Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Madame Pitiot, French Double Black Widow – 1921


FULL TEXT: The Mulhouse police are inquiring into the suspicions circumstances in which the two husbands of Madame Pitiot, a woman of remarkable beauty, met their deaths. The woman has been arrested on the supposition that she poisoned her husbands in order to obtain possession of sums of money for which they had been insured. Her first husband, M. Smitt, son of the Mayor of Morschwiller, was supposed to have died from an accident, and his body has been exhumed, and will be examined at the municipal laboratory. She had been married to her second husband seven months when he died very suddenly. The widow lost no time in going to the office of the insurance company to collect a fairly large sum of money, but the statement of the doctor who had attended her husband had roused suspicions, and the money was not handed over.

The beautiful widow was watched, and she was arrested as she was preparing for flight. Inquiry showed that she bad endeavoured to obtain arsenic and strychnine with a permit given by a Police Commissary. She wanted ten grammes of strychnine, but the chemist gave her five only Madame Piliot denies the allegations against her. There is a story that she lived expensively and was in debt, and had speculated on the insurances contracted by her two husbands.

[“Fate of Two Husbands - French Widow Arrested.” The Western Mail (Perth, Australia), May 5, 1921, p. 26]

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For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.

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