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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris - David King
Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
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Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with... show more
Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.   The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma.  He was the “People’s Doctor,” known for his many acts of kindness and generosity, not least in providing free medical care for the poor.  Petiot, however, would soon be charged with twenty-seven murders, though authorities suspected the total was considerably higher, perhaps even as many as 150.Who was being slaughtered, and why?  Was Petiot a sexual sadist, as the press suggested, killing for thrills?  Was he allied with the Gestapo, or, on the contrary, the French Resistance?  Or did he work for no one other than himself?  Trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness.  When Petiot was finally arrested, the French police hoped for answers. But the trial soon became a circus.  Attempting to try all twenty-seven cases at once, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, enjoying the spotlight, responded with astonishing ease.  His attorney, René Floriot, a rising star in the world of criminal defense, also effectively, if aggressively, countered the charges.  Soon, despite a team of prosecuting attorneys, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of evidence, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day.Drawing extensively on many new sources, including the massive, classified French police file on Dr. Petiot, Death in the City of Light is a brilliant evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307452900 (0307452905)
ASIN: 0307452905
Publisher: Broadway
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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I think I was hoping this would be written more like creative non fiction than it actually was.I had some trouble keeping the names and places straight which is obviously not the fault of the author. What was the fault of the author was the unnecessary tangents about what Simone de Beauvoir, Jean P...
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4.0 Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
A fascinating chronicle of the investigation, capture, and trial of Dr. Marcel Petiot, a serial killer convicted of the gruesome murders 26 people in Nazi-occupied Paris and probably responsible for the murder of many, many more. A great true crime story.
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4.0 Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
NO SPOILERS!!!ON COMPLETION:When you decided to read this book it is important to realize that this is a work of nonfiction. Although a verdict was reached at the trial, there remain numerous unanswered questions. The author has scrupulously investigated all the known facts and clearly presents them...
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