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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Marie LaFarge was convicted of murder

Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Marie LaFarge was convicted of murder

By Michael Slicker

 
It is the birthday of murderess Marie LaFarge (1816), whose 1840 trial for poisoning her husband with arsenic became a cause célébre throughout France, with the public deeply divided over her innocence or guilt. She was the first person convicted by direct forensic evidence, and the case was one of the first followed closely by the public with daily newspaper reports. The trial was a spectacle attended by people from all over France. It included all the twists and turns of a good whodunit, including a celebrated expert witness and setbacks for both the prosecution and the defense. Marie LaFarge wrote her Mémoires(1841) while in prison. The novel The Lady and the Arsenic (1937) was based on the case as was the French film L’Affaire Lafarge (1938).

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(Posted on the Lighthouse Books Blog, presented here by permission of the author.) 

Published since 16 Jan 2014

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