The Mistress of Murder Hill

The serial killings of Belle Gunness




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/26/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 268
ISBN : 9780759606654

About the Book

The Mistress of Murder Hill is the story of one of the most horrifying she-devils in the history of the world. Her crimes are as terrible today as they were in l908, when the morbid curiosity of the world was focused on an Indiana farm town where a woman named Belle Gunness planted bodies like rosebushes. This is also the story of how the actual murders, gruesome as they were, became secondary to a deeper mystery that haunted all who came near it for decades. It was the possible solution of that mystery, which inspired the author to begin the research on this book and the actual solution that enabled her to finish it. The story contains all the elements of human nature that remain unchanging through the years--the search for romance through classified ads, the blood money lust that grows with success, the politics of criminal cases, and the perversity of juries. The story of Belle Gunness remains vivid to the people of LaPorte, Indiana, where the county historical society maintains an excellent exhibit about the case and where the author received seven of the photographs contained here.

About the Author

The author is a former reporter and editor for The Chicago Tribune. Before leaving the Tribune, she was editor of the Educational Services Department, where she researched and wrote many tabloid-sized textbook supplements on a variety of subjects from crime to American history. Turning to free-lance writing, she continued to do supplements for the Tribune and was associate editor, researcher, and writer for booklets issued by Empak Publishing Company in Chicago. She has been a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops on the editorial aspects of newspaper use in schools. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in journalism and English and also worked as a reporter and feature writer for The Indianapolis Star. Her hometown is LaPorte, Indiana.