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Brynhild Paulsdatter Størsetgjerdet

Also Known As: "Belle Gunness", "Bella Gunness Størseth. Lady Bluebeard"
Birthplace: Størsetgjerdet, Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Death: April 28, 1908 (48)
La Porte, IN, United States
Place of Burial: La Porte, IN, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Pål Pedersen Størseth and Berit Olsdatter Størseth
Wife of Mads Ditlev Anton Sørensen and Peter (Peder) Gunness
Mother of Myrtle Sorenson; Lucy Sorenson; Caroline Sorenson; Axel Sorenson and Philip Gunness
Sister of Marit Paulsdatter Størseth; Peder Moen; Nellie Larson; Marit Leangvollen; Ole Paulsen Størseth and 2 others

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About Belle Gunness

Belle Sorenson Gunness (born as Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth, November 11, 1859, Selbu, Norway; Bapthized: 18. mars 1860 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.

The Last Victim of the Gunnes Horror Anders "Andrew" Knutson Helgelien

Her family (in Norwegian language from the lokal history book); 1851-1885 Pål Persen fra plassen Dyrdalslia, f. 1808, d. 1890, var sønnen til Per Pålsen fra Uststoggo Garberg. G. 1842 m. Berit Olsdt. fra Nyhus på Langli, f. 1817, d. 1885. De hadde først hatt heimplassen hans. Barn: 1. Marit, f. 1842, død som barn? 2. Per, f. 1843, g.m. Malena Estensdt. Motrøen, se Yter Mobakken. 3. Brynhild, d.e., f. 1846, reiste til Amerika. 4. Marit, f. 1848, flyttet til Klæbu i 1865, g. 1872 m. Gabriel Persen Leangvollen fra Åsen i Nord-Tr.lag. 5. Ola, f. 1853, d. 1854. 6. Olina, f. 1854, tok over plassen. 7. Kari, f. 1857, d. 1859. 8. Brynhild, d.y., f. 1859, reiste til Amerika der hun bar navnet Bella Gunnes og ble kjent for massedrap. 1886-1908 Oline Pålsdt., f. 1854, død ugift 15.5.1908. Barn: Paul, f. 1885 (far: Per Olsen Sletnmoen), tok over bruket. 1909-        Paul Persen Størseth, f. 1885. G.m. Julie Ludviksdt. Tiller, f. 1890. Familien flyttet til Trondheim. LINKS

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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 maybe 20 ( and some think between 40 and 70 people), but she was never tried or sentenced for any of these crimes. As the net closed in around her, IT is still a discussion if she died in the fire in her Home in MC Clung Roar, La Porte, April 28th 1908, or 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."

1865 census for Selbu

1875 census for 1664P Selbu

[] Visited her brother - 1875

Brynhild (49) lokket med sex og trøndersodd - 40 menn ble grisemat

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Belle Gunness's Timeline

November 11, 1859
Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
March 18, 1860
May 1903
April 28, 1908
Age 48
La Porte, IN, United States
Age 48
La Porte, IN, United States