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Little Demon in the City of Light

A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris
Levingston, Steven (Book - 2014 )
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"The thrilling--and so wonderfully French--story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official by a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress, an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power. In France at the end of the nineteenth century a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Alexandre-Toussaint Gouffe entered a Parisian building at 3 rue Tronson Ducoudray for what he thought would be a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard, only to be murdered--hanged!--by her and her ruthless companion Michel Eyraud, stuffed in a trunk, and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon, that question became the burning center of an inquiry into the guilt or innocence of a woman the French tabloids dubbed "The Little Demon.""--
Authors: Levingston, Steven
Title: Little demon in the city of light
a true story of murder and mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 333 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "The thrilling--and so wonderfully French--story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official by a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress, an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power. In France at the end of the nineteenth century a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Alexandre-Toussaint Gouffe entered a Parisian building at 3 rue Tronson Ducoudray for what he thought would be a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard, only to be murdered--hanged!--by her and her ruthless companion Michel Eyraud, stuffed in a trunk, and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon, that question became the burning center of an inquiry into the guilt or innocence of a woman the French tabloids dubbed "The Little Demon.""--
Local Note: 6 9 15 16 17 18 29 35 53 118 133 138 143 148 149 152 172 210 211 216 222 250 262 274
ISBN: 9780385536035
0385536038
Statement of Responsibility: Steven Levingston
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-333).
Subject Headings: Gouffé, Augustin Toussaint, 1840-1889. Eyraud, Michel, 1843-1891. Bompard, Gabrielle, 1868-1920. Murder France Paris Case studies. Paris (France) Social life and customs 19th century.
Topical Term: Murder
Paris (France)
LCCN: 2013020525
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