This week’s case takes to the brink of war. The assassination of a newspaper director by the wife of a minister could have historical and world-wide implications. We’re looking at the assassination of Gaston Calmette by Henriette Caillaux.Continue reading “Episode 13: The assassination of Gaston Calmette by Henriette Caillaux”
Episode 12 takes 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.Continue reading “Episode 12: Joseph Vacher”
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?Continue reading “Episode 11: Mata Hari”
Our 10th episode takes us to a small town South of Bordeaux called Langon. 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?Continue reading “Episode 10: Murder at Langon”
Episode 9: Gilles de Rais, a 15th century nobleman from Britany that has everything going for him: he’s extremely rich, he owns large parts of France and Britany, he’s a brave knight, and he fights alongside Jeanne of Arc. But he’s accused of having killed hundreds of children and has become in the popular psyche the ogre “blue beard”.Continue reading “Episode 9: Gilles de Rais”
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.Continue reading “Episode 8: the disappearance of Louis Le Prince”
Lea and Christine, two sisters, murdered their employers in the most grusome and sadistic way. In this episode we’re looking at the murder and the sisters’ trial.Continue reading “Episode7: the Papin Sisters”
In 1923, Pierre Quéméneur disappears on a trip to Paris with Guillaume Seznec to sell Cadillac cars left by the Americans after WWI to the USSR. His body is never found and follows a century of intrigue.
Hairy hands, Cadillacs, and murder.Continue reading “Episode 6: the Seznec affair”
Our 5th episode takes us to Paris before WWI. A gang, “La bande a Bonnot” terrorises Paris with their violent, often deadly, robberies.
Bonus this episode: a Sherlock Holmes connection.Continue reading “Episode 5: La Bande a Bonnot”
For this 4th episode, we look at Landru, often considered the first French serial killer.
Landru is said to have killed at least 11 women, possibly 12, within a few years just after WWI.Continue reading “Episode 4: The first French Serial Killer”