The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
Pub. Date: 9/20/2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Type: Non-Fiction, True Crime ~ Library Book
Rating: Liked it ♥♡
First of all, even though Dr. Marcel Petiot killed enough people to be a serial killer, he was not technically a serial killer. That being said, this was still a horrific series of events. The police had trouble investigating because of the Nazies in Paris, Petiot claimed he was a member of the resistance and was killing ‘collaborators and spies’. The court decided to try him for 27 murders at one time and the judge had a timetable for getting through the trial.
David King has done a good job of gathering all the facts and writing a cohesive account of them. He also fills us in on the conditions of Paris during this time period, and some history. At times I felt this was too much, he appeared to be going off on tangents at times with reports of plays written and parties thrown by this person and so on. Also the trial seemed to drag on and on.
Still this was an enjoyable book, the areas that dragged to me were not horrible, I never wanted to give up, I just think the book would have been more interesting if some of the details, such as going through each witness that was called, that a woman fainted and the court officers had to take care of her, and so on, had been left out.
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