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Transcript of Belle Gunness
Who is she?
It's a debate
Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth
November 11, 1859
Attended a country dance (1877)
Attacked and miscarried
Man (rich family) died shortly afterwards due to "stomache cancer"
HERE'S THE STORY
1884, Gunness married Mads Ditlev Anton Sorenson
both opened store / not successfull
Sorenson died 1900 on day insurance overlapped
autopsy wasn't performed
after husband's funeral
$8,500 (about $217,000 in 2008 dollars
bought a farm
Infant and peter dies
HOW SHE KILLED
Several middle aged men
Ole B. Budsberg
Tonnes Peterson Lien
John H. McJunkin
George Berry of Tuscola
John E. Hunter
unknown man and woman
a daughter of Mrs. H. Whitzer
Life insurance money
Luring men to her to get money
specific weapons unidentified
barried her victims on her property
allowed her to get the money she wanted (significance)
After house burned, investegators found bodies on property
headless women found was said to be Belle but was never verified due to lack of evidence
FBI profiling: None
Reasons for behavior: to get money
How she remained sucessful: lied, was able to get her way around things
Why she remained successful: Due to lack of evidence, no one was able to figure out her schemes
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