According to CNN today is the 100th anniversary of the presumed death of Belle Gunness. Gunness is one of the most well known women serial killers having claimed between 25-33 lives. She would lure men with personal ads and take them for what they were worth, and she would murder them of course.
According to the article “many locals believed Gunness staged her death in a farmhouse fire 100 years ago to cover up years spent poisoning and dismembering more than two dozen people.” The exact number of victims isn’t known because a proper search wasn’t performed at the farmhouse owned by Gunness. The coroner declared Gunness dead after her dentures were found in the fire debris two weeks later. The only problem? The dentures were intact and showed no signs of fire damage.
Did she fake her own death? Did she pay someone to stage the fire and then leave her dentures as “proof” of her death? Did she continue her killing spree in another state or town? Forensic anthropologist Andi Simmons hopes to get to the bottom of this 100 year old mystery and perhaps close the book on the rumors and stories that surround “Lady Bluebeard.”