Belle Sorenson Gunness (born as Brynhild Paulsdatter Strseth; November 11, 1859, Selbu, Norway April 28, 1908?, La Porte, Indiana) was a Norwegian-American serial killer. Standing five feet and eight inches (173 cm) tall and weighing over 200 pounds (91 kg), she was a physically strong woman. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables, and eliminating witnesses. Reports estimate that she killed between 25 and 40 people over several decades. Gunness' origins are a matter of some debate. Most of her biographers state that she was born on November 11, 1859, near the lake of Selbu, Sr-Trndelag, Norway, and christened Brynhild Paulsdatter Strset. Her parents were Paul Pedersen Strset (a stonemason) and Berit Olsdatter.
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