For an evening, experience firsthand the café atmosphere of the Belle Époque with author and Washington Post  editor  Steven Levingston while hearing about his latest book - a true story of murder in Belle Époque Paris - Little Demon in the City of Light. 

Little Demon in the City of Light is the thrilling story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a court official at the hands of a ruthless conman and his pliant mistress. What follows is an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power.

In late nineteenth-century France, a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Toussaint-Augustin Gouffé entered 3 rue Tronson du Coudray, he expected nothing but a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard. Instead, he was murdered by her and her companion Michel Eyraud. The body was then stuffed in a trunk and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon.

As the inquiry into the guilt or innocence of the woman the French tabloids dubbed the "Little Demon" escalated, the most respected minds in France debated whether Gabrielle Bompard was the pawn of her mesmerizing lover or simply a coldly calculating murderess. And, at the burning center of it all, a question arose: could hypnosis force people to commit crimes against their will?

For more information, click here and here.
To register at the French Cultural Center event, click here.

"An engaging—and finally chilling—portrait of an uneasy era and a city of more shadow than light."
—The Washington Post

"Fascinating... A rich portrait of the period, as well as the intriguing story of a notorious murder case, with its strange (and often amusing) cast of characters."
—The Boston Globe

"Equal parts period piece, forensic manual, and legal thriller, the book is a strong entry in the 'fascinating case in a fascinating time' genre."
—The Daily Beast

French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA October 17 at 4:30pm Maison Française de Wellesley College 33 Dover Road, Wellesley

Steven Levingston on Murder Case in Belle Epoque Paris

When
October 16 at 6:30pm
Where
French Cultural Center
53 Marlborough St,
Boston, MA

October 17 at 4:30pm
Maison Française de Wellesley College
33 Dover Road, Wellesley
For an evening, experience firsthand the café atmosphere of the Belle Époque with author and Washington Post  editor  Steven Levingston while hearing about his latest book - a true story of murder in Belle Époque Paris - Little Demon in the City of Light.
 

Little Demon in the City of Light is the thrilling story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a court official at the hands of a ruthless conman and his pliant mistress. What follows is an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power.

In late nineteenth-century France, a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Toussaint-Augustin Gouffé entered 3 rue Tronson du Coudray, he expected nothing but a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard. Instead, he was murdered by her and her companion Michel Eyraud. The body was then stuffed in a trunk and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon.

As the inquiry into the guilt or innocence of the woman the French tabloids dubbed the "Little Demon" escalated, the most respected minds in France debated whether Gabrielle Bompard was the pawn of her mesmerizing lover or simply a coldly calculating murderess. And, at the burning center of it all, a question arose: could hypnosis force people to commit crimes against their will?

For more information, click here and here.
To register at the French Cultural Center event, click here.

 

"An engaging—and finally chilling—portrait of an uneasy era and a city of more shadow than light."
The Washington Post

"Fascinating... A rich portrait of the period, as well as the intriguing story of a notorious murder case, with its strange (and often amusing) cast of characters."
—The Boston Globe

"Equal parts period piece, forensic manual, and legal thriller, the book is a strong entry in the 'fascinating case in a fascinating time' genre."
—The Daily Beast

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