Contrary to myth, Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin did not invent the decapitation instrument that bears his name. Decapitation machines were used long before he was born.
Marcel Petiot was a physician, the mayor of his town, a hero of the French Resistance and an extremely prolific serial killer. Petiot – -and several who aided him — were apprehended on March 17, 1944.
The prime suspect in a murder case was released from prison to await trial because the court failed to respond to his faxed request for release in a timely fashion — they ran out of fax toner.
The case reads almost like a plot taken from a film noire: A woman is tortured by two men for information. She breaks. They seem to share a moment of intimacy, one assailant kisses her. She uses his his kiss to exact her revenge. Only in Paris.
Con man, jewel thief, drug dealer and serial murderer Sobraj did it all for a life of adventure and intrigue — and ultimately became a media celebrity.
A girl, 14, in Florensac, France, was reportedly being sexually abused by her father over the course of many months, with no help from the system in sight. But not unlike film heroine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the smart kid eventually put a stop to the abuse by filming it with her web cam.
The body of a suicidal OCD sufferer was found hanging in his pristine apartment eight years later, and in perfect condition too.
It’s pretty clear that parents can do some really callous, cruel and evil things to their children, and that the young age of a child will not always save them from the ones whose role it is to protect and raise them. This story, however, takes the cake. Not only in forcing us to ask how a mother cold do such a thing, but also how in the world could it have happened during a supervised jail visit?
South African performance artist Steven Cohen seems to be living in Paris, France, these days and is feeling pulled between the two countries, according to his lawyer, so he decided to put on a performance at the Eiffel Tower to evoke his crisis. The performance instead seems to have evoked calling the police and getting Cohen hauled out of there.
The director speaks to Vanity Fair about his years before his 2009 Swiss arrest, the years since, and feeling blamed by the public for the murder of wife Sharon Tate.