Ninety-nine years ago serial killer Belle Gunness met her own grisly fate.
DNA may now answer this century-old mystery. For years there were rumors that the most vile, crude, profligate murderess in Indiana's history got away. The remains of the woman thought to be Belle have now been unearthed from their burial place in Chicago and genes from those bones will be compared to DNA from an envelope known to have been sealed by Belle Gunness. The Indianapolis Star has the details in a nice long feature story. It seems fitting that as we near the century mark on her purported death that the case gets a firm ending after all, and another poignant touch is the use of an envelope. Did it contain one of the black widow's billets-doux? A larger question - will DNA wonders never cease?
For more Belle see The Mistress of Murder Hill: The Serial Killings of Belle Gunness by Sylvia Elizabeth Shepherd.