25 Feb: The Lonely Hearts Serial Killer

Henri Landru, known as ‘Bluebeard’ to the French public, was executed by guillotine on 25th February, 1922, having murdered at least ten women he dated during the First World War.

He continued to protest his innocence throughout his sensational trial – despite having drawn a detailed doodle of the oven he had used to burn his victims’ bodies.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly unpick Landru’s disturbing methodology; uncover why France’s top defense attorney was attracted to the case; and explain what it all had to do with Rudyard Kipling… 

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