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.Soon she met up with a lime-burner called Emile Bouchery and the two of them rented a room at an inexpensive inn.Neither of them made much money and Emile would beat her during their drunken arguments.To make extra cash, Jeanne offered to babysit the owner’s children.He was a busy man so readily agreed to this.She would take the little ones into bed with her for warmth and for company whilst Emile was away.The innkeeper was glad of her services - after all, Jeanne just seemed like a woman down on her luck and he had no inkling of her childkilling history.But all that was about to change.Alerted by screams one night, he caught her strangling his ten-year-old son with a handkerchief.Weber was so caught up in the murder that he had to hit her several times before she released her manic grasp - she was in the throes of a desire that psychologists would later suggest was psycho-sexual.The object of her sadism, the child, who had bitten through his own tongue during the struggle, was dead.This time she’d been caught in the act and was charged with murder - and found guilty.Judged to be insane, she was sent to an asylum in 1908 and found dead there two years later, having died of convulsions, her hands locked around her own throat.One French source claims she died during a ‘crisis of madness’ and suggests she contributed to her own death by self-strangulation.But it’s hard to know the truth as two French novels were written about Weber’s life, causing fiction to fuse with fact.A sexual motiveThe fact that she spent her last years in an asylum has caused some criminologists to put Weber into the ‘Question Of Sanity’ typology - but it seems more likely that she was only insane towards the end of her killing spree.After all, she was sane enough to wait until the parents had left the house before she assaulted their children.And she stopped and pretended to be reviving the children if an unexpected witness appeared.Even with the last case, when the child’s father was elsewhere in the building, she took care to lock the door and isolate the child from its siblings.All of these actions suggest a rational and calculating mind.Those criminologists who see her as a Question Of Sanity case state that there was no motive for her crimes.Others suggest that there may have been a sexual motive - witnesses reported that she was sometimes standing over the dying child in a frenzy.Sexual sadism does seem likely in many strangling cases, with killers half choking the victim, letting them breathe a little, then partly asphyxiating them again.In this way, the killer can play with her - or his - victim’s life whilst looking into their eyes for a cruelly long time.A woman who just wanted to snuff out an infant’s life quickly, perhaps whilst denying the full implications of her own actions to herself, would suffocate their victim by pressing their head into a pillow.Strangling involves a much more intimate and overtly sadistic approach.It’s a power trip - and as an impoverished, unattractive and uneducated woman living in a slum area Jeanne Weber was a woman who would otherwise have had very little power.Murder would have provided incredibly stimulating moments in an otherwise depressingly drab and uneventful life.It’s clear that she sought out many babysitting opportunities to enjoy it.The fact that she killed her relative’s children (and her own) and was able to continue to live with them without betraying any guilt or remorse suggests that she was also a psychopath, a person without a conscience.Psychopaths can be ruthless professionals or brilliant embezzlers.Most of them don’t kill - but if they do they feel little or no remorse.Psychopaths also tend to be of above average intelligence, and if they are criminals they plan their murders carefully.They are usually plausible liars, so much so that guilty psychopaths can effortlessly pass lie detector tests.Jeanne seemed to fit the bill as she originally persuaded France’s top legal experts that she was innocent and sane so that they protested strongly in her favour.She was also given second and third chances by doctors, relatives and even strangers who knew her history.In conclusion, it’s clear that Jeanne Weber had a bad start in life - born into poverty and with too many siblings around for her to be nurtured.Given her later cruel actions, it’s also likely that she was physically abused throughout her miserable childhood.She took to drink very quickly - and it’s known that alcoholism is often hereditary, so perhaps there was also the added abuse or neglect that alcoholic parents bring to the home.She left as soon as she could and became involved with a male alcoholic, who clearly had his own problems.Life shrank to an endless round of drinking cheap wine in a squalid baby-filled tenement until…Partaking in that first murder clearly gave Jeanne Weber a satisfaction she hadn’t known before, and she soon plotted to repeat it.A damaged life went on to damage many others, a theme that will rebound throughout this book.3 Mad about the boyMyra Hindley’s life altering loverMyra Hindley was born on 23rd July 1942 to a working class couple in Manchester, England.Her mother, Hettie, was a machinist and her father, Bob, an aircraft fitter, often away from home because of the war.She was three years old before he came home permanently - and he would later admit that he never took to her.He wasn’t the kind of father who hugged his children or took part in any of their games.After the war Bob worked as a labourer and would take part in boxing matches to bring in a few more pounds.He spent most of this money in the pub, often going there after work and staying there for the evening.Sometimes Hettie’s widowed mother would come round and keep her daughter company, though the two women weren’t particularly close [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]