In the fifth book of HELL HATH NO FURY, author Troy Taylor continues his series of titles that presents the "Spirits of Victims, Vengeance and Virtue"... a look at the dark side of women from the lingering ghosts of women who kill -- or have been killed. Veering between the worlds of the supernatural and true crime, each book will take readers on a horrifying journey in the minds and hearts of darkness.
HELL HATH NO FURY 5: “COME PREPARED TO STAY FOREVER”
THE MADNESS OF BELLE GUNNESS
In this installment of the popular series, author Troy Taylor takes readers back to the gaslight era as he uncovers the true story behind Belle Gunness, perhaps America’s most sinister and prolific female serial killer. From her origins in Norway to her days in Chicago and her final drama at an isolated farm in LaPorte, Indiana, the author uncovers her ghoulish legacy of crime, madness and murder. After poisoning her first husband in Chicago, Belle moved to Indiana, where she began a series of “lonely hearts” correspondences with bachelors and widowers across the Midwest. As one after another fell into her trap, their bodies were butchered and hidden away on her farm. Just how many men did Belle kill? What hold did she have over her hired hand and possible accomplice? And strangest of all, did she survive her purported death only to continue to kill in the years to come? Discover the horrors that lurked in plain sight on Belle’s Indiana farm and be chilled by the mystery, history and hauntings of this blood-soaked case in the strangest volume of the “Hell Hath No Fury” series to date!
Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian and the author of 86 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Ghost Society and the owner of the Illinois and American Hauntings Tour companies.
Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in "things that go bump in the night" at an early age and as a young man, developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois.
He began his first book in 1989, which delved into the history and hauntings of Decatur, Illinois, and in 1994, it spawned the Haunted Decatur Tour -- and eventually led to the founding of his Illinois Hauntings Tours (with current tours in Alton, Chicago, Decatur, Lebanon & Jacksonville) and the American Hauntings Tours, which travel all over the country in search of haunted places.
In 1996, Taylor organized a group of ghost enthusiasts into an investigation team and the American Ghost Society was launched, gained over 600 members in the years that followed. The organization continues today as one of America’s largest and most honored research groups.
In 1997, Taylor launched the Haunted America Conference, regarded as "America's Original Ghost Conference" in Decatur, Illinois. After a number of years in Alton, Illinois, the conference has returned to its original site at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur. The Haunted America Conference remains the most imitated conference in the country and in 2012, held the 16th annual events in Illinois.
In addition to the tour companies and Haunted America Conference, Taylor is also the founder of Whitechapel Press, a publishing company for books about the supernatural that he started in 1993, and Dark Haven Entertainment.
Along with writing about the unusual and hosting tours, Taylor is also a public speaker on the subject of ghosts and hauntings. has appeared in scores of newspaper and magazine articles about the subject and in hundreds of radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural. Troy has appeared in documentary productions for TLC, The History Channel, A & E, Discovery Channel, PBS, and many more! Troy currently resides in Illinois.