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Strange Country Ep. 212: Belle Gunness

Strange Country

Release Date: 11/18/2021

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Dashounds and Readers! Ever wonder what to do if your husband dies and you have a farm to keep up? If you’re Belle Gunness, you are glad for the extra hog food, and excited to hop onto the 1900’s version of Tinder—the newspaper want ads! If only her suitors had FB; they may have been a little more cautious. But alas it was that er-ah when times were tough and a woman could quite literally get away with murder.

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Dashounds and Readers! Ever wonder what to do if your husband dies and you have a farm to keep up? If you’re Belle Gunness, you are glad for the extra hog food, and excited to hop onto the 1900’s version of Tinder—the newspaper want ads! If only her suitors had FB; they may have been a little more cautious. But alas it was that er-ah when times were tough and a woman could quite literally get away with murder. Join Beth and Kelly as we dive into Belle’s story - and try to figure out why this woman did what she did. Spoiler alert: you will never know! And important pre-listening info! Kelly did find the “story of Bell’s attack” in a legit source. Check the biblio! Thanks always for listening!

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