Serge Janouin-Benanti

The "Boyaux Rouges" Confessor

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13 Crimes in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Thirteen captivating criminals cases from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region will transport you to a land of belfries, coal mines, and incredible true stories, including:

  • The life of coal miner Valentin Hudziak, in Oignies and Ostricourt, a man captured at Noyelles-sous-Lens and guillotined at Cuincy although he deserved to be honored as one of the first members of the French Resistance
  • The mysterious band of criminals from Audresselles, operating from Calais to Boulogne with the incredible Joseph Lemettre
  • In Arras, the horrible Dr Godart
  • The busy markets of Béthune and Bruay, animated by the inimitable egg merchant from Oeuf-en-Ternois, Bruno Brillois
  • From Bavincourt to Saint-Pol, between love and hatred, the story of Catherine Dehée also known as the widow Hennebois
  • In Arras, Louis Thumerel, fascinated by all the gold in the Société Générale bank
  • In Boulogne, the terrible bigamist Jean-Baptiste Leduc, who committed horrific crimes
  • Mrs. Courbot and Mr. Ancel, the terrible lovers of Vedringhem, who threw a bothersome husband into the Aa river, close to Saint-Omer
  • In Bruay, Hersin-Coupigny, Barlin, Bully, Lens, the actions of the crazy Carpentier gang
  • In Lumbres, the consequences of thwarting the very young Bruno Lesecq’s devouring passion for a beautiful fifty-year-old cook
  • The famous Muchembled cousins from Rivière: both criminals and novelists
  • In Cambrai, the awful assassin Maximilien Longuetwho even frightened even his confessor, a priest accustomed to hearing the sins of the worst criminals in the region
  • And finally, the fatal trip of Raoul Tremblié which started in Buenos Aires and ended in Dunkerque, Douai and Saint Omer.