Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Violent Woman Stalks Man & Throws Acid On the Wrong Victim – Paris 1909

FULL TEXT: Paris, Oct. 1 – A woman was tried this week for throwing vitriol in the face of a man whom she did not know but had mistaken for her recreant lover. The victim lost the sight of one eye, but a Paris jury acquitted the woman. Afterward she and her lover were reconciled. After recounted these fact, a sarcastic writer demands:

“What of it? The case has been judged. Everybody, of course, ought to be satisfied.” He suggests, however, that the streets be placarded thus: “Beware of deserted women,” and also, “Beware throwing vitriol, be sure it’s the right man.”

[“Threw Vitriol On Stranger – Deserted Woman Mistook Him for Lover – Paris Jury Acquits Her.” New York Times (N.Y.), Oct. 10, 1909, p. C-3]


SEE: “Acid Queens: Women Who Throw Acid” for a collection of synopses of similar cases.


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