FULL TEXT: A young girl of eighteen, named Jeanne Bonnaud, now detained in the prison of Saint Yrieix, in the department of Haute Vienne, France, has just confessed to an extraordinary series of infant murders.
Some weeks ago two young children named Habrian were found half dead at the bottom of a well in the village of Chatain, and they were only rescued in the nick of time. They said that they had been pushed in by a woman, and from the description they gave Jeanne Bonnaud was subsequently arrested. She protested her innocence, and accused the children's step-mother of the deed, but later, after making an ineffectual at tempt to escape, she asked to be allowed to make a confession.
She not only admitted having thrown the Habrian children into the well, but declared that she had also killed their eldest sister, aged five, by forcing a potato down her throat; that she killed another child, a little boy, by making him swallow a large stone; and that she was also responsible for the death of two other children, who were found at the bottom of another well some months ago.
In addition, she confessed that her own sister, Marguerite, had died from the effects of taking large quantities of paraffin oil administered by her.
The girl is to be examined by mental specialists.
[“A Child-Slayer A French Girl's Murders.” The Daily News (Perth, W.A., Australia), Oct. 26, 1904, p. 8]