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Neighbors who lived next to 21 Rue Le Sueur never knew what Marcel Petiot, the eccentric doctor who rarely spent his time there, was ever up to.
For months, they have seen the black smoke escaping from his home, but thought of it as nothing more than an illegal brewing operation than the worst.
Surely they would have never guessed that the smoke they have been breathing in for months was as macabre as it actually was.
The smell of decaying and burning human flesh registered neither.
However, French police received a call from a neighbor, Andree Marcais, the adjacent neighbor, that on this day of March 6th, 1944, the smoke was extra heavy.
In fact, others had noticed it affected as well as the entire street with hacking coughs.
Clearly, a fire had broken out into the home.
The police arrived at 21 Rue Le Sueur, followed by the fire brigade, and after one firefighter saw an outline through the window; the door was quickly entered the residence.
Despite the total darkness inside the residence, one fire worker emerged from the home and immediately “leaned against a wall and threw up.”
Another, Avilla Boudringhin, headed straight for the awaiting police.
“Gentlemen, you’d better go and take a look in the basement. I think you’ll find plenty that interest you.”
Police entered Petiot’s home and found several burning stoves. There was no house fire present, just the constant usage of multiple stoves burning nonstop.
“By the dim light of the burning stove, police made out bits of bone and flesh scattered around a pile of twisted arms and legs.” - Doctor of Death, Daily News.
Not only was there a shocking amount of body parts scattered around Petiot’s home, but police also found evidence of a torture chamber that Marcel had recently used.
Through a small hidden door was a ‘triangular room’. In this room, under the guise of hiding from Gestapo, Marcel would scurry his victims inside and lock the door. There was no doorknob on the inside of the room.
Safely watching through a peephole with a telescopic lens, Marcel, wearing a gas mask for protection, would suffocate his victims with deadly gas as he watched with glee.
Once dead, Marcel would attempt to dispose of the bodies, but this task became too overwhelming as most of the corpses were piled up in the home and into the courtyard.
The clothes were opened and “limbs, bones and skulls tumbled out.” 30 pairs of women’s shoes were found along with a pit of quicklime. On top, “fragments of more than a dozen decayed human bodies.”
Also found in the home were 48 suitcases, 1700 articles of clothing, jewelry, fur coats, shoes, eyeglasses, and etc.
As the “gagging officers” picked through the bones and heaps of “twisted arms and legs”, a man with “piercing black eyes” calmly strolled up to the police line riding a green bicycle.
This man had a story to tell.
Claiming to be the brother of the owner of 21 Rue Le Sueur, the man, whom police later found out was actually Marcel Petiot, said that the bodies found in the homes were those of Germans and German sympathizers, Gestapo, and traitors of France.
My brother is “the head of a Resistance group struggling to liberate France from the black boot of the Gestapo.” Marcel continued, “My head and the heads of many of my friends are at stake.”
The officer in charge, Joseph Teyssier, allowed the man to ride away on his bicycle, thus letting go one of the most gruesome and prolific serial killers France has ever dealt with.
Luckily for Teyssier, Marcel Petiot would be caught soon after living under an assumed name.
Down in the basement area is where police found most of the macabre dealings. There were many pits filled with quicklime and human decay.
“A fresh pit had been dug and heaped with bodies, the quicklime all made up and ready to be poured over it.”
Several dresser drawers upstairs contained the valuables of Petiot’s victims.
Gold rings were especially prevalent. Some still contained the severed fingers which Petiot would later need to forcibly remove.
Gold teeth, many with blood and gum fragments attached, were also found in the upstairs rooms.
The apartment was terribly cluttered. When one officer tripped over a sack left casually on the floor, “a whole human head came tumbling out of it” bouncing down the entrance hall.
“This was not mere murder”, author Ryan Green states in his book Doctor Satan, “it was a methodical processing of corpses.”
Police began suspecting that a serial killer was active in Paris, even during the turbulent years of 1940-1944, when corpses would wash up in the Seine.
Many of the bodies weren’t complete, but only the dismembered legs and arms. This created the almost impossible duty of the French Police in identifying the victims.
The majority were never identified.
Ryan Green, in his book Doctor Satan, says that, “among the pieces were nine decapitated heads of unknown origin, four thighs, and sundry other parts, too.”
Yvan (Yva) Dreyfus was an extremely wealthy French Jew living in Paris during the German occupation.
Dreyfus had heard stories of how Petiot, under the alias of Dr. Eugene, had been successful in smuggling a large portion of Jews out of Paris.
Petiot claimed he had contacts from Paris to Argentina and, for the right price, could smuggle out any Jewish man, woman, or family from under the “Gestapo’s black boot.”
However, this was a horrific lie.
To add insult to injury, Petiot referred to his 'underground escape network' as Fly-Tox, which France, and especially the Gestapo, became hell-bent on uncovering.
The name Fly-Tox had already been used for decades as a insecticide killer for mosquitoes etc. The Fly-Tox brand was popular in the United States, and the company advertised extensively.
Simply put, Marcel Petiot's fake underground smuggling network was named after a pest insecticide.
Perhaps to Petiot, his Jewish victims were nothing more than pesky bugs to him.
In the end, Marcel Petiot received his due justice under France's guillotine. Police would never be able to identify most of his victims.
"Of all the body parts recovered, none comprised the full sum of parts required to make a whole person." - Ryan Green, Doctor Satan.