The Crime Passionnel of Henriette Caillaux: The Murder that Rocked Belle Époque Paris

Mitzi Szereto (author of The Best New True Crime Stories) is her contributor, Dean Jobb’s must-read in this fantastic shout-out.

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When Gaston Calmette returned to the Paris offices of Le Figaro that evening in March 1914, an elegantly dressed woman was waiting to see him. Calmette was editor-in-chief of one of the most influential newspapers in France and his visitor, Henriette Caillaux, was the wife of France’s minister of finance.

For more than two months Joseph Caillaux had been the target of unrelenting attacks and exposés in the pages of Le Figaro. Henriette, determined to spare him from further disclosures and humiliation, pulled out a revolver and shot Calmette four times; he died within hours.

Henriette Caillaux’s crime passionnel shocked France and made headlines around the world. The shots fired in Le Figaro’s office that evening almost toppled the French government and would accomplish what Calmette’s published attacks could not – it would force Joseph Caillaux from office.

As the world hurtled ever closer to the war that was supposed to end all wars, France was fixated on l’affair Caillaux, not the looming threat of German invasion. And a question remained to be answered: would there be justice for Gaston Calmette?

FOR THE FULL STORY OF THIS BRAZEN CRIME OF PASSION, CHECK OUT MY CHAPTER IN MITZI SZERETO’S NEW TRUE CRIME ANTHOLOGY

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The Best New True Crime Stories

Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge

Crimes fueled by emotions. Love, passion, obsession, jealousy, and betrayal. When it comes to emotions, people can react in strange and unexpected ways. Whether it’s a heart hurt by unrequited love, or a lover so passionate they’ll stop at nothing to get their way—even the most mild-mannered soul can suddenly flip, becoming a vengeful spirit with dark intentions. From the ancient Greek myth of Jason and Medea to Shakespeare’s Othello, themes dealing with deeply felt emotions have persisted. But unlike mythology or fiction, The Best New True Crime Stories: Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge contains stories from real life.

A special selection of stories written exclusively for this book. The Best New True Crime Stories: Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge includes stories from around the world and from different times. As with all titles in the popular The Best New True Crime Stories series, this volume contains original nonfiction accounts penned by writers from across the literary spectrum. Dive into these twisted true tales of passion and unrequited love turned violent. Examine why some have fully embraced their dark side, resorting to crime to achieve their own special brand of satisfaction and retribution.