This article will be covering the victims of Marcel Petiot – a man once thought to be a kind soul and a hero, who would provide free care for the poor, and work his hardest to get you out of German occupied Paris during the Second World War…
Holding Out For a Hero…
Marcel Andre Henri Felix Petiot (what an awesome name!) was considered a local hero during the time of the Second World War.
He was a doctor that opted to provide extremely cheap medical services for those who needed them, and he worked along side the French resistance.
During this time with the resistance, he is thought to have helped dozens of persecuted Jews get out of the country.
He didn’t charge much for his medical services – but because of this he was extremely popular. This meant money – and lot’s of it!
He was eventually able to purchase a top notch property at 21 Rue Le Sueur – a part of Paris where all the ‘top dogs’ lived.
He built his own personal laboratory within this property’s walls…
On Saturday, March the 11th, 1944, one of Petiot’s neighbors was overcome by a foul stench and smoke, pouring out of the doctor’s chimney.
They went around to the house to complain, but found a note stating that the good doctor was away from the property for a month.
The smell was so bad, and the smoke was so severe, that they decided to contact the police, in case the house became a danger to the street.
The police arrived but they struggled to gain access to the location – so they called in the fire brigade.
The firemen managed to enter the house, and track the smoke source down to the basement, where a coal stove was burning…
Hanging out of this stove was a human arm.
When the stove was searched more thoroughly, they managed to uncover more human remains, bones and limbs.
Petiot was sent for at once, and arrived a few hours later. He explained to the police sergeant that the remains belonged to Nazi collaborators and traitors – he was an important operative with the resistance and he needed to keep this sort of thing quiet.
The police sergeant immediately understood, and quickly swept the whole incident under the carpet.
Petiot returned to his ‘other house’ but the police decided to check his Paris property further…they were horrified with what they found…
The garage was basically a lime pit filled with corpses at various stages of decomposition, there was a headless corpse under the stairs and Petiot had built a soundproof room, with a peephole, for torture.
The sergeant knew he had made a terrible mistake – but the lunatic Petiot had gone and there was no trace of him anywhere!
Petiot managed to evade capture for seven months – he was eventually spotted in a Paris metro station. He had been hiding with family and friends, and had even grown his hair out and a beard, for disguise.
He was thrown in jail until his trial date approached, all the time insisting that the bodies were that of dead Germans who deserved to die.
When he finally appeared in court, he refused to name the resistance operatives he worked with. It was later found out that he had no real links to the resistance.
The police had uncovered forty seven suitcases from his home in total – all belonging to people who had paid him to escape the Germans…
Only to be slaughtered by him.
It is thought that Petiot murdered somewhere in the region of 160 men, women and children.
He was eventually executed on May the 25th, 1946. As he stood awaiting his fate he stated “Gentlemen, I ask you not to look. This will not be very pretty.”
Eyewitnesses to the guillotine execution claimed that he smiled until the very end.
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