[Child Death] Belle Gunness...

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  1. Airbornemama

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    Belle Gunness was born in Selbu, Norway in 1858, and emigrated to the United States about 1886. She married Mads Sorenson in 1893. They owned a Chicago store that only turned a profit after it burned and they collected the insurance. In 1900 Sorenson died of convulsions and Belle received about $8,000 from his life insurance.
    By 1902 Belle was in La Porte. On April Fool's Day of that year she married Peter Gunness. They worked a farm on McClung Road. Peter died after a coffee grinder fell from a shelf and hit him on the head. The insurance company reluctantly paid on his policy. Belle began advertising in Norwegian language newspapers, "Widow, with mortgaged farm, seeks marriage. Triflers need not apply."
    Apparently many answered her letters. Belle would introduce them as relatives. Belle's pretty, 18 year old niece, Jenny Olson, got suspicious because the suitors always left the farm during the night. Soon Jenny was away at school in California, according to Belle.
    Andrew Helgelein was the last to answer one of Belle's advertisements. She urged him to sell all he had, and then bring the cash to La Porte. For good measure she included a four leaf clover in her letter. He arrived with $3,000 in 1908.
    The lack of letters from Andrew prompted his brother, Asa, to write to Belle and inquire about the suitor's whereabouts. Belle's answers were insufficient and Asa came to LaPorte. He was too late.
    On the morning of April 28, 1908 the Gunness farmhouse burned. In the ashes were found the bodies of the Gunness children, and the headless body of a woman of a smaller stature than Belle's substantial size. Dental work, purported to be that of Belle, was found as well. When Asa arrived several days later he prompted the sheriff to investigate further. It was then that the full horror of the events at the Gunness farm began to emerge.
    Jenny Olson was discovered nearby. At least 12 other bodies were recovered, and some estimated that Belle had buried 40 men on the farm. Curious crowds, numbering in the thousands, visited the scene of the crime.
    Ray Lamphere, Belle's hired hand, was eventually charged with murder and arson. He was convicted only on the later charge. Before dying in prison, he maintained that Belle had escaped. For years afterwards there were numerous sightings of the murderess across the country, but none were confirmed.
    The farmhouse after it burned
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    These cars are from looky loo's who wanted a bird's eye view of the crime scene
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    Belle as a young woman
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    Her and her poor children
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    These are bones and evidence found in the ashes
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    Belle's false teeth and jewelry
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  2. Kneon_Knight

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    This is the kind of thing I like to point out when radical feminists start carrying on about how women never, ever commit atrocious acts of violence. The rage it generates is absolutely delicious.
     
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    Wicked post @Airbornemama !!
    I did some research on this case a while back. One thing that I remember is that Belles first husband "Mads" already had life insurance for $3500 but she convinced him to up the policy to a $5000 one. The 2 policies overlapped for only 1 day... the day Mads died (July 30-1900), hence the 8k payout [about $250,000 in today's economy]. Also, the man who "found" the teeth in the rubble was apparently seen dropping something from his vest pocket in the dirt right before he made the discovery. It was also determined that the teeth found had NOT been through a fire. This is a great piece of history and if proven, one of the beefier numbers of murders committed by a woman [around 40 I think].
     
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  4. StrangerBesideU

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    Excellent post! There is still speculation as to whether that is really Belle's head or not. Thank you for sharing this.
     
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    I didn't know that story. Great post!
     
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    The problem is that they're largely right. The amount of violent crime committed by women is just completely and utterly dwarfed by men.

    I hate radical feminists too, but my repartee to that would be something like, "...so you're conceding men and women in the aggregate behave differently? Why is that okay here but misogynistic and sexist when someone points out the mathematical achievement gap between men and women, for example?"
     
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    Interesting story.
     
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    Damn. She was not a looker either. Must've blown them away with her writing skills
     
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    Another super classy set by @Airbornemama !!! This set along with the backstory is super bad ass!
     
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    back then it was all about the hips Lola *chants* "its all in the hips"
     
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  13. Honest One

    Honest One ETTAFUCKOUTAHE

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    Belle skated with all the cash, that was a fuck load of money back then. Awesome thread @Airbornemama
     
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  14. TrayBuck

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    Never heard of this before thank you
     
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  15. Ravenna

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    Thank you so much for posting this! I love reading stories like this :D
     
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