More and more suitors came to Belle Gunness’ farm, looking for love; each of them disappearing without a trace. Belle was also ordering large trunks regularly and having them delivered to her house.
Belle became reclusive within her house, keeping her curtains drawn shut and her house dark. At night, she was seen by neighbors to be shoveling around in the pen with her pigs.
In December 1907, a bachelor from South Dakota named Andrew Helgelien, wrote to her. Belle was delighted. The two sent letters back and forth, until Andrew received this letter (found at Andrew’s farm) from Belle, dated January 13, 1908:
“To the Dearest Friend in the World: No woman in the world is happier than I am. I know that you are now to come to me and be my own. I can tell from your letters that you are the man I want. It does not take one long to tell when to like a person, and you I like better than anyone in the world, I know. Think how we will enjoy each other's company. You, the sweetest man in the whole world. We will be all alone with each other. Can you conceive of anything nicer? I think of you constantly. When I hear your name mentioned, and this is when one of the dear children speaks of you, or I hear myself humming it with the words of an old love song, it is beautiful music to my ears.
My heart beats in wild rapture for you, My Andrew, I love you. Come prepared to stay forever.”
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