Death in the City of Light

Death in the City of Light
David King

Some crime stories are harder to tell than others, but the case of Marcel Petiot has to be one of the hardest. Petiot was a psychopathic doctor in Nazi-occupied Paris who pretended to be a member of the French resistance or underground. People who came to him looking for help getting out of town (mostly Jews, but some gangsters as well) were robbed and murdered. After a circus trial, Petiot was duly sent to the guillotine, but just how many people he killed, when, and by what methods, is still unclear. Historian David King does his best to shed new light on this cold case, but much of the story remains a frustrating, and chilling, mystery.