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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.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The book and story where fine. I think I was hoping for more. And more excitement it left me wanting more of the story.

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wonderful

I highly recommend anything by Harold Schechter! He is a wonderful story teller. His use of historical documents is unparalleled.

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Good beginning, drags toward the end.

I love history, throw in true crime and I'm hooked. The author held my attention but half way through the trial I got bored and my mind started to wander. Not good! I had to relisten to parts where I just didn't pay attention because I was bored. I hope someone else enjoys it more.

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Lost horror story

Very interesting detailed account of what was the greatest true crime story of its day. Amazing to think that this case was a point of fascination the world over at the time, and yet is rarely discussed today. Schechter does a workmanlike, journalist’s job of reporting every detail and probably repeats himself a bit too often, but those readers who just can’t resist a tale of this kind won’t be put off. Gunness was a beast, a sadistic serial killer of the worst kind, killing mostly for money, sometimes for convenience, and doubtless for pleasure. The fact that her bestiality is so at odds with the polite manners and genteel images of womanhood of the early 20th century, adds a cringeworthy flavor of misogyny to the contemporary comments re the case. On the 6cat scale of true crime literature, this gets a hearty rating of EEK.

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Editor should be fired

More than half of this should have been cut and the interesting bits were glossed over. The author did what all good researchers do - delight in the minutia. This is where good editing comes in.