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Gilles De Rais
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Birth: 1404
Death: Oct. 26, 1440

Mass Murderer. A French nobleman who fought alongside Joan of Arc. Accused and convicted of infanticide - torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of children. He was born in 1404 at Machecoul so of Guy de Montmorency-Laval, who had inherited, via adoption, the fortunes of Jeanne de Rais and Marie de Craon. After the death of his parents in 1415, Gilles was raised by his Godfather. He was married off to Catherine de Thouars of Brittany. From 1427 to 1435, Rais served as a commander in the Royal Army, and in 1429 fought along with Joan of Arc in some of the campaigns against the English and their allies. He retired from military service to his estates, promoting theatrical performances and exhausting the large fortune he had inherited. It was during that time that some say he began to experiment with the occult under the direction of a man named Francesco Prelati, who promised Rais that he could help him regain the fortune Rais had squandered by sacrificing children to a demon called Barron.
After he kidnapped a clergyman named Jean le Ferron during a dispute at the Church of Saint …tienne de Mer Morte in 1440 a invstigation was prompted by the Bishop of Nantes, during which the investigators uncovered evidence of Rais's infanticidal crimes. Action was now finally taken and Rais and his accomplices were arrested on 15 September, on charges which included murder, sodomy, and heresy. He was eventually proven guilty and executed. The precise number of Rais's infanticides is not known, as most of the bodies were burned or buried. The number of murders is generally placed between 80 and 200.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Rais was executed by burning and his body therefore destroyed.
Created by: Medora
Record added: Oct 13, 2006
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 Added: Nov. 24, 2013
In 1992, Jean-Yves GoŽau-BrissonniŤre organized a court consisting of former French ministers, parliament members and UNESCO experts to re-examine the source material and evidence available at the medieval trial. The hearing, which concluded Gilles de Ra...(Read more)
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