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Movie about La Porte's Infamous Serial Killer

(La Porte, IN) - A movie is going to be filmed in the City of La Porte.  The film is about serial killer Belle Gunness, who murdered a number of men in La Porte over a century ago.


Michael Bernacchi, a representative from the production company, said part of the filming will be done on Crescent Drive near the Kesling School campus.  He asked that stretch of road be closed to limit noise during yesterday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.  His request to close the street for two or three days beginning April 27 was approved.


His grandfather was Angelo Bernacchi, the founder of Angelo Bernacchi Greenhouses in La Porte.  Bernacchi said his grandfather used to sell produce to Belle Gunness in the early 1900’s.


He said the movie is part fiction about his grandfather and Belle Gunness falling in love with

each other.  “So what I did is I fabricated a love story between Belle Gunness,  Belle Gunness’ foster daughter who happens to have the name Jenny Olson, and my grandfather.  So, there's a romantic subplot that kind of drives the whole storyline forward.  It's a whole different approach to the subject matter of Belle Gunness.  It’s been tried so many times before but it's the romantic subplot that really, really drives this story ahead,” he said.


Playing Belle Gunness in the movie is Tracy Lords.  She shot to fame as an actress in adult movies and later starred in mainstream films.

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