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Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men


Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

ratings:
3.5/5 (194 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Apr 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781543602012
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 victims to her Indiana "murder farm." Some were hired hands. Others 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 of 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 nightmare.

Released:
Apr 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781543602012
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, and, with David Everitt, The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. He is also the author of Nevermore and The Hum Bug, the acclaimed historical novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in New York State.



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  • (4/5)
    The concept of a female serial killer is low. Mostly, serial killers are male. Yet, to have a female serial killer back I this time period is very rare. The fact that Belle lured and killed dozens of men not only for money but pleasure is a horrific thought. Yet, as I read about the many disappearances and the concerns of neighbors, I could not help but wonder why authorities did not investigate Belle sooner. Yeah, she hide the bodies and had stories for the disappearances but the stories still drew questions. It was not until a fire broke out at Belle's farm that authorities dug up tons of graves with butchered body parts. If you are a fan of true crime, than you will appreciate this book. Mr. Schechter does not gushy up the story of Belle but lays down the facts of Belle and her reign of bodies left behind. Just when I thought I would grow weary of all of the facts I would read something that just intrigued me.
  • (4/5)
    After disposing of two husbands, Belle Gunness lured men to her farm through newspaper advertisements and letters. Once the men arrived, they were slaughtered and buried around the farm. When her past began to catch up with her, her farmhouse mysteriously burnt down, and a headless corpse, found with her children. To this day, it is still debated whether she died in the fire. This was a quick read. The book was interesting and well organized. It contained a good blend of fact and storytelling. Overall, highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    This was an excellent book. It was surprising to me that I have never heard of Bell Gunness and that she isn't more wildly known. This true story is written very well and makes you balance the facts to try to understand the truth that may never fully be known.
  • (5/5)
    Great book! Love the full background and history of the main character. She was a wicked soul,and left plenty of room to make your own conclusions of how the end really went. A must read!!.
  • (5/5)
    The original version of a Craigslist killer. This woman, Belle got away with murder for so long! I am a huge fan of Harold Schechter and this did not leave me disappointed. It did however creep into my dreams so that was fun. I dont recommend listening to this while going to bed.
  • (5/5)
    I've always been interested by this story & along with many others, I've always believed that Belle made a substitution of herself, in the fire.
    This book was very interesting & shed light on another aspect of the tale.