Foreign Crimes

Oct 14, 2009
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January 25, 2009 Céline Jourdan, age 6, went missing from her home in the tiny village of La-Motte-du-Caire Homophobia had a field day at the trial of young Céline. by Anthony Davis One hot summer's evening in 1988, little Céline Jourdan went missing. Her father raised...
Oct 13, 2009
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December 02, 2007 Daisy de Melker, mugshot 1932 Daisy killed the old fashion way, with arsenic and strychnine. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins No one present at the birth of Daisy Louisa Hancorn-Smith had reason to believe that she would one day be famous or, for that matter,...
Oct 13, 2009
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October 07, 2007 Main street, village of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. It was here that Dr. Petiot murdered for the first time. Sixty-one years after Dr. Marcel Petiot, dubbed "Dr. Satan" by French newspapers, was guillotined for the murder of 26 people, he remains France's most...
Oct 13, 2009
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March 29, 2009 Wrongly accused? Omar Raddad stands outside the courthouse. French justice can be quite curious. After being pardoned but not exonerated in the murder of his employer, Omar Raddad risked being re-imprisoned by asking for a new trial to clear his name....
Sep 12, 2009
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June 1, 2009 Emilie Tanay by Anthony Davis Saturday, June 11, 1994 was to have been a foretaste of the summer vacation for the children of Gruchet-le-Valasse, a small town (pop. 2,700) in Normandy. Their school was organizing its traditional end-of-term fete and 9-year-...
Sep 12, 2009
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September 19, 2007 Updated June 22, 2009 Veronique Courjault Nine recent cases of infanticide in France are causing the French to ask what is it in their psyche that makes the nation's mothers kill their newborns. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins Infanticide is a crime no one...
Sep 11, 2009
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  Kinga Legg The murder of Polish millionairess Kinga Legg at the 5-star Le Bristol Hotel in Paris has been solved but her murderer may forever remain unpunished. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins In the language of luxury hotels, it was the quietest hour of the day: 8 p.m. The...
Apr 30, 2009
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May 20, 2008 Updated Nov. 23, 2010 Josef Fritzl, photographed just after his arrest Josef Fritzl locked his 18-year-old daughter Elisabeth in his cellar and raped her repeatedly for the next 24 years. She would bear him seven children, three of whom he moved upstairs to live...
Apr 30, 2009
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Grègory Villemin, age 4 The murder of little Grègory Villemin was one of the most mysterious and media-hyped criminal cases of the 20th century. During the 25 years since, the investigation has seen new and surprising developments, throwing light on numerous dysfunctions...
Apr 24, 2009
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(updated Nov. 15, 2010) Édouard Stern  French billionaire banker Édouard Stern, wearing a latex bodysuit, was shot dead in his luxury Geneva penthouse by his mistress, Cécile Brossard, for reneging on the $1 million he gave her.  by Marilyn Z. Tomlins It was...

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