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Henri Landru

Henri LandruAKA Henri Desiré Landru

Born: 1869
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 25-Feb-1922
Location of death: Versailles, France
Cause of death: Execution

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Bluebeard murderer of 10 widows

Military service: Sergeant, French Army (1887-91)

Recidivist swindler of soldiers and pensioners, Henri Landru became famous for a series of murders committed during the first World War. His scheme was to find a rich, lonely war widow through a singles ad, seduce her into signing over her fortune, then kill her and dispose of the body in his extra-large kitchen stove. Landru entrapped ten widows using this technique before an investigation of his earlier frauds linked him to the murders. Executed by guillotine.

Father: (d. suicide)
Mother: (d. 1910)
Wife: Remy (his cousin, m. 1891, 4 children)

    Fraud 1900
    Suicide Attempt 1900
    Murder 10 widows, one teenaged boy

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