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Dr Marcel Petiot made himself a rich man, in the German-occupied Paris of the early 1940s, thanks to a series of murders. In particular, he assassinated Jews and other “undesirables” who were being pursued by the Nazis. He promised them an escape from France and a voyage to South America. Then he robbed them, and caused their journeys to end at the bottom of a lime-pit in the garage of his townhouse in an upscale Parisian neighborhood—or, when the pit got full, in a stove in his basement. The indictment on which Petiot was tried, after the war, accused him of 27 killings. But how many people did he actually murder? Above all, how was he able to keep his ghastly business going for so long without being discovered—let alone punished? This dubious physician—former Mayor and municipal councilor of the town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne—had a long criminal past. He probably committed his first murder in 1926. Who protected him? What were his connections to the French police, and then to the Gestapo? How did he fit into the complicated, competitive relationship between the collaborationist French Gestapo and the German Gestapo? Official investigations have remained silent on those subjects. This book by Jean-François Dominique caused a sensation when it was published in France—but certain forces were still powerful enough to prevent the full story from coming out. The evidence surrounding this case has been badly compromised, but M. Dominique’s book probably comes as close to the truth as we will ever get. Jean-François Dominique was a noted French journalist and Communist Party activist. During the Occupation, he participated in the Resistance; after the war, he reported on many well-known criminal and civil trials, including that of Dr Petiot. Joseph Dobrian (translator) is an American journalist and novelist. His published works include the novels Willie Wilden and Ambitions, and the best-selling collection of essays, Seldom Right But Never In Doubt.
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Book Description Rex Imperator, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Joseph Dobrian (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0983557241