Executions · France

Man executed for promising Jews safe passage out of Nazi-occupied France, then murdering them to steal their possession

May 25, 1946 Paris, France Dr. Marcel Petiot is executed for murdering Jews he claimed he was helping escape from Nazi-occupied France Petiot’s past was dotted with various misdeeds, including the possible murder of his lover, insurance fraud, purposefully giving his patients unnecessary addictive substances to keep them as repeat customers, and embezzling from a… Continue reading Man executed for promising Jews safe passage out of Nazi-occupied France, then murdering them to steal their possession

France · Serial Killers

Serial killer Henri Désiré Landru born

April 12, 1869 Paris, France Serial killer and bluebeard Henri Désiré Landru is born Landru made a career being bluebeard, a man who repeatedly kills his wives or lovers, named after an old French folktale. He would publish lonely hearts ads seeking widows; World War I-era France had no shortage of widows. He would seduce… Continue reading Serial killer Henri Désiré Landru born

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Conductor dies of gangrene after wounding own foot with conducting staff

March 22, 1687 Paris, France Conductor Jean-Baptiste Lully dies of gangrene after wounding his own foot while conducting Lully’s misfortune happened as he conducted a Te Deum, a hymn of praise, performed to celebrate the Louis XIV’s recent recovery from an illness. At the time, conductors did not wave a baton in the air to… Continue reading Conductor dies of gangrene after wounding own foot with conducting staff

Executions · Famous Last Words · France · Political · Religion

FLW: cursing the king and the pope before being burned at the stake

Famous Last Words Jacques de Molay Paris, France March 18, 1314 “Let evil swiftly befall those who have wrongly condemned us - God will avenge us.” Molay (sometimes spelt Molai) was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. His execution was the result of a long path between the King of France and the… Continue reading FLW: cursing the king and the pope before being burned at the stake