Murder in the Metro: Mysterious Death Leads to Scholarly Work on Gender and Fascism in 1937 France

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Old Dominion University's Quest, Vol: 9, Issue: 1

Publication Year:
2006

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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/history_fac_pubs/22
Author(s):
Finley-Croswhite, Annette; Brunelle, Gayle K.
Tags:
Laetitia Nourrissat Toureaux; Dimitri Navachine; Carlo Rosselli; Nello Rosselli; Cagoule; Comité Secret d'Action Révolutionnaire; Jean Filliol; French society; European History; Political History
article description
(First paragraph) On the 16th of May, 1937, at around 6 p.m., a striking 29-year-old Italian woman wearing a finely tailored green suit, white hat and gloves left a suburban Paris bal musette, or dance hall, and walked quietly toward a bus stop. Approximately 24 minutes later, she stepped off the bus and entered a metro station where she boarded a first class car bound for central Paris. Although the subway platform and the accompanying second-class cars were filled with Pentecost Sunday holiday-makers who had spent the afternoon at the Parc de Vincennes, Laetitia Nourrissat Toureaux sat alone in her first class car. The train departed at 6:26 p.m., and 45 seconds later arrived at the Porte Dorée station where six passengers entered the first-class car and beheld a shocking sight. In front of their eyes, the woman in the green suit fell forward out of her seat, revealing a 9-inch dagger buried in her neck.