France · Political

The assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia, one of the first assassinations captured on film

October 9, 1934 Marseille, France King Alexander I of Yugoslavia is assassinated Alexander I had been the King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes from 1921 to 1929, until Alexander changed the kingdom’s name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Just before his assassination, he had arrived in France to strengthen the countries’ alliance and was being… Continue reading The assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia, one of the first assassinations captured on film

France · Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings

Teen shoots self after 2-day shooting spree which left 13 others dead

September 24, 1994 Cuers, France 16-year-old Éric Borel kills himself after a two-day killing spree which left 13 others dead and 6 wounded Borel began his attack at home on September 23, shooting his stepfather, 11-year-old stepbrother, and mother with a .22-caliber hunting rifle. After shooting his stepfather and stepbrother, he bludgeoned both with a… Continue reading Teen shoots self after 2-day shooting spree which left 13 others dead

France

Family of 3 murdered while vacationing

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… Continue reading Family of 3 murdered while vacationing

France · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion

The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the… Continue reading The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”