Nebraska is an ideal place to live, work, play, and explore…but it’s not without some dark spots in its history. A truly evil serial killer once lurked in a small town, picking off her very own family one by one.
Della Sorenson committed these horrific murders over the course of five years, escaping detection for far too long. She was only investigated after she poisoned two young relatives with strychnine-laced candy and they survived. She immediately confessed to the crimes, showing no sorrow whatsoever.
Police and doctors found Sorenson to be mentally ill. Rather than facing trial for her crimes, she was committed to the Hastings State Hospital, where she died 16 years later at the age of 44.
Della Sorenson’s crimes were committed long ago, but she wasn’t the first serial killer in Nebraska. That dubious title went to a man who began killing 40 years earlier – read his story here.
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