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Norwegian-born immigrant Belle Gunnes became one of America's most prolific serial killers.

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Belle Gunness

Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth was born in 1859 in Selbu, Norway. She emigrated to the USA in 1881 and became one of America’s most prolific serial killers. To attract her victims, she put personal advertisements in the newspapers requesting well-off gentlemen to write to her. She did not only kill for money because she also killed children, including her own.

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Writing

  1. Watch the Graveyard “murder mystery”. Is the female body in the grave that of Belle Gunness, along with her three children, or perhaps another woman who was victim to her killings? Forensic anthropologist Andi Simmons and a team from the University of Indianapolis dug up the graves in a Chicago cemetery to find out. Write a summary of the documentary.
  2. What would Belle Gunness’ Facebook profile look like? Who would be her friends? Which groups would she belong to? Which events would she subscribe to? Which books would she have as her favorites? Make her profile.

You will find a great deal of information about Belle Gunness on the Internet. Make a list of the sources you use and comment on their reliability.

More Immigrant Stories

  1. Ida Hansen emigrated from Norway in 1870 and established a magazine for Scandinavian women in America. Learn more about Ida Hansen.
  2. Oscar Arana emigrated from Nicaragua to America with his family. Listen to his story. From Nicaragua to the USA in Pursuit of a Dream?

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A nation of immigrants

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    Immigration and Population

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    Waves of Immigration

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    Melting Pot and Salad Bowl

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    On the Way to the Melting Pot

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    Norwegian Immigration

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    Immigrants and Refugees

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    Two Kinds (Short Story)

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    Carl Sandburg: Chicago

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    Native Americans Today

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    Native Americans - Forced Removal

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    Native Americans - The Trail of Tears

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    Tony's Story (Short Story)

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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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    The Bean Trees (Novel Excerpt)

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    The Last Leaf (Short Story)

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    The Kite Runner (Novel Excerpt)

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    Harrison Bergeron (Radio Play)

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    Easy text - Immigration and Population

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    Easy text - The Melting Pot

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    Ellis Island

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    African Americans Today

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    Easy text - Native Americans

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    Native Americans - Ancestral Voices

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    In Pursuit of a Dream

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    Million Dollar Baby (Film)

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    The Pursuit of Happyness (Film)

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