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Belle Gunness

This portrait of Belle Gunness shows her with children she killed.

LaPORTE — A television series that's in the works will recount the story of a LaPorte woman who's believed to have murdered more than two dozen people a century ago.

SERA Films has optioned Harold Schecter's bestseller "Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men" for a limited television series adaptation.

The Indianapolis Star reports actor Joseph Cross and SERA Films founder Austin Francalancia are developing and producing the series.

Francalancia, who's a Warsaw, Indiana, native, says they've identified 10 actors who could portray Belle Gunness.

The native of Norway moved to LaPorte in the early 1900s and used lonely hearts ads to lure wealthy men to her farm, where she robbed, poisoned and dismembered them.

Gunness' victims were discovered after a 1908 fire destroyed her LaPorte farmhouse.

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