Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

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Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men 

Hardcover – April 1, 2018

by Schechter, Harold

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.

“With riveting and thorough detail, Schechter tracks the mystery of Lamphere’s culpability in the arson and closes with a possibly related murder that took place decades after the 1908 house fire. True-crime fans will be hooked from the start.” —Publishers Weekly

“Featuring previously undiscovered details and rich historical context, this authoritative account firmly establishes Schechter as one of America’s leading crime chroniclers. A fascinating and dramatic page-turner that will be a new favorite among true-crime fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[Schechter’s] goal is to help us understand not just what his subjects did but also why they did what they did—what internal torments and psychological traits drove them to become brutal killers. A sharply written, compelling account from a proven winner.” —Booklist

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (April 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477808957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477808955
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds