Belle Sorenson Gunness

Demographic Info

Hell's Belle, Belle Sorenson40+FemaleCaucasianUSAStationaryCriminal Enterprise1859/11/11 (Selbu, Norway)Disputed; Some say 1908/04/28 (La Porte, Indiana, USA)


Belle Gunness: The Lady BluebeardJanet L. LangloisAmazon
Mistress of Murder Hill, The: The Serial Killings of Belle GunnessSylvia Elizabeth ShepherdAmazon


Most Evil: Murderous Women (Episode 1x03)
Only Belle: A Serial Killer from SelbuAmazon (DVD)

Belle Sorenson Gunness killed up to 42 children and male suitors in the early 20th Century. The suitors died as part of her plans to rob them. Her La Porte, Indiana farm house burned, and her children were found in the ruins. Also found was the headless body of a woman some thought was Gunness. Many other, however, thought she had staged her supposed death and fled the town.

Blog Posts

Edward Bass Making Film on Belle Gunness

on September 15th, 2011 in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Edward Bass, known for producing films such as Bobby and Come Early Morning, is writing, directing, and producing a biopic on Belle Sorenson Gunness called Belle. Says Bass: I have begun shooting a documentary on the life of Belle Gunness, as I had just finished penning the screenplay for the…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Episode 013: Belle Sorenson Gunness, Part 2

on January 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Last week, we began the story of Belle Sorenson Gunness, who made her living by attracting men to her Indiana farmhouse with promises of wedded bliss. Instead she killed them, stole their money, chopped them up, and buried them on her farm. As a relative of one of her victims…

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Episode 012: Belle Sorenson Gunness, Part 1

on January 14th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | 2 Comments

George Anderson of Tarkio, Missouri had been conversing with Belle for a few weeks. He had seen her matrimonial ad in a local newspaper, and was very intrigued by the Norwegian widow who lived on a farm in La Porte, Indiana. She seemed rather fixated on money, but he really…

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Victims of Belle Sorenson Gunness

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 2 Comments

Belle Sorenson Gunness was thought to be involved in the murders of over forty-one victims. We currently have information on forty-one of her suspected victims. Caroline Sorenson  Caroline was the daughter of Gunness and was suspected of being murdered in 1896. Axel Sorenson Axel was the son of Gunness and…

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