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Satan existed. And he lived in Paris

When the activities of the Frenchman Marcel Petio opened up, the journalists began to compete with each other in wit and wit. Petiot was called both the “Parisian butcher”, and the “demonic cannibal”, and the “monster from the street Lazer”, and even the “Blue Beard of the twentieth century”. However in stories forensic science was assigned to him another, no less ominous nickname - “Doctor Satan”.

Fighter against invaders

On the eleventh of March, 1944, the morning of the policemen of the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris began routinely and habitually. However, soon the notorious "Groundhog Day" was canceled. Locals turned to them with a complaint, saying that from the chimney of the house at number twenty-one that day already terribly unpleasant, causing nausea smoke. Since this mansion and nearby buildings were located in the city center, their tenants were wealthy and influential people. Therefore, the police had on the same day to go to the house twenty-one to find out the reason for the disgusting smell.

Upon arrival, the police were convinced that the rich inhabitants of the sixteenth district are not deceiving or capricious. From the chimney of the mansion really poured smoke, from which it was far from being "alpine freshness." The house itself was closed. The corporal found out that it belongs to a respected person - Dr. Marcel Petio. The policeman was able to contact him by phone and asked to come. But an hour later, Petio did not appear. Therefore, the corporal ordered his subordinates to knock out the door. Once inside the guards realized that the source of the nasty smell is down in the basement. They descended the stairs. In the basement there was a huge stove in which flames raged. A charred human hand was sticking out of the firebox ... Next to the furnace, the police saw a large pile of coal mixed with bones. We must pay tribute to the corporal and his subordinates, they stoically stood the test of the hellish picture. Soon a brigade of criminal police arrived to help them. Now the house of twenty-one came under their jurisdiction. And after the criminalists came the owner of the terrible mansion.

In fact, the evidence found in the basement was enough to immediately arrest Petio, but ... The yard was 1944 year, France was in an occupied state. This is what the doctor played. He stated to the police (by the way, the French) that he was part of the Resistance, and the remains belong to the Germans and collaborators. Like, in this way, he fights against the hated invaders. And if they arrest him now, they will commit a crime against the homeland, because he killed in the name of a proud and bright sense of duty to his country. Corporal, police and criminologists were impressed by such sentimental and patriotic speech. Therefore, Petio was advised to be more secretive, after which they left the mansion. And Marcel, without thinking twice, immediately went on the run. He understood that soon the Germans would come instead of the French and then he would not be able to get out.

Special "label"

But the case "Mansion on Lezer, twenty-one," one way or another, was not closed. Although slow, the investigation continued. During the search, the remains of at least sixty people were found in the basement. Most likely, there were more of them, but since many bones were severely crushed, the exact number of victims could not be determined. But it turned out to find out the identity of more than twenty-seven dead - their documents were found in the house. It was then that Petio was deceived. The victims were not occupiers, and the French and Jews. And the remains belonged to men, women and children. The case of two years ago arose, when for several months the police had to catch human remains from the Seine. Then the exact number of victims also failed to establish, according to approximate estimates, thirteen people. In addition, between December 1941 and May 1943, police found human remains in various parts of Paris where experts found traces of drugs and curare's poison. Rumors spread around Paris that a serial killer was running in the city. However, since May 1943, the dreaded discoveries no longer appeared. Then the guards of the order concluded that the maniac either committed suicide or some accident happened to him. The case is safely closed. And after a search in the house of Petio, everything fell into place. The serial killer did not die, he just found a new, safer way to get rid of the corpses.

The police are lucky. An expert continued to work in her ranks, and she already had to deal with Petiot's “creativity”. Even then, several years ago, he drew on the "label" with which the criminal, as if he put his "authorship". He always thrust a scalpel into the thigh of the victim. Exactly the same injuries were found on human remains in the mansion of Marseille. It became clear that the serial killer and the doctor are one and the same person.

