Belle Ganness: Bluebeard in a skirt
On that just do not go to people for money, some not even stop the killing of loved ones. Chilling story of Belle Ganness that was all for the sake of a comfortable life.
The first husband - the first corpses
Belle Ganness was born in the XIX century in Norway, in the municipality of Selbu. At birth, a girl named Brünnhilde Polsdotter Stoshett, she was the youngest of eight children in a poor family of a bricklayer. Belle was not going to live as well as her parents, and barely had the opportunity, she went to the United States, which could give her a much better life than Norway.
In 1884, in Chicago Belle she found herself first husband, his countryman - Mads Sorensen. Two years later, after the wedding, the couple opened a sweet shop, but the business did not bring the expected income. Within a year, as the shop was burned, and Sorensen received payments for insurance.
is not known for sure whether the children were Sorensen. Some sources say that Belle gave birth to a single child, but some historians believe that them it had four: Carolyn, Axel, Myrtle and Lucy. Carolyn and Axel supposedly died in infancy, presumably from colitis. A small clarification: the symptoms of colitis (abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and fever) are easily confused with symptoms of severe poisoning. Carolyn lives and Axel were insured, so that the insurance company paid the money and Sorensen for the death of children.
In 1900, she was killed and her husband. One of the doctors suspected poisoning with strychnine, but the family doctor has rejected this hypothesis. The official cause of death of a heart attack was found. Belle once again received their insurance payments, and bought them at a farm in Indiana.
The second marriage
In 1901, barely Belle moved to a farm, almost immediately adjacent to the main house office buildings burned to the ground.
Shortly before moving to Indiana Belle received another offer of marriage. Again, from the Norwegian, widower Peter Gannessa. They married already in Indiana, in April 1902. A week after the ceremony tragically died Gannessa daughter was left alone with his stepmother. And in December, that is nine months after the marriage, died, and Peter himself. Bell claims that her husband fell from the top shelf heavy kitchen appliance for making sausages. Ganness died almost instantly. A year later, the brother of Peter Gast took his eldest daughter, my niece, Wisconsin. This girl was the only child who survived life with Belle.
For Gannessa Belle received a $ 3,000 - a lot of money. However, local residents began to suspect something: could not Peter, an experienced butcher and a clever man, be so clumsy.
In May 1903, Belle gave birth to a son, Philip, and at the end of 1906 Ganness allegedly sent her stepdaughter Jenny Olsen Lutheran College in Los Angeles. Jenny's body was found with the bodies of her other children, relatives and foster.
Probably thinking no longer waste time on trifles, Belle gave an ad in the newspaper, where she wrote that she was ready to meet with the gentleman with serious intentions to create a family. The practical farmer has warned that it is not prone to long correspondence and would immediately invite potential suitors visit.
On the announcement responded to several gentlemen - most visited Belle on her farm, where she almost immediately told the guests about the mortgage on the house and offered to grooms show that intentions are very serious. So she got a rather big amount of money. However, none of the visitors and have not left the farm. But Belle itself seen and it is often dug in a pen for pigs.
In 1908, Belle Ganness hired to help on the farm worker named Ray Lempfir. Ray passionately in love with his mistress and, according to rumors, was ready for her to commit any crime. Ray frightening jealous to her boyfriend Belle, and between working hostess and often flared scandals.
When tolerate antics became unbearably jealous, Belle Ray fired and publicly declared that the worker threatened to burn her house with her, and in this connection it would like to make a will in the name of children - in case anything should happen to her. Indeed, some time later the house flared.
Almost no one managed to escape from a fire trap: children's bodies were found in their beds, and bedroom Belle found the body of a woman without a head .... Coroners have carefully studied the remains and concluded that the body can not belong to Belle Ganness. But where has got a bloody farmer?
Not all the bridges burned
The police wanted to be sure that the corpse of a decapitated woman does not belong to Belle Ganness. Her dentist said that if the police could not find the ashes of Mrs. Ganness jaw, he could say for sure whether he belongs to it or not. The police succeeded: on the site burned down the house they dug up a few surviving crowns. The dentist carefully studied them and came to the conclusion that yes, they belong to Belle Ganness. After that, the police revised its decision and concluded that the found body still belongs to Belle.
Exploring the neighborhood, the police noticed the mysterious hole in the ground on the site of the pen with pigs. Take digging, they found about forty bodies of adults and children, which are hidden under the ground in different parts of the farm. Many of them have been identified - these were the suitors who so willingly privechala Belle.
deathbed confession Ray Lempfira
Ray Lempfira sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Belle Ganness. Ray admitted that he knew about the crimes of his beloved, and swore that Belle staged his own death, but in fact she was still alive. Ray said she invited the men into the house, they cook a good dinner and regaled coffee. Poisoned coffee. At times, if she had not strychnine, she killed them when they fell asleep, hit on the head with a candlestick.
Belle endured the body to the basement, deftly Burke (learned from butcher husband), and the remains were fed to pigs and buried them in a pen.
Belle Ganness have not found - all later attempts to enter the track of failed. Perhaps she had not just cranked his bloody scam, this time with other men, and in other places.