Belle Gunness born (Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth) changed name to Belle Sorenson Gunness after migrating to America. Gunness, a six foot tall 200 pounds physically strong woman, was a Norwegian-born murder-for-profit serial killer who murdered her suitors and others to collect life insurance and other valuables. Gunness was suspected of killing both husbands and all of her children. Could have faked her own death in the fire that destroyed her home in 1908. Her children had died of strychnine poisoning before the fire, and the woman's body found next to them was decapitated and, reportedly, smaller than Gunness' own.
Serial Killer Belle Gunness (aka) Hell's Belle, Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth, was active for 9 years between 1900-1908, known to have ( 13 confirmed / 40 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Belle Gunness was born on November 11th 1859 in Selbu, Norway. She was born 8th of 8 children and raised by both parents. Gunness was raised as a youngest child and had seven brothers or sisters. Her father, Paul Pedersen Størset, a stonemason. Her mother, Berit Olsdatter, a homemaker.
Gunness a heterosexual female citizen of Norway. Gunness married twice. She had six total, five maternal and one adopted.
Prior to her spree she had commited crimes.
In 1900 (Age 40/41) Belle Gunness started her killing spree, during her crimes as a serial killer she was known to rob, mutilate, murder her victims. She was known to kill victims at her own home. At the time of her crimes she was living with multiple suitors, husbands and children, where Gunness was known to work as a criminal, agriculturer.
Belle Gunness died on April 28th 1908 (Age 48), cause of death: burned in fire (unverified) may have faked death at La Porte, Indiana, United States.
Belle Gunness has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
|Nickname:||Hell's Belle, Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth|
|Victims:||13 - 40|
|Years Active:||1900 - 1908|
|Ages Active:||40/41 - 48/49|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1859 - 1908|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♏ Scorpio |
Oct 23 - Nov 22
|Marital Status:||married twice|
|Children:||six total, five maternal and one adopted|
|Living With:||multiple suitors, husbands and children|
|D.O.B.:||Nov 11, 1859|
|Native Name:||Belle Sorenson Gunness|
|Birth Location:||Selbu, Norway|
|Birth Order:||8th of 8|
|Siblings:||seven brothers or sisters|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Birth Category:||youngest child|
|Mother:||Berit Olsdatter, a homemaker|
|Father:||Paul Pedersen Størset, a stonemason|
|Sentence:||never tried or convicted|
|Death Date:||Apr 28, 1908 (Age 48)|
|Cause of Death:||burned in fire (unverified) may have faked death|
|Death Location:||La Porte, Indiana, United States|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 7 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Belle Gunness. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Nov 11 1859||Belle Gunness was born in Selbu, Norway. #18591111|
|Nov 11 1879|
|Nov 11 1889|
|Nov 11 1899|
|Belle Gunness started her serial killing spree. #1900|
|Belle Gunness ended her serial killing spree. #1908|
|Apr 28 1908|
|Belle Gunnessdied.cause of death:burned in fire (unverified) may have faked deathat La Porte, Indiana, United States. #19080428|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Belle Gunness (1900-1908).
| 37 / 40 |
|living with children||TRUE||268|
|kill at killers home||TRUE||320|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|1477808949||Hell's Princess||Harold Schechter||Belle Gunness||2|
|1477808957||Hell's Princess||Harold Schechter||Belle Gunness||1|
|0425213900||Female Serial Killers||Peter Vronsky|| 30 Total Including |
|067101448x||Fiend||Harold Schechter||Belle Gunness||2|
|0345524470||Psycho USA||Harold Schechter||Belle Gunness||2|
|1558616527||Women Who Kill||Ann Jones|| 4 Total Including |
|0312282761||Savage Pastimes||Harold Schechter||Belle Gunness||1|
|1530296994||Belle Gunness||Jack Rosewood||Belle Gunness||1|
|1523836148||Hell's Belle||Lindsay Garrett||Belle Gunness||1|
|075960665x||The Mistress of Murder Hi...||Sylvia Elizabeth She...||Belle Gunness||1|
|0875804365||Heartland Serial Killers||Richard Lindberg||Belle Gunness||1|
|1504044576||The Truth about Belle Gun...||Lillian de la Torre||Belle Gunness||1|
|081229338x||Women's Folklore, Women's...||Rosan A. Jordan||Belle Gunness||1|
|0814712959||Lethal Imagination||Michael A. Bellesile...||Belle Gunness||1|
|0313378916||Serial Killing for Profit...||Dirk C. Gibson|| 6 Total Including |
|2035860814||Belle Gunness - la premiè...||Philippe Chassaigne||Belle Gunness||1|
Belle Gunness was a Norwegian-American serial killer. Gunness is thought to have killed at least 14 people (and may have killed as many as 40) between the years 1884 and 1908.
Belle Gunness is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database