Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth (Størsetgjerdet) (1859 - c.1908) MP

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Nicknames: "Belle Gunness"
Birthplace: Størsetgjerdet, Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Death: Died in La Porte, IN, USA
Managed by: Anne M Berge
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About Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth (Størsetgjerdet)

Belle Sorenson Gunness (born as Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth, November 11, 1859, Selbu, Norway; died April 28, 1908?, La Porte,[1] Indiana) was a Norwegian-American serial killer.

Standing five feet and eight inches (173 cm)[1] tall and weighing over 200 pounds (91 kg), she was a physically strong woman. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life-insurance benefits. Reports estimate that she killed more than 40 persons over several decades.


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"Brynhild Paulsdatter Størset, better known as Belle Gunness, was born in 1859 in Selbu, Norway. After moving to the United States, she became one of the most notorious female serial killers of all time. It is estimated that she murdered between 40 and 70 people, but she was never tried or sentenced for any of these crimes. As the net closed in around her, she arranged her own "death" and disappeared without a trace.

Director Anne Berit Vestby, a native of the same small village in Norway, follows Belle's tracks from Selbu to Chicago. Drawing on archival newspapers and featuring authentic photos, the story Vestby recounts turns out to be wilder and more gruesome than you can imagine."

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Belle Gunness's Timeline

November 11, 1859
Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Age 37
Age 39
April 1, 1902
Age 42
May 1903
Age 43
April 28, 1908
Age 48
La Porte, IN, USA
Age 48
La Porte, IN, USA