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”

England · Female Killers · France · Newspaper clippings

The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890

From The Illustrated Police News Published June 19, 1890 The Illustrated Police News published interesting, sensational, and often exaggerated or fabricated news from 1864 to 1938. Its signature was an illustrated cover designed to attract readers. From left to right, top to bottom: A husband and wife duo, John and Mary Jane Duckworth Pickavance, shot… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890

Female Killers · France · Political

Woman assassinates French political theorist in bath

July 13, 1793 Paris, France Charlotte Corday assassinates Jean Paul Marat as he bathes Marat, an outspoken leader of the French Revolution, was targeted by Corday because of his role in the September Massacres. (Marat and others encouraged the executions of 1200-1400 prisoners so they could not escape.) Corday also believed his death would halt… Continue reading Woman assassinates French political theorist in bath

Famous Last Words · France

FLW: Nostradamus predicts own death

Famous Last Words Michel de Nostredame (known by his Latinized name Nostradamus) Salon-de-Provence, Provence, France July 2, 1566 "You will not find me alive at sunrise." Nostradamus, famed astrologer and author of 942 poetic quatrains which supposedly predicted the future, had been inflicted with gout during the last few years of his life. In 1566,… Continue reading FLW: Nostradamus predicts own death

Executions · France · Newspaper clippings

Man executed by guillotine; reporter describes execution in detail

June 18, 1898 Paris, France Xavier-Ange Carrara is executed by guillotine for the robbing, murdering, and burning the body of Augustin Lamarre, a collection clerk Carrara's execution was a gruesome affair, as executions by guillotine were known to be. A newspaper article described the events in vivid detail: What followed beggars description. The executioner and… Continue reading Man executed by guillotine; reporter describes execution in detail