FULL TEXT: Yvette Lelièvre, with the help of her husband and her mother got rid of - usually by drowning - seven children she had given birth to, then she incinerated or buried their corpses in her garden at Saint-Pierre-lès-Nemours. This alarming discovery which was made by police in April 1969, would perhaps never have occurred had not an anonymous letter been put in the mail on April 2, the day the last of the murdered children was incinerated (because there was no more room in the garden for baby corpses).
Successive pregnancies of Yvette Lelièvre – or one might say, her permanent state of pregnancy -- never particularly attracted the attention of neighbors, who were never surprised to see that the family had no more than five children. All seemed to remain perfectly normal. Instead, the neighbors say Lelièvre are good people, and defend them.
The Assize Court nevertheless is likely to have a different view and to take exception to the excuses of the baby-killer family.
Take this example of Yvette’s reasoning: “I kept the first child because we wanted to reach family allowances and get a loan to buy the house.”
Neither the couple nor Yvette Lelièvre’s mother, have expressed to investigators any remorse for their actions. Moreover, she seemed not to understand the case against her. For her, getting rid of surplus newborns seems to be a simple case of "family planning" - except that the meaning of the word is unknown savant to the Lelièvre family, even though they are not simple-minded.
[Free translation of “The monstrous ‘family planning’ of Lelièvre,” Archives Larousse, Apr. 1969]
For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.