On the twenty-fourth of August 1944, a landmark event occurred - Paris was liberated. And most of the policemen were arrested as accomplices of the occupation regime. It seemed that the Petio case was now definitely lost in the chaos that had been created. But Marcel unexpectedly reminded himself. He began to bombard the Paris newspapers with numerous letters in which he claimed that the Germans had framed him, and he himself was a true patriot, one of the members of the Resistance movement. According to Marcel, the invaders tried to reach other fighters for independence through him, and the corpses of the French and Jews in the basement - their revenge for the failure to cooperate. This was done in order to denigrate it and compromise. These numerous messages have attracted the attention of new criminal police officers. And the case was resumed. Soon the law enforcement officers managed to detain the brother of Marseille - Maurice Petio. In the chamber he was treated, to put it mildly, inhumanly. Maurice was subjected to exhausting interrogations that lasted for several days without a break. And, in the end, he could not resist. Maurice said that at the request of his brother, he took out all the personal belongings that were in special hiding places. Then he hid them with his friends and acquaintances. The police, of course, visited the "guardians." Maurice did not lie, they had clothes and shoes, and of different sizes.

Soon, another Petiot case surfaced. This time, the archives of the Paris Gestapo played their part. They said that in April 1943, Ivan Dreyfus was arrested. As a result of interrogation with passion, he agreed to cooperate with the Germans. He was required to withdraw the invaders to the Parisian underground fighters who secretly smuggled the Jews to South America. Some time later, Dreyfus announced that an organization was operating in Paris that helped them get out of the country. He also named the names of three people: Pintar, Furrier and Nizonde. And the organization was headed by a certain Dr. Eugene. The agent himself after this information disappeared. But the Gestapo managed to arrest three Frenchmen. Under torture, they said that Dr. Eugène is Marcel Petio. They did not possess any more information. The Gestapo established surveillance of Petio, but did not have time to arrest him - the Resistance sharply intensified. The Germans were not corny to the French benefactor. Therefore, soon the case Petio sent to the archive.

French police began searching for a doctor. On October 30, 1944, at the station of Saint-Mandé, the guards carried out a routine check of documents. They were stopped by a man who was visibly nervous. He showed a certificate in the name of Henri Valerie Watterwald, a captain and counterintelligence officer of the French internal forces, as well as a former member of the Resistance. But gendarmes thought that Henri looked like Petiot. A suspicious man was detained and began to investigate. During the search, he was found several more different identity cards. Watervalda arrested. And after the confrontation with his wife and brother, the police were convinced that Marcel Petio was in their hands. It soon became clear that the numerous things found in the apartments of the friends of the doctor belonged to Jewish refugees. The investigation began to unravel the case of Petio with a vengeance.

History of the doctor

The police found out that Marcel Petio was born on the seventeenth of January, 1897, in Auxerre. But about his childhood, nothing concrete could be unearthed by the guards. The only thing they learned - in his childhood Marcel was subjected to violence, in connection with which he received a severe psychological trauma. However, it was later questioned. Therefore, the true reasons for which Petio began to commit murder, and did not know. But it appeared that Marcel was expelled several times from school for bad behavior, and in March 1914 of the year the medical commission recognized him as mentally ill. Therefore, Petio had to finish his studies in a special academy.

However, in January 1916, Marcel was drafted into the army, closing his eyes to the medical opinion. Nineteen year old guy hit the infantry. In Ene, he was seriously injured, as well as gas poisoning. And soon he was demobilized, once again, recognizing the mentally ill. Petio's treatment took place in rest homes, but the rehabilitation course did not fully pass. He was arrested for theft and sent to Orleans prison. But here the guy did not last long. From prison, he was transferred to Fleury-les-Aubre hospital. And from there in June 1918, Petio returned to the front. But after a couple of weeks, he went to the hospital for injuries. It turned out that he himself shot in the leg.

When the First World War died down, Marseille received a medical education in an accelerated training program for veterans. And after - became an intern in a psychiatric hospital Evre. At the end of 1921, he received his doctorate and moved to Villeneuve-sur-Ion. Here he quickly managed to win the confidence of not only patients, but also the local government. Taking advantage of his position, Petio began to test various narcotic substances prohibited in France. He also illegally aborted.

