Cuchet, André

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Name
Cuchet, André Gender: M
André Jamast
born on 3 June 1897 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Paris Arrondissement 4, France, 48n5122, 2e2120
Timezone PMT m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°42' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 11°06 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 24°48'



André Cuchet (1910s)

Biography

French murder victim, along with his mother Jeanne Cuchet (nee Jamast), he was among the first known victims of serial killer Henri Désiré Landru (1869-1922) who murdered at least seven women in the village of Gambais between December 1915 and January 1919.

Born André Jamast, he was Jeanne's illegitimate son. He was recognized by Marcel Jules Cuchet on 31 October 1898 and made legitimate upon the marriage of Marcel Jules and Jeanne in 1904. She was widowed and he lost his adopted father upon Marcel Jules death in 1910.

In July 2014 Landru had escaped to a village near the town of Chantilly, 50 km north of Paris, in the company of Jeanne Cuchet, the pretty, 39-year-old Parisian seamstress who had been widowed. She knew him at this stage as "Raymond Diard", an industrialist from northern France, who had promised to marry her and had persuaded her to give up her job making lingerie for a dress shop in Paris. Cuchet appears to have hoped that Landru, alias Diard, would provide a respectable home for her and her only son André, 17, who was illegitimate.

The balance of Cuchet's relationship with Landru changed completely in early August 1914 when France declared war on Germany. Landru failed to make a rendezvous with Cuchet, who had returned to Paris to be with André, still living in her old apartment. In despair, Cuchet went back to the house near Chantilly, accompanied by André and her brother-in-law, hoping to find the man she still knew as "Diard". The house was empty, but she found Landru's identity papers inside a chest, along with various fake documents. The next day, Cuchet visited Landru's abandoned apartment in southern Paris where she discovered that he was a criminal on the run who should have been deported to New Caledonia.

Cuchet insisted to her sister and brother-in-law that her engagement with Landru was over, but when he reappeared in late August 1914 she resumed their relationship. Meanwhile, she kept a close watch on her patriotic son André, who was desperate to join the army and fight the Germans, even though he was too young to volunteer. In late November 1914, Cuchet suddenly pulled André out of his job at an automobile factory in northwest Paris. At the start of December, Cuchet, Landru (posing as "Monsieur Cuchet") and André moved to a house in Vernouillet, a small town by the Seine, 35 km northwest of Paris. Over Christmas, Cuchet wrote to a woman friend in Paris, explaining that it would not be convenient to visit her in Vernouillet because of the poor weather: "at the moment the place is rather muddy". In mid-January, André learned to his joy that his scheduled recruitment to the army had been brought forward two years to the summer of 1915. He wrote to a friend in the army on 20 January, reporting his good news, and another to an uncle a week later. Then Jeanne and André Cuchet disappeared without a trace. No one ever saw them again. He died on 2 February 1915 in Vernouillet.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Death of Father 1910 (Adopted father, Marcel Jules Cuchet)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Michaël Mandl, copy on file. Same data in his "DOSSIER SPÉCIAL: HENRI DÉSIRÉ LANDRU" [1].

Categories

  • Family : Childhood : Adopted
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim
  • Personal : Birth : Illegitimate birth
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 17)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Lingerie)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Factory work (Automobile)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Victim of serial killer Henri Désiré Landru)