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					Belle Gunness
              Early life
 Grew up in Norway, living
  in poverty

 Man kicked her in the
  stomach while she was
  pregnant, killing her
  unborn child

   Turning point in life, turned
    violent and bitter
       Coming to America
 “Belle was crazy for money.
  it was her greatest
  weakness.”

 First husband died of
  supposed heart failure, but
  doctors later found that he
  had been poisoned
    Fourth child died of
      poisoning too

 All children insured, which
  proved to be her motive
            Peter Gunness
 Married again in 1901

 Story was that a sausage-grinding machine fell on his
  head and split his skull open

    Her daughter, Jennie, later admitted, “my momma
     killed my poppa. Hit him over the head with a cleaver.”

        A few weeks later Jennie went missing, supposedly
         off to college far away, but her body would later be
         found buried
            Ray Lamphere
 Fell in love with Belle while
  serving as her suitor

 Was accused for the burning
  of the Gunness estate

 Investigators found bodies of
  3 children and a woman with
  no head, supposedly the body
  of Belle Gunness

 But maybe Belle set up her
  own death
Investigation
 Found an area with a soft spot in the
  ground

    Andrew Helgelein’s dismembered
     body was found in a sack, legs sawed
     off above the knees, disarticulated his
     arms, and decapitated…all body parts
     were shoved into a hole into his torso

    In his hand he grasped curly brown
     hair
Finding Bodies
  Discovering the Setup
 Investigators found that Belle had placed her
  dental work on the headless woman’s body




 Measurements of body parts did not match up
  with measurements of Belle given by her
  seamstress
                 digging
  At least 13
   bodies
   were
   found at
   the site


Her legend lives on, inspired folk song
          sources
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be
  lle_Gunness
 http://lifeloom.com/II1Ramsla
  nd.htm
 http://www.prairieghosts.com/
  belle.html

				
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