Belle Gunness

Hell's Belle, Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth

  Active for 9 years
(1900-1908) in United States




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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 7 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 16 Books About Belle Gunness
  14. 8 External References
  15. Internal References

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.

Belle Gunness Serial Killer Profile

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.

Profile Completeness: 90%
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Belle Gunness has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.

Belle Gunness a known:

Belle Gunness
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Updated: 2018-12-28 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Belle Gunness
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
Gender: Female
Citizenship: Norway
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Oct 23 - Nov 22
Birth Month: November
Marital Status: married twice
Children: six total, five maternal and one adopted
Living With: multiple suitors, husbands and children
Occupation: criminal, agriculturer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Nov 11, 1859
Native Name: Belle Sorenson Gunness
Family Name: Gunness
Given Name: Belle
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

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: N/A
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: never tried or convicted
Prison Location: N/A
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
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
Suicide: FALSE
7 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Belle Gunness

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.

Date Event Description
Nov 11 1859Belle Gunness was born in Selbu, Norway.  #18591111
Nov 11 1879
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Nov 11 1889
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Nov 11 1899
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
(Age 40/41)
Belle Gunness started her serial killing spree. #1900
(Age 48/49)
Belle Gunness ended her serial killing spree. #1908
Apr 28 1908
(Age 48)
Belle Gunnessdied.cause of death:burned in fire (unverified) may have faked deathat La Porte, Indiana, United States. #19080428
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Boolean Questions:
living with children TRUE 268
previous crimes TRUE 367
kill at killers home TRUE 320
used weapon TRUE 453
mutilated TRUE 447
robbed TRUE 418
suicide FALSE 225
killed in prison FALSE 218
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
xyy FALSE 81
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous jail FALSE 352
previous prision FALSE 336
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
rape FALSE 453
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
strangle FALSE 443
sex with body FALSE 430
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354

Books that Mention Belle Gunness

Book: Hell's Princess (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Harold Schechter
Hell's Princess
Book: Hell's Princess (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Harold Schechter
Hell's Princess
Book: Female Serial Killers (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Peter Vronsky
Female Serial Killers
Book: Fiend (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Harold Schechter
Book: Psycho USA (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Harold Schechter
Psycho USA
Book: Women Who Kill (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Ann Jones
Women Who Kill
Book: Savage Pastimes (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Harold Schechter
Savage Pastimes
Book: Belle Gunness (mentions serial killer Belle Gunness)
Jack Rosewood
Belle Gunness

16 Books that mention Serial Killer
Belle Gunness

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1477808949 Hell's Princess 2
1477808957 Hell's Princess 1
0425213900 Female Serial Killers 30
067101448x Fiend 2
0345524470 Psycho USA 2
1558616527 Women Who Kill 4
0312282761 Savage Pastimes 1
1530296994 Belle Gunness 1
1523836148 Hell's Belle 1
075960665x The Mistress of Murder Hi... 1
0875804365 Heartland Serial Killers 1
1504044576 The Truth about Belle Gun... 1
081229338x Women's Folklore, Women's... 1
0814712959 Lethal Imagination 1
0313378916 Serial Killing for Profit... 6
2035860814 Belle Gunness - la premiè... 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.

External References
  1. Belle Gunness on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Belle Gunness on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  3. Jenna McAlpine, Iris Dickerson, Belle Gunness on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  4. Library of Congress, Crittenden record-press. (Marion, Ky.) 1907-1909, May 28, 1908, (Page 3) on, Retrieved on Sep 15, 2018.
  5. Library of Congress, Palestine daily herald. (Palestine, Tex.) 1902-1949, May 06, 1908, (Page 1) on, Retrieved on Sep 15, 2018.
  6. Library of Congress, The Topeka state journal. (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, May 11, 1908, LAST EDITION, (Page 8) on, Retrieved on Sep 15, 2018.
  7. Q269709 on, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  8. Belle Gunness on, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
Internal References

Belle Gunness is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #6 of 75[ Page 1 ] of Female Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #8 of 43[ Page 1 ] of Scorpio Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #9 of 51[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in November
  4. #42 of 327[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #126 of 651[ Page 9 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #143 of 651[ Page 10 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  7. #186 of 651[ Page 13 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  8. #221 of 651[ Page 15 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
Serial Killers Statistics, charts Belle Gunness is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Sexual Preference, Birth Category, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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