TEXT Ý The Mystery of Belle Gunness Ò Harold Schechter

Hell's Princess The Mystery of Belle Gunness Butcher of MenOf murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject Harold Schechter’s gripping suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery and all the gruesome twists of a nightmar Hell’s Princess by Harold Schechter is the well researched story of the mystery of Belle Gunness a butcher of men I note that she was “a” butcher of men not “the” butcher of men or even the title without an article Belle was a serial killer one of many in history and to date She was notable for several reasons She was “she;” female serial killers were and are disproportionately few compared to males Women nurtured; they did not “knock people off” Second Belle was unusually cruel in her kill methods and selection of targets They were not strangers; her victims were husbands lovers and included her own children Finally she operated in a time and environment that we look back upon from the present day as a time of innocence a closely interactive environment where people trusted the common good in each other where such things just didn’t happenShe arrived from Norway to visit and stay with her sister Employed as a domestic she saw little difference from the harsh life she had lived in Norway She saw there was money to be made and by the time she married in 1884 to the father of her children she found a way to get large infusions of cash uickly Insurance payouts paid well This did not bode well for husbands partners and lovers who had to die to trigger the payouts Belle was versatile; she could see that freuent insurance payoffs would appear suspicious After a few insurance scams she purchased a farm remotely located from town and began to offer management partnerships to men They had to make short term investments of a few thousand dollars The investment was short term because the men would soon die To the surrounding communities the men would just disappear For the inuisitive the men changed their minds or had family emergencies Their belongings and luggage remained with Belle to be forwarded laterMany men who answered Belle’s ads had families Some relatives began to uestion their inability to follow up the fate of their relatives once the brothers or fathers had relocated to LaPorte Indiana to help Belle Thus started the unraveling of some of Belle’s schemes As with so many cover ups of criminal activities attempts at concealment had to become ever complex Things rushed forward as if a large bubble grew ever faster The bursting of the bubble was almost inevitable This is the story of how Belle’s life of murder and deception fell apart AlmostThis is crime non fiction There are no surprises or spoilers Schechter goes to great lengths to assure readers this is not fake news Twenty five pages of footnotes are referenced to the forty three chapters There are eight pages of bibliography and twenty helpful index pages Still in the end there are uestions and Schechter does a very good job of revealing unanswered uestions and describing the situations that surround uncertaintyThis book is not for everyone Academics will like it both for its sourcing and the way the author tries to bring in all possibilities and perspectives even when some of them border on the absurd It is slow reading due to this writing process Descriptions of how some of the murders took place based on forensic evidence will provide readers with an idea of how horror and thriller writers get their inspiration Non fiction can be scarier than fictionI gave this work five stars just for the careful balanced presentation After I post this I will look at other reviews I expect them to be all over the range of ratings There will be disagreements because of the careful research methodology Schechter used Academics love to argue That is how they justify their incomes I just rate the book based on my enjoyment of it I liked this one

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S were well to do bachelors All of them vanished without a trace When their bodies were dug up they hadn’t merely been poisoned like victims of other female killers They’d been butchered Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime the shocking series An interesting and absorbing account of turn of the century murderer Belle Gunness The author creates a uniue Kindle experience with aged pages photos and animation The book is well researched with a comprehensive section of notes and references The ending is a bit dissatisfying as there are many unanswered uestions This is why I prefer fictional rather than true crime

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PDF ô BOOK Hell's Princess FREE ↠ HAROLD SCHECHTER õ In the pantheon of serial killers Belle Gunness stands alone She was the rarest of female psychopaths a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it Between 1902 and 1908 she lured a succession of unsuspecting victIn the pantheon of serial killers Belle Gunness stands alone She was the rarest of female psychopaths a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it Between 1902 and 1908 she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm” Some were hired hands Other This book was a well researched compilation of facts and rumors heretofore only available through a patchwork of different readings and articles I appreciate the attention to details court records and even word of mouth from the time period no aspect of the crime went unattended to Truth be told the work itself was very much worth the read and a boatload of stars but while I realize this author has written other relatively well received works I have a hard time believing that he could be an accomplished biographical true crime author with his obvious preconceptions and biases especially against women African Americans and people with less than average Is The author takes multitudes of opportunities to describe women in the book in unflattering terminologies rather than using objective descriptors in terms of weight facial features skin colors etc ie instead of saying overweight he said fat in place of tall he would employ mannish He referred to victims and perpetrator alike as ugly etc not terms generally used by serious writers of nonfiction and biographical accounts In terms of race he makes prolific use of the “n” word citing the common vernacular of that era However despite addressing the fact of the crude commonality and acknowledging it once or even twice the author continued to use the term gratuitously ostensibly defending the term with freuent references to the normality in the time period and his obvious belief in having the artistic license to utilize it in kindAdditionally in terms of opinions of the intelligence of the victims and bystanders he references stupidity etc also not generally considered objective descriptions in a serious work It is demeaning and off putting and in my personal opinion a grave detractor from the uality of the writing and the overall consideration of the work as a serious foray into a true crime genreHad the author maintained greater objectivity I think I would have awarded the book four stars I learned about the murderess and the victims from this account than any single article or depiction I had ever previously read It is a shame in my opinion that the subjectivity of its author was stated in such terms as to ruin the overall review of the work as a wholeWhereas I typically complete a true crime book with the intention of seeing what other culprits the author may have explored I was left with a bad taste in my mouth from this one If he has written other accounts this reader will not be indulging in them