Having operated on her own daughters and others, as she openly admitted, she then went into another business.
“You devoted yourself to another profession?” said the magistrate, mildly.
“Yes, unluckily,” was the reply.
“Children were left in your charge, and they disappeared?”
“Yes, sir: but I was not a free agent.”
“How did you kill these wretched infants?”
“I was not a free agent.”
“These children were found after they had been dead two or three days?”
“Yes, sir; I kept one for two or three days at the foot of my bed!’
“You killed them by putting their heads in a pail of water. Is it not so?”
She chopped up one child.
The judge then asks, “You suffocated another?”
“Comme l’autre; mon Dieu, oui.”
“Yes; exactly the same as the others.”
“And you buried it under the staircase?”
“Yes; dug a hole with a shovel.” Here she roared with laughter.
“And the third, child ?” “Oh; always the same operation.”
The story is too dreadful. She received 100f., 200f., 500f., and undertook to send the children to an institution. She simply killed them, and when one man asked her for his child or his money, she and her accomplice arranged that they would hand over “the money they got for the next” to the injured parent.
“Then you killed these nine children. But that is not all. You also killed your granddaughter! You gave her vitriol, did you not?”
“Si fait; si fait!” (This is pleasingly explained as an expression equivalent to assent.)
There was a certain Madame Coyne who was only one degree removed a crime from Delpech. She was the agent who received the child, and the two or three hundred francs; and, having deducted a most liberal commission, handed over 100f. (4:1.) as the future provision for this wretched morsel of humanity.
“And you thought that Delpech could bring up a child on 41. sterling?” asked the judge.
The details of the trial are unfit for publication. Seven out of the eight prisoners were found “Guilty,” and two of them sentenced to the alleys – Delpech, the chief culprit, for life, and Coyne or ten years. The other sentences were: – Barriere two years; Verne, four; Pauline, three; Eulalie, two ; and Plantade, one year’s imprisonment.
[“Wholesale Infanticide.” Lloyd’s Weekly Newsletter (London, England), Mar. 14, 1869, p. 1]