Money Drove the 'Queen of Poisoners'

On this day in 1949, French authorities exhumed the body of Leon Besnard, the son of a very wealthy family from Loudun, France. Leon Besnard was the last of 13 members of his family to die under suspicious circumstances.

For years, the Besnard family had suffered from what locals called the “Besnard Family Jinx”. With members of the family dying left and right, authorities became suspicious of Leon Besnard's wife Marie, as she was soon the only family member left standing.

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