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Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men [Kindle… (original: 2018; edição: 2018)

de Harold Schechter (Autor)

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"A deeply researched and morbidly fascinating chronicle of one of America's most notorious female killers." --The New York Times Book Review An Amazon Charts bestseller. In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana "murder farm." Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn't merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They'd been butchered. Hell's Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter's gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery--and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.… (mais)
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Título:Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men [Kindle in Motion]
Autores:Harold Schechter (Autor)
Informação:Little A (2018), 336 pages
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Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men de Harold Schechter (2018)

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Schecter relays the fascinating and twisted facts of the Belle Gunness case, letting the reader come to their own conclusion. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Feb 1, 2021 |
A biographical account about Belle Gunness, a serial killer between 1902 to 1908. Also known as Hell’s Belle, she has approximately 28 dead men to her credit.

Belle would advertise for a hired hand to work on her Indiana farm. She preferred “immigrants” with no families. She would con them out of their money, then poison, murder, butcher and bury them.

Her violent life didn’t come to light until her farm burnt down and there was a search for her and her three children's bodies. Instead, the searchers found the remains of the men she killed and buried under her pig pens…in pieces.

A bit of a grisly tale, but based on Schechter’s deep research into the publications of the era and other items he found. It isn’t just a true crime work, but also a mystery of what happened to Belle and her children after the fire.

Author Harold Schechter has written a number of books telling of true life serial killers. If True Crime is your genre, you can’t go wrong reading this book. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Apr 5, 2020 |
Belle Gunness lived on a farm in La Porte, IN. When she and her young children died in a horrific fire, her fellow townspeople unearthed 28 bodies on her farm that she had dismembered and buried. It came to light that she was advertising for help on her farm (suggesting marriage), asking the men to bring cash or getting insurance policies, and then murdering them for the money. The gruesome and physical way she murdered these men coupled with the sheer number of men (and some of her adopted children) that she murdered, make her one of the most notorious female serial killers.

[[Harold Schechter]] goes through what is known of Belle's life chronologically, using newspaper accounts. He then covers the trial of the man who was convicted of setting Belle's house on fire. He also delves into the sensationalism surrounding the story. While many lament the 24 hour news cycle and voyeurism that are part of life today, it certainly was happening 100 years ago as well. Over 10,000 people showed up at the Gunness farm as the bodies were being unearthed to watch!

The story was interesting, but I'd say the book itself is just ok. The writing style got a little tedious for me - I felt the author relied a little too heavily on using newspaper articles and interviews. It was neat in a way to read contemporary accounts, but it tended to interrupt the flow of the narrative. ( )
  japaul22 | Sep 4, 2019 |
I was really disappointed in Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. The book is a matter-of-fact retelling of the Belle Guinness story, based on newspaper reporting and historical records, and that's as far as it goes.

Oddly, the actual discussion of the murders is a relatively short portion of the book and speeds by with little detail. The balance of the book discusses the aftermath and the trial of the man who was charged with setting a fire that ended the murder spree.

While I understand that no author who investigates a historical mystery can travel back and discover new facts and clues, I was disappointed that there was almost no discussion of how modern science and investigation techniques might reveal at least some answers to this mystery. ( )
  BrannonSG | Apr 7, 2019 |
Belle Gunness, a Norwegian-American serial killer, may have killed as many as 40 people between the years 1884 and 1908. When the Gunness farmhouse in La Porte, Indiana burned to the ground in April 1908, her crimes were literally unearthed. Mainly men were lured to her home, then never seen again. An interesting (and disturbing) account of Belle and her horrific crimes. Some things that I felt were missing from the story: 1). Detail of the evidence that the woman near the end of the book was not Belle. 2). Investigation into disappearances of women before the fire at Belle's house - did another women fitting her description disappear? - the body (if not Belle's) had to come from somewhere? 3) a detailed list of her known victims and a bit about them would have been a good addition 4) where were the photographs? I was disappointed that not one photograph was included. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Sep 8, 2018 |
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Hell’s Princess is an excellent, spellbinding read. Schechter is a master storyteller and a true ethnographer of the old Midwest.... The great revelation in Hell’s Princess is how long-lasting the Gunness case has proven to be. Since Gunness’ corpse contained no head and seemed to have shrunk a great deal, people immediately began suggesting that the infamous killer had faked her own death. Schechter concedes that this may very well have happened, although the most tantalizing case of a post-1908 sighting of Gunness has already been disproven. Still, Hell’s Princess ends on a mysterious note, suggesting that the full truth about “Lady Bluebeard” is not known and may never be known.
 
In this depraved story of sex, deception, greed, and murder, a veteran true-crime writer offers the first definitive history of Belle Gunness (circa 1859-1908), the most prolific female serial killer in American history.... A fascinating and dramatic page-turner that will be a new favorite among true-crime fans.
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Schechter (Man-Eater) recounts the horrifying murders committed by Belle Gunness, who lured approximately 28 men to their deaths on her Indiana farm in the early 20th century.... True-crime fans will be hooked from the start.
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"A deeply researched and morbidly fascinating chronicle of one of America's most notorious female killers." --The New York Times Book Review An Amazon Charts bestseller. In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana "murder farm." Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn't merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They'd been butchered. Hell's Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter's gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery--and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.

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