By David King
Death within the urban of Light is the gripping, actual tale of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his personal reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered physique components surfaced within the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was once tasked with monitoring down the elusive assassin in a twilight global of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance combatants, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and different shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.
The major suspect used to be Dr. Marcel Petiot, a good-looking, captivating surgeon with amazing charisma. He was once the “People’s Doctor,” identified for his many acts of kindness and generosity, no longer least in delivering loose remedy for the poor. Petiot, even if, may quickly be charged with twenty-seven murders, notwithstanding professionals suspected the entire was once significantly larger, even perhaps as many as 150.
Who was once being slaughtered, and why? was once Petiot a sexual sadist, because the press instructed, killing for thrills? was once he allied with the Gestapo, or, to the contrary, the French Resistance? Or did he paintings for nobody except himself? attempting to clear up the numerous mysteries of the case, Massu might resolve a plot of unspeakable deviousness. When Petiot was once eventually arrested, the French police was hoping for answers.
But the trial quickly turned a circus. trying to try out all twenty-seven situations instantly, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, having fun with the highlight, spoke back with miraculous ease. His lawyer, René Floriot, a emerging big name on the earth of legal safety, additionally successfully, if aggressively, countered the charges. quickly, regardless of a crew of prosecuting legal professionals, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of facts, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day.
Drawing widely on many new resources, together with the large, categorized French police dossier on Dr. Petiot, Death within the urban of Light is a superb evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of homicide, betrayal, and evil of mind-blowing proportions.
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She put it down to lingering bad memories of her last relationship with Thomas’s father. Page, however, was free-falling in love and often skived off work for some ‘victim liaison’. Lying in bed together he would blank calls from the control room asking for assistance. One day a new skipper at Grays police station wanted to accompany Page on duty. ‘I’ve got a lot of witness statements to take, skip,’ said Page, thinking quickly and hoping his boss would back off. ‘That’s alright, I’ll give you a hand,’ said the new sergeant.
Soon after, more senior officers turned up at the flat. Page approached one of them. ‘Skip, there’s all this personal stuff I’ve found in her bedroom, love letters, pictures and half a sex shop. ’ ‘That’s not our job,’ said the senior officer. ’ The police did, however, take away the tape in the answering machine, the suicide note and the sealed letters Hills had so precisely left behind. As he recounted the story to Laura that night, the thing that puzzled them most was the coolness of the upper classes in the face of such personal tragedy.
Clearly, corrupt officers like Page were not going to grass themselves up while still serving in the police and colleagues who were not involved in the corruption were unlikely to blow the whistle and become pariahs at work. As for the traders, there was no benefit to be gained from making a complaint. Even if the Met’s anti-corruption squad were called in, Page claims it didn’t always spell trouble for officers under suspicion. For example, on one eventful night duty, an African man was in the cells for a public order offence involving drink and possibly drugs.