August 4, 1952
Lurs, France
Sir Jack Drummond, his wife Anne, and their 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth are killed while vacationing

Drummond, a biochemist, had been instrumental in WWII, ensuring nutritional guidelines were met in rations. On the evening of August 4, 1952, the family pulled their car to the side of the road; their bodies were found the next day by a passing motorist. Sir and Mrs. Drummond had been shot with an M1 carbine while Elizabeth’s head had been smashed with the rifle’s butt.

The owner of the farm near the murder scene, Gaston Dominici, was arrested and questioned at length for the murders. He was found guilty and sentenced to death by guillotine, but public outcry at the mishandling of the investigation, questioning, and trial led to his sentence being commuted to life imprisonment. In 1959 Dominici was released on “humanitarian grounds” but was not pardoned nor given a retrial as requested. He died on April 4, 1965. Alain Dominici, who was a baby at the time of the murders, has spent his life trying to clear his grandfather’s name.

The locations of the bodies are marked, from left to right: man, car, woman, little girl

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