Murder in the Metro: Mysterious Death Leads to Scholarly Work on Gender and Fascism in 1937 France
Old Dominion University's Quest
(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.
Original Publication Citation
Finley-Croswhite, S. A., & Brunelle, G. K. (2006). Murder in the metro: Mysterious death leads to scholarly work on gender and fascism in 1937 France. Old Dominion University's Quest, 9(1), 19-23.
Finley-Croswhite, Annette and Brunelle, Gayle K., "Murder in the Metro: Mysterious Death Leads to Scholarly Work on Gender and Fascism in 1937 France" (2006). History Faculty Publications. 22.