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Wicked Wednesday: Belle Gunnes in Music

May 22nd, 2013

Belle Gunness and her eccentric hobbies has caught the imagination of many artists. She has starred in movies, books and songs over the last hundred years. Below is a popular folk song about the Mistress of Murder Hill:

Belle Gunnes

Belle Gunness was a lady fair,
In Indiana State
She weighted about three hundred pounds,
And that is quite som weight.

That she was stronger than a man
Her neighbors all did own;
She butchered hogs right easily,
And did it all alone.

But hogs were just a sideline
She indulged in now and then;
Her favorite occupation
Was a-butchering of men.

There’s red upon the Hoosier moon
For Belle was strong and full of doom;
And think of all those Norska men
Who’ll never see St. Paul again.


Belle Gunnes with her first husband; Mads Sorenson, who conveniently died from “enlarged heart” on the very day that his two life insurance policies overlapped…


Here’s another song, this one from 2008 (Belle Gunness apparently has no expiration date):


Source, song lyrics: Tender Murderers: Women Who Kill by Trina Robbins

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