As it’s the height of summer, in Episode 14 we’ll be looking at the murder of a high profile, English Chemist and his family whilst on holiday. Was it a spur of the moment act, or a pre-planned mission masterminded from behind the iron curtain?
The assassination of Gaston Calmette by Henriette Caillaux
On the 28th July 1914, the French finance minister’s wife is acquitted of the murder of the director of the Figaro, one of the largest newspapers in the country. On the same day, the first world war starts.
Episode 12 will take us to the South-East of France, where some murders occur without even a suspect being identified. The murders are particularly gruesome, with what appears to be ritualistic mutilations. One instructing judge will have a stroke of genius and develop the first profile to catch the killer.
The week’s podcast is a high profile, lady of mystery that finds herself on two sides of the “war to the end all wars”. She criss-crossed the battle lines, hoping from bed to bed indulging in pillow talk with high profile, powerful figures, including the French minister of war. Mata Hari, an exotic South East Asian mystery, that was a fiction of a European woman who got herself in to hot water, and lost her life because of supposed carnal appetites. But did she really indirectly cause the death of thousands of men?
Our 10th episode will take us back to a less historical case: in 1907, Jean-Théodore Monget, an insurance company employee with a quiet life and a family, disappears without a trace whilst running an errand for his employer. The police considers all possibilities: suicide, voluntary disappearance, accident. Or is it murder?
Our 9th episode next weeknd will take us back to the 15th century when Gilles de Rais, a rich nobleman from Britany, is accused of having killed 140 children “or more”.
Our 8th episode, researched by Melanie, looks at the vanishing on the 16th September 1890 of one of the most important, but not very well known, people in the history of cinema : Louis Le Prince, the inventor of the movie camera.
Our 7th episode will take us to Le Mans (that of the 24 hours) in 1933. Two sisters, Lea and Christine, murder their employers in the most gory and sadistic way.
Episode 6 will take us to Britany for one of the most famous murder stories in recent French history: the Seznec affair where Guillaume Seznec is accused of having killed Pierre Quéméneur, his business partner, and hidden his body.
Our 5th episode will take us to Paris where an infamous gang, “la bande à Bonnot”, aka Bonnot’s gang, murders and pillages the streets of Paris for a couple of years.
The gang is significant because they are the first ones to use cars in their crimes.