Belle Gunness Born: 1859; Died: 1908
Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. Standing 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and weighing in at over 200 lbs. (91 kg), she was an imposing and powerful woman of Norwegian descent.
It is likely that she killed both her husbands and all of her children at different times, but it is certain that she murdered most of her suitors, boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. The motive was greed, pure and simple; life insurance policies and assets stolen or swindled from her suitors became her source of income.
Most reports put her death toll at more than 20 victims over several decades, with some claiming in excess of 100 people. Inconsistencies during her post mortem examination; the corpse was reported to be two inches shorter than Belle’s six feet, paved the way for Belle Gunnes to enter American criminal folklore, a female Bluebeard.