Fiend Fest 2020

Fiend Fest 2020: The Murder of Laetitia Toureaux

For our final obscure unsolved mystery of Fiend Fest 2020, I present to you the double life of Laetitia Toureaux.

Laetitia Toureaux was an Italian woman who moved to Paris when she married. A few years later, her husband died, leaving her penniless. Taking a job at a glue factory to make ends meet, Laetitia spent her days at the factory, and spent her evenings carousing on the streets of Paris.

On the evening of May 16, 1937, Laetitia boarded the Paris Metro. She sat in an empty train car. When the train reached its next stop 45 seconds later, the passengers who attempted to board the car Laetitia was seated in ran out immediately, screaming. Laetitia was dead; A dagger plunged into the back of her neck.

Authorities found that no one had entered or exited the train car in the 45 seconds between the two stops. Because of the angle of the dagger in Laetitia’s neck, it was impossible for her to have done this to herself. It was a true murder mystery.

Who would want a seemingly unassuming woman dead? Authorities later speculated that Laetitia was a spy. Shortly before her death, Laetitia was working as an attendant at a dance hall with a seedy reputation. To make matters worse, she worked there under a false name, all the while discreetly visiting the Italian embassy. Some even speculated that Laetitia was hired to infiltrate the violent political group La Cagoule.

Laetitia Toureaux’s case was dropped at the onset of World War II. It is still one of Paris’s most baffling unsolved mysteries.


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