Foreign Crimes

Oct 26, 2009
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Updated March 9, 2010 Treiber Police Photo Awaiting trial for murder, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Treiber goes on the run and makes the police look like idiots. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins Before the invention of television, head hunters rode on horseback into dusty towns and in...
Oct 14, 2009
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March 8, 2009 The Durban Castle Steamship Dubbed "The Porthole Murder Case" by the British tabloids, a steward was sentenced to hang for the disappearance at sea of an aspiring actress. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins At noon, shining Chevrolets and Fords began pulling up...
Oct 14, 2009
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February 9, 2009 Courtroom sketch of Elisabeth Cons-Boutboul The murder trial of Elisabeth Cons-Boutboul drew together the Paris smart set, the horse-racing fraternity, the underworld and the Roman Catholic Church. It was a case of lies, cynicism, make-believe and...
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...

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