She fed arsenic to 13 … 2 husbands, her parents, parents-in-law …

  This French woman fed arsenic to 13 people. They included her 2 husbands, her parents, her parents-in-law, other close relatives, friends and neighbors. Here is my intro and you can read the full article on crimemagazine.com Marie Besnard: The Undertaker’s Best Friend In France, in the 17th Century, alchemists became wealthy grinding arsenic rock […]

Marie Besnard

 

This French woman fed arsenic to 13 people. They included her 2 husbands, her parents, her parents-in-law, other close relatives, friends and neighbors.

Here is my intro and you can read the full article on crimemagazine.com

Marie Besnard: The Undertaker’s Best Friend

In France, in the 17th Century, alchemists became wealthy grinding arsenic rock into a colorless and odorless powder and selling the powder to their countrymen who wanted to do away with a wealthy old parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt. There was even an “epidemic” of arsenic poisonings in the year 1670 so that the substance became known as the “succession powder.” Three centuries later, kind and homely Marie Besnard amazed her female friends when she described arsenic as an excellent substitute for divorce. They thought she was joking. But was she?

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