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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Poisoner - To collect insurance money
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1912 / 1918
Date of arrest: August 21, 1918
Date of birth: 1875
Victims profile: Louis Pernotte / Madame Monin
Method of murder: Poisoning
Location: Paris, France
Status: Committed suicide in prison by means of swallowing a germ cultive on May 1921

Girard, Henri

A French killer-for-profit, Girard insured his victims' lives before poisoning them with home-grown germ cultures and collecting the cash. Arrested in 1921 and charged with two homicides -- committed in 1912 and 1918, respectively -- Girard was awaiting trial on capital charges when he committed suicide by means of swallowing a germ culture.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers


Henri Girard, "The First Scientific Murderer"

The case of Henri Girard is important because ir represent one of the first known uses of biological agents to carry out a poisoning homicide.

The financial manipulator Henri Girard, purportedly a rather dashing-looking Parisian, made it his practice to insure the lives of various acquaintances and have himself listed as their primary beneficiary.

These people soon died under mysterious circumstances by his hand. Girard's poisonous weapons of choice were the natural toxins from the mushrooms of genus Amanita, as well as various pathogenic bacteria.

Soon after the deaths of Girard's acquaintances Louis Pernotte and Madame Monin, the insurance companies became very suspicius, and an investigation ensued..

Girard was taken into custody in 1912 but cheated the French court by taken one of his own toxic germ cultures (most likely typhoid), wich he had secreted in his personal effects (Kershaw, 1955).

Criminal poisoning - John Harris Trestrail, III



MO: Poisoned acquaintances for life insurance.



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