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Title Little demon in the city of light : a true story of murder and mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris / Steven Levingston.
Author Levingston, Steven.
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.""-- Provided by publisher.
BIBLIOG. Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-333).


Location Call # Status
 May Non-Fiction  364.152309 LEVINGSTON  ON SHELF
 Smoky Hill Non-Fiction  364.152309 LEVINGSTON  ON SHELF
Publisher New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition First edition.
Description 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Subject Murder -- France -- Paris -- Case studies.
Gouffé, Augustin Toussaint, 1840-1889.
Eyraud, Michel, 1843-1891.
Bompard, Gabrielle, 1868-1920.
Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780385536035