The story of Belle Gunness, born Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth in 1859, begins in her native Norway. Her career as a killer was apparently set in motion around age 18. According to one account, during her first pregnancy, she was attacked by a man at a country dance. The man kicked her in the abdomen, ultimately causing her to miscarry. Never prosecuted by Norwegian authorities, the man who attacked her died shortly afterwards of a reported stomach cancer.
My recent chat with author Janice Holly Booth regarding her recent book “A Voice out of Nowhere: Inside the mind of a mass murderer” left me a bit rattled. The thought that a psychopathic mass murderer could be living right next door to me in plain site and I wouldn’t even know it is the stuff of nightmares. This is the kind of thought that grabs hold of you and a bottle of Melatonin pills and perhaps even a couple of horse tranquilizers simply are simply no match for. So I decided to do a little Googling and see if I was just overthinking things. Clearly this was a bad idea.