Apparently, just at that time, Petio and committed his first murder. The police speculated that his victim could well be Louise Delavo, who disappeared in May 1926. According to unconfirmed data, Marcel and Louise were lovers. Then there was a conflict between them. The only clue of the law enforcement officers was the testimony of neighbors who saw Marcel loading a heavy box into the car. Of course, the doctor became the main suspect, but could not prove his guilt. According to the official version, Delavo just ran away, deciding to start life from scratch. However, after some time, the police caught in the river a similar box in which they found a dismembered body. The examination established that the remains belonged to a young woman, but her identity remained unknown. The case was closed.

Another interesting thing: in 1926, Petio won the mayoral election in Villeneuve-sur-Ion. After gaining power, he began to steal funds from the city treasury. And he did it openly, without fear of justice. In 1927, Marcel got married. Soon he had a son.

But the population of the town did not give Petio a calm life. People with enviable constancy complained to the prefect about the financial frauds of their mayor. Therefore, four years later, Marcel had to resign. At the same time, he somehow managed to hush up the matter and avoid punishment. Moreover, a month later he managed to get into the Council of the District of Yonne. But six months later, complaints and accusations fell on him again. Petio resigned and moved to the capital. On this his political career ended.

In Paris, Petio's career went up. He quickly earned himself a reputation as a good doctor, although he continued to actively use "unconventional" medicine. However, gradually, rumors spread around the city that Marcel was doing illegal abortions, and also prescribed drugs to his patients that were addictive. That's just on his activities that did not cast a shadow. Rather, on the contrary, in 1936, the doctor achieved his cherished goal - now he could legally compile death certificates.

When World War II began and the Germans occupied France, Petio quickly found his place. He began selling health certificates that allowed him to avoid being sent to work in Germany. In the 1942 year, when the occupation regime tightened, Marcel found a gold mine. A lot of people at that time wanted to leave France. But it was not legal to do that. There was only one risky way - illegal. And the doctor began offering his services. He was wielding not one - the company was made up of several accomplices. They were precisely Furrier, Pintar and Nizonde, later seized by the Gestapo. True, they did not know anything about the true intentions of Petio. Their task was only to search for people able to pay a large sum for the escape. Moreover, their nationality, occupation and past did not play a role.

Marseille for their services requested twenty-five thousand francs. For those times - this is a fantastic amount. But there were many who wanted to escape. After all, Dr. Eugene promised that for this money he would be able to organize an escape to Argentina or any other country in South America through his “channels” in Portugal. People came to the mansion, where Dr. Eugene did vaccinations for people, explaining that the requirements of the authorities of overseas countries. That's just instead of the vaccine, he injected them with poison.

At first, the doctor simply dumped the corpses into the Seine. Then the dismembered remains (Petio made every effort so that the corpses could not be identified) he literally scattered around Paris. But in 1943, Marcel decided that this method was no longer suitable, so he hid them in the basement. And in 1944 I began to systematically chop and burn bodies in the basement of my own mansion.


A jury convicted Marcel Petiot of the murder of twenty-six people and sentenced him to death. It happened on the twenty-eighth of March 1946. How many people sent Doctor Satan to the next world - it was not possible to establish for certain. The police officers who conducted the case were confident that he had at least six dozen victims. On May 25, 1946, Marcel Petio was sent to the guillotine.

In 1990, Christian Shalonj shot the film "Dr. Petiot", in which the role of Marcel was played by Michel Cerro.

