Book Reviews

Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 318
Genre: True Crime, Biography
Publish: Apr. 1st, 2018
Rating: 2.5 stars


In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn’t merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They’d been butchered.

Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter’s gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery—and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.


First off has anyone had a book on their kindle and it had show media? This is the first book I’ve had that did this. I felt like Hogwarts. The pictures move!!!

Now the review:

When asking most people, they never heard of Belle Gunness. I first heard of her through a WatchMojo Top 10s. I can’t fully remember how I came across this book but I decided to give it a try.

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

This story dragged on for me. I would think I would be getting closer to the end look at my page and notice I wasn’t even at half way point. I’m not a big fan of the writing style either.

This story didn’t fully kept me captivated nor did I want to DNF. I auto piloted through some of the chapters. Others the writing sounded ridiculous and I rolled my eyes to the back of my head.

Before I even got to the half way mark, I wanted this book done. I just wanted it to be done so I could write my full review and post it. I no longer cared about Belle Gunness and her murder farm. I no longer cared if she was dead or alive or anything. I wanted the book to be done. I did not want to DNF it because I actually did want to see how the write got to 318 pages of this boring tale he was weaving. I should have realized that the feeling I had in chapter one would plague me throughout the whole book.

Now I’m here adding to my “meh” pile. The pile of books that I’ll be lucky if I can even remember if I read it or not when seeing the book in the future.

To be honest I skimmed through the rest of this book. I just wanted it finished so I could move on to books I wanted to read.