by John Hoff
Normally this blog doesn't feel a need to go back and cover old North Minneapolis stories. There are enough stories in the present, and too little time to cover them. But the surname "Bell" came up recently, and somebody pointed me in the direction of another person named Bell, a reputed North Minneapolis prostitute who died at the hands of a serial killer.
Good heavens. I never knew North Minneapolis ever HAD a serial killer...
But we did, if by "serial" one means "four." Not very impressive by serial killer standards, but that's certainly a good thing.
Mark Anthony Profit killed three women and one man, but the man was a 21-year-old transsexual. Click here for some, not all, of an old newspaper article. Due to being a bona fide serial killer, Profit receives a special engraved beer mug (I'm kidding) and his own entry in Murderpedia. (That last part is real, click here)
As for the part about Renee Bell, for that's who I'm focused upon, here's the graphic facts about her death as outlined in an appeal Profit filed in the Minnesota court system.
As for Mark Anthony Profit, he died in prison. From what I can find online, it appears there are no photographs of him on the internet. If anybody possesses a photo of Mark Anthony Profit, preferably an old mug shot that's clearly identifiable, I'd like to publish that image to help fill in the blanks of public knowledge. For that matter, I do not have any photo of Profit's victim, Renee Bell, nor any of the other victims. The murders happened prior to the rise of the internet, and therefore are not documented too well in the digital age. Again, if anybody has a photo...
As for the connection that brought me here, this blog has no solid proof Renee Bell is related to anybody else connected to North Minneapolis and named "Bell." If I get proof like that, I'll be revisting the topic and linking to this blog posting.