02/15/11 “The Gunness Mystery”, a historical documentary on the life of infamous LaPorte serial killer Belle Gunness, will be shown at Miller’s Senior Living Community on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The documentary is approximately 40 minutes long with a questions and answer time following.
The documentary was produced by LaPorte County residents Bruce Johnson and Stephen Ruminski. “The Gunness Mystery” details the life of one of the most prolific female serial killers in history. In the late 1800’s, Belle Gunness emigrated from a small town in Norway to the bustling city of Chicago. Following the death of her first husband, she moved several of her foster children to a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Belle began reaching out to men across the Midwest through a series of want ads in Scandinavian newspapers. Those who answered the ads were promised a bright future as a partner in her farm. They were also told to sell their belongings, bring only cash, and not tell anyone where they were going. Those who came were never seen again.
High school teacher, Bruce Johnson has been researching the Belle Gunness story for many years, partly because of his interest in local history and his Scandinavian heritage. He and writer, director and editor, Stephan Riminski will be available after the documentary viewing to answer questions. This documentary viewing is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken. For more information call 574-936-9801 and ask for Anna Corbett or Cindy Flagg.