In the Belgian film “New Testament” there is a phrase: “God exists. And he lives in Brussels. ” The French may well respond to this: “Satan existed. And he lived in Paris. "
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  1. Vard
    Vard 6 March 2018 07: 09
    Psychiatrists believe that each maniac in the beginning had a woman who sent him ... Of course, we were all sent repeatedly ... But thank God we survived this ... although again the same women are usually the culprits of male alcoholism ...
    1. ruskih
      ruskih 6 March 2018 14: 08
      ... although again the same women are usually the culprits of male alcoholism ..

      centuries pass and nothing changes ...
      1. Mikado
        Mikado 6 March 2018 15: 55
        the classic of music channels and radio stations is Kelly Clarkson's famous hit, "Because Of You." Because all of you! am women too often blame us on us wink laughing
  2. parusnik
    parusnik 6 March 2018 07: 33
    Indeed, Dr. Satan ... slaughtered people for his pleasure ... war is not war ...
    1. Okolotochny
      Okolotochny 6 March 2018 21: 05
      At such a time, the lightest in man comes forward; it turns out that the dark does not sit out either.
  3. Monarchist
    Monarchist 6 March 2018 07: 40
    Quote: Vard
    Psychiatrists believe that each maniac in the beginning had a woman who sent him ... Of course, we were all sent repeatedly ... But thank God we survived this ... although again the same women are usually the culprits of male alcoholism ...

    A woman says the same thing about us. We lived a certain Kuzma, fermented in black, and in justification she said that the men were to blame.
    1. Vard
      Vard 6 March 2018 07: 43
      Well, it’s you who haven’t visited Odnoklassniki yet ... there men are to blame for everything ...
  4. Monarchist
    Monarchist 6 March 2018 07: 50
    Some oligophrenic, but turned around. In 1944, he declared: "what is included in the Resistance, and the remains belong to the Germans and the coloborists," and in 1940 he would have declared that they were Communists and Jews?
    I was interested in such a detail, but my wife did not notice anything?
    1. Vard
      Vard 6 March 2018 08: 01
      The wife ... and another brother said they did not know about the crimes ... and they were released ... by the way, the victims did not find the money ...
      1. your1970
        your1970 6 March 2018 09: 15
        how they fought with the Nazis !!! as much smoke stood !!
        what Wrestlers ... not, rather, Wrestlers with Hitler in Europe ....
        in Denmark, the army began to be disarmed in 1943, and the police in 1944 - weapons (!!) were taken away from the power (!!) structures in the occupied (!!) country ..... and such a picture is almost everywhere .. .

        If Hitler were a little more mentally stable, if he could resist pushing in the direction of the USSR, then the EU could have ruled until the 60s and 70s. Franco died with his death in 1975 (!!!), and they are almost the same age.
    2. Mikado
      Mikado 6 March 2018 12: 42
      Psychiatrists believe that every maniac in the beginning had a woman who sent him ...

      either the “loving” father or stepfather, who was abused in childhood, and then the woman who sent him.
      Some oligophrenic, but turned around.

      he was far from oligophrenic! stop This is a classic example of a maniac. Check out his career. He "dusted people's eyes" a bunch of times, knew how to speak, knew how to like, disposed to himself. Very smart! hi and dangerous ... He was believed. And in ordinary life, he was not much different in appearance from other people. Although he knew how to communicate well, apparently.
      in Denmark, the army began to be disarmed in 1943, and the police in 1944

      the islands of Jersey and Guernsey (British possessions in the English Channel) were occupied from 1940 to May 9, 1945. English police calmly served in the streets. request Even the photo is left. Surprisingly, the Allies never liberated these islands until the Reich surrendered. And there was a concentration camp for our prisoners of war ...
      1. Okolotochny
        Okolotochny 6 March 2018 21: 08
        That is, the islands occupied by the Germans and the English Bobby? Interesting.
        1. Mikado
          Mikado 6 March 2018 21: 11
          English Bobby lived there from time immemorial. Just the Germans did not begin to destroy the existing system of relationships. Perhaps the only exception during the war. And it is curious that the allies, having liberated France in the 44th, these islands never freed! Although they were already in their deep rear. request
          1. Okolotochny
            Okolotochny 6 March 2018 21: 49
            Thanks for the interesting fact. hi
            1. Mikado
              Mikado 6 March 2018 23: 39
              that dumb for sho! drinks Roman wrote an article almost a year ago.
              here is a photo from his article. Judging by the emblem of the eagle on the chest, the German also refers to the police unit - that is, to the SS department:

