Henri Desire Landru, the ‘The French Bluebeard’ who killed eleven women who he met via the lonely hearts advertisements in the Paris newspapers, was found guilty of these murders on 1 December 1921 and was sentenced to be executed.
Here is a newspaper story from 2 December 1921 that reports on the trial of Landru – spookily, the newspapers reported that Landru had ‘hypnotic eyes’. Hmm.
Landru’s story was the inspiration for the Charlie Chaplin film, ‘Monsieur Verdoux’.
Western Times – Friday 2 December 1921
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The Sunday Post – Sunday 6 November 1921
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