Published on: 19/01/2012
The sensational true story of the serial killer who stalked the streets of Nazi-occupied Paris.
A swastika crowns the Eiffel Tower. Nazis march through the streets. And in the dark heart of the city, a madman is at work . . .
At a chic Right Bank address, a horrific pile of dismembered bodies is discovered. The property’s owner, well-to-do Dr Petiot, immediately becomes the prime suspect, but he has vanished without a trace.
As the police delve into the doctor’s past, a disturbing history of violence and corruption is uncovered. It seems like a cut-and-dried case, but the investigation soon takes a surprising turn. Is Petiot a sadistic serial killer or a hero of the Resistance? Who are his victims?
In this fascinating true account of a case that gripped wartime Paris, David King draws extensively on new sources to paint a chilling portrait of a murderer whose crimes devastated a city already in the grip of evil.
David King is the author of Vienna, 1814; How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna and Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World. He is a Fulbright scholar with a master’s degree from Cambridge University and lives in […]