              the Nazis had even more "interesting" police units - for example, the "Jewish police" of the Judenrats. Why should the Nazis dirty their own hands if you can force others to "do the job"? Well, I repeat once again - Stirlitz could not flaunt in a black tunic. A reserve of this form was allowed to staff the "auxiliary police" from local goodies in the occupied territories.
              1. your1970
                your1970 7 March 2018 07: 45
                Quote: Mikado
                here is a photo from his article. Judging by the emblem of the eagle on the chest, the German also refers to the police unit - that is, to the SS department:
                -here, even in wild heroin delirium, a policeman in uniform and with weapons next to the Gestapo’s somewhere in occupied Kiev or Smolensk doesn’t seem to be ....
                Only the Slavs (USSR, Yugoslavia, Poland) and really fought with the plague, all the other legs in the mountain and "ordnung!"

                Quote: Mikado
                y, and I repeat again - Stirlitz could not flaunt in a black tunic. A reserve of this form was allowed to staff the "auxiliary police" from local goodies in the occupied territories.
                behind Lopakhin’s back in "They Fought for the Motherland!" on the river "Meteor" is ... Cinema from this does not get worse ...
                I accidentally found out about this blunder, and although I watched the film about 20 times, I had never seen it before - this is how Shukshin attracts attention
                So with Stirlitz
                1. Mikado
                  Mikado 7 March 2018 10: 12
                  -here, even in wild heroin delirium, a policeman in uniform and with weapons next to the Gestapo’s somewhere in occupied Kiev or Smolensk doesn’t seem to be ....

                  in the 41st, militiamen fought as part of their combined units, right in black overcoats. The personnel of the Leningrad police school almost completely died on the Nevsky Piglet. An employee who had evacuated valuables either from Gatchina or from Pavlovsk (I don’t remember, repent!), And did not manage to leave, the Germans hanged. Yes, it doesn’t. We had a completely different kitchen - we had a war not for life, but for death.
                  behind Lopakhin’s back in "They Fought for the Motherland!" on the river "Meteor" is ... Cinema from this does not get worse ...

                  I do not argue at all! Moreover, this is the course of cinema - if you want to emphasize the character of the SS, dress him in black. Coup. And this is not only with us, in Western films the same thing. hi
                  By the way, two divisions of the police fought in the SS troops.

                  Recently I watched the 1978 national film "The Fortress." The film is quite mediocre, despite the fact that wonderful artists are involved in it. But the Germans reacted to the form unconventionally. The action takes place on the Adriatic coast of Yugoslavia in 1944. And the "main villain of Soviet cinema" Algimantas Masiulis was dressed in a sand-colored SS uniform. That is, it can be assumed that he serves either in the 16th SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Reichsfuhrer SS" or in the 4th SS Police Grenadier Division. If I am not mistaken, only these two units received a "tropical" form. hi
  5. Fox
    Fox 6 March 2018 10: 15
    like what kind of victims, necessarily Jews ... well, how can it be without a Lochocaust?
    1. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 6 March 2018 22: 30
      Quote: Fox
      like what kind of victims, necessarily Jews ... well, how can it be without a Lochocaust?

      And you re-read the article carefully ....
      Occupation - emigration - good pay - Jews (really not enough).
      And everything in the head will fall into place.
  6. Partisan Kramaha
    Partisan Kramaha 6 March 2018 11: 11
    Quote: parusnik
    Indeed, Dr. Satan ... slaughtered people for his pleasure ... war is not war ...

    At first it was a pleasure, and then a sickly business was organized, with a criminal slant of the tower
  7. Grandfather Barsik
    Grandfather Barsik 6 March 2018 20: 52
    We can’t do without demons
    1. Cossack 471
      Cossack 471 6 March 2018 21: 49
      Hitler is the most important Satan. This Frenchman is no good for him.