BUS STOP READS Are Short Quick Reads. BELLE GUNNESS: A TALE OF MURDER AND GREEDBelle Gunness was a Norwegian born serial killer in the U.S in the early 19th century. She preyed on lonely, wealthy men by placing ads in lonely hearts columns of newspapers.It is unknown exactly how many men she murdered, some suspect it may have been as many as 40 between the years 1884 and 1908 before she disappeared without a trace. Belle Gunness continues to fascinate the public to this very day. As recently as 2007, samples of DNA were tested to attempt to solve the mystery. Unfortunately, they were too damaged and minimalistic to give any answers.