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Heartland Serial Killers

Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago
Narrated by: Bob Dio
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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Johann Hoch was a debonair bigamist and wife killer who boasted of having perfected a scientific technique to romance and seduction. Belle Gunness was a nesting Black Widow whose sprawling farm in Northwest Indiana was a fatal lure for lonely bachelors seeking the comforts of middle-age security by answering matrimonial advertisements placed by Gunness.

Notorious in his own day, Hoch had faded into the dark background of Chicago crime history. But, in Heartland Serial Killers, Richard Lindberg brings back vividly the horrors of one of Chicago's first celebrity criminals and uncovers new evidence of a close connection between Hoch and H.H. Holmes, the "Devil in the White City".

Unlike Hoch, Belle Gunness, likely the most prolific and infamous female serial killer of the 20th century, has remained fascinating to the public. Here, Lindberg presents the most comprehensive and compelling study of the Gunness case to date, including new information regarding ongoing DNA testing of remains found at the site of Gunness's farm in LaPorte, Indiana, which may serve to resolve once and for all the mystery surrounding Gunness's death.

Told in alternating sections and rapidly paced, this audiobook is true crime at its best - gripping, pulpy, and full of sharp historical tidbits. True crime fans, history buffs, and those interested in local lore will delight in this chilling tale of two ruthless killers.

The book is published by Northern Illinois University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2011 Northern Illinois University Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

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“Should appeal to both the general reader and the serious true crime aficionado.” (Rose Keefe, author of The Starker: Big Jack Zelig, the Becker-Rosenthal Case, and the Advent of the Jewish Gangster)

“This is a story you won’t soon forget.” (Elizabeth A. De Wolfe, author of The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories)

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Struggled through the whole audio book. listened to it till the very end and was disappointed.