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Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth (Størsetgjerdet)

Also Known As: "Belle Gunness"
Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Størsetgjerdet, Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Death: circa April 28, 1908 (44-52)
La Porte, IN, USA
Place of Burial: La Porte, IN, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Pål Persen Størseth and Berit Olsdatter Størseth
Wife of Mads Ditlev Anton Sorenson 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 1 other

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About Belle Gunness

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

Documentary: []

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."

1865 census for Selbu

1875 census for 1664P Selbu

[] Visited her brother - 1875

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Belle Gunness's Timeline

November 11, 1859
Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
March 18, 1860
Age 37
Age 39
May 1903
Age 43
April 28, 1908
Age 48
La Porte, IN, USA
Age 48
La Porte, IN, USA