Besnard, Marie

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Besnard, Marie Gender: F
Marie Joséphine Philippine Davaillaud
born on 15 August 1896 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Saint-Pierre-de-Maillé, France, 46n4047, 0e5040
Timezone LST m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 23°32' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°31 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 04°23'

Marie Besnard (1961 caricature by Maurice Tournade, with her lawyer Albert Gautrat)
photo: Frederic Tournade, license cc-by-sa-4.0


French accused and acquitted of 13 homicides by poisoning.

At age 23 she married her cousin who died four years later of tuberculosis. Two years after his death she married Leon Besnard. Upon an inheritance from his aunts, Leon's parents moved in with the young couple. Leon's dad however died soon thereafter. His death was found to be caused by eating poisonous mushrooms. Leon's mother followed her husband in death just a few months later.Leon's sister, who shared his family inheritance, was found to have committed suicide. Leon and his young bride became friends with a wealthy childless couple. When both husband and wife died, their estate passed to their beneficiaries, the Besnards. After other deaths of relatives and friends in somewhat mysterious circumstances, Leon himself died. He claimed he was being poisoned but it was not until an exhumation and further tests were conducted that officials confirmed that he had large amounts of arsenic in his system. Other bodies were exhumed and examined; again, arsenic was found. Marie was tried three times for her alleged role in these deaths, with the first trial in 1952, but was either acquitted or the trial ended in mistrial. She was acquitted for the final time on December 12, 1961.

She died on 14 February 1980.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Crime : Trial dates December 1961 (Acquitted for the final time)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'guerre 1914-1918' pdf file, p. 49.

Same data: Paddy de Jabrun quotes birth certificate


  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Twice)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (Alleged)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs