Sisters gouge employers’ eyes before killing and mutilating them, ostensibly after being attacked for blowing an electric fuse

February 2, 1933Le Mans, FranceSisters Christine (27) and Léa (21) Papin kill and mutilate two of their employers Christine and Léa had begun working for the Lancelin family — René, Léonie, and their adult daughter Geneviève — in 1926 as live-in maids. Seven years later, they killed Léonie and Geneviève. On the evening of February…

Mass-poisoner executed

February 26, 1852* Rennes, France Hélène Jégado is executed for murder * Note: the exact date of Jégado’s execution seems to be up for debate, with sources claiming either February 26 or 27, 1852, March 1852, or December 1851. For this entry, I chose to use the date listed in Fatal Violence: Case Studies and…

Woman drowns toddler to “prove” love

November 8, 1954 Vendôme, Centre-Val de Loire Denise Labbé (20) drowns her 2-year-old daughter Catherine to “prove” her love to her lover Labbé was a single mother when she began a relationship with 24-year-old Jacques Algarron. The relationship reportedly had strong and unhealthy Dominant/submissive overtones, including Algarron allegedly coercing Labbé into sleeping with other men…

The assassination of Good King Henri

May 14, 1610 Paris, Kingdom of France King Henri IV, also known as “Henri the Good,” is assassinated François Ravaillac was a Catholic zealot and is suspected by some modern historians to have been schizophrenic. He had previously attempted to petition Henri, who had converted to Catholicism in 1593, on several occasions to exile or…