gunness : La première tueuse en série des États-Unis, 2011, Larousse.

Comic Books:

Crimes of Women, “Belle Gunness, The Monster of Laporte,” pp. 1-10, Aug. 1948, No. 2, Fox Features Syndicate.
Crime Does Not Pay, “Mrs. Bluebeard,” Mar. 1946, No. 44, Comic House / Lev Gleason Pub., 68 pp.





  1. It's very interesting.In Europe this stuff are not much know .

  2. 2019 active; there is another group of women called "Sylvia Elizabeth"; they are international pedophiles known for child abduction and human trafficking (still active in North America today) they can be added to the crime history books.