Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago

Heartland Serial Killers Belle Gunness Johann Hoch and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago Lindberg an accomplished local historian and true crime writer presents a fascinating story of two contemporaneous serial killers both weaving marriage and murder in and around Chicago during the

  • Title: Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago
  • Author: Richard C. Lindberg
  • ISBN: 9780875804361
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lindberg, an accomplished local historian and true crime writer, presents a fascinating story of two contemporaneous serial killers, both weaving marriage and murder in and around Chicago during the 1890s and 1900s Johann Hoch was a debonair bigamist and wife killer who boasted of having perfected a scientific technique to romance and seduction Belle Gunness was a nestLindberg, an accomplished local historian and true crime writer, presents a fascinating story of two contemporaneous serial killers, both weaving marriage and murder in and around Chicago during the 1890s and 1900s Johann Hoch was a debonair bigamist and wife killer who boasted of having perfected a scientific technique to romance and seduction Belle Gunness was a nesting Black Widow whose sprawling farm in Northwest Indiana was a fatal lure for lonely bachelors seeking the comforts of middle age security by answering matrimonial advertisements placed by Gunness Notorious in his own day, Hoch had faded into the dark background of Chicago crime history But, in Heartland Serial Killers, Lindberg brings back vividly the horrors of one of Chicago s first celebrity criminals and uncovers new evidence of a close connection between Hoch and H.H Holmes, the Devil in the White City Unlike Hoch, Belle Gunness, likely the most prolific and infamous female serial killer of the 20th century, has remained fascinating to the public Here, Lindberg presents the most comprehensive and compelling study of the Gunness case to date, including new information regarding ongoing DNA testing of remains found at the site of Gunness s farm in LaPorte, Indiana, which may serve to resolve once and for all the mystery surrounding Gunness s death Told in alternating chapters and rapidly paced, this book is true crime at its best gripping, pulpy, and full of sharp historical tidbits True crime fans, history buffs, and those interested in local lore will delight in this chilling tale of two ruthless killers.

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    1. This book might as well have mentioned H.H. Holmes in the title too, since there's substantial coverage of his life and crimes in the story. I'm actually a bit troubled by what Mr. Lindberg has to say about Holmes, since a lot of it contradicts what I've read in the other two books I've read about him, Devil in the White City and Depraved. Is Lindberg making much out of nothing? Is he inaccurate or were the other authors wrong? Contradicting sources always bother me.Regards Hoch and Gunness, the [...]

    2. I found this book some time ago in a local bookstore specializing in mysteries and crime books. It was signed by the author and was about local, Chicago area, history so I picked it up. It's been sitting on my TR shelf for awhile so I thought I'd finally read it. I had no special interest in the subject other than my soft spot for the history of my home town, Chicago, and the fact that I spent a career in indigent criminal defense in this city. When I do find a book dealing with Chicago crime or [...]

    3. Famed Chicago historian Richard C. Lindberg has excavated the long-buried stories of Belle Gunness and Johann Hoch, two serial killers who preyed on the lovelorn during the closing years of the nineteenth century and the dawn of the twentieth. It’s a darkly fascinating look at a ruthless pair who profited from their respective marriage-murder sprees until the law caught up with one and fire destroyed the other… maybe.Belle Gunness was a homely middle-aged widow whose Northwest Indiana farm i [...]

    4. It was reflective and supplied historical facts about societical reactions to crime and its reporting in the news. It would be nice to say that things have changed and we have lost our intrique with horrific crimes, however, any news channel will confirm that we continue to find crime entertaining.

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