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“C’est là
que se sont réfugiés les fous criminels! / Du Nouveau Dans L’Affaire Des Fous Criminels,” Le Petit Journal. September 18, 1938. Pages 1 & 2.

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“La technocratie serait  le règne des ingénieurs / Le negre assassin avait deja commis deux attentats,” Le Petit Journal. January 29, 1933. Page 05.

A story about the glory of technocracy – very popular in Québec at the time – and a murder story about Lloyd Price.

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“La ‘Femme-aux-Trois-Mains’ Opere A Montreal,” Le Petit Journal. December 4, 1932. Page 01 & 03.

Story about the ‘three-handed woman’, a pick-pocket scam operating in department stores that had just recently arrived in Montreal.

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“St-Vincent-De-Paul??/Confidentiel!/Au Penitencier de St-Vincent-De-Paul: Les Vrais Motifs de la Revolte.” Le Petit Journal, November 13, 1932. Page 1 & Page 20.

As always, the hebdomadaire tabloids are the most ‘colourful’ in their coverage. The cover story, and the addendum tucked in the bottom left, is about an old convict of the federal prison in Laval, St-Vincent-De-Paul, coming forward anonymously to explain the ‘real reasons’ of the revolt. Again, Chester Crossley, here identified as ‘Jazz’ Crossley, a racist and fictional nickname, is identified as the ‘diabolical genius’ behind the revolt. However, the old inmate also mentions the poor food, spoiled milk, and harsh punishments as being key factors in the prisoner revolt.  As a bonus, a story about the capture of Valleyfield bandit Onésime Sauve.

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“CAUSES DE LA RÉVOLTE AU PÉNITENCIER – L’ENQUÊTE EST COMMENCÉ,” Le Petit Journal, November 6, 1932.  Front Page and Page 22, covering speculation and rumour, as well as fact, about the origin, nature, and course of the Saint-Vincent De Paul penitentiary riot.  Typical of Le Petit Journal, the coverage is mostly about themselves.

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“L’homme qui souffrait de la ‘bosse du crime’,” Le Petit Journal, October 20, 1932.  Page 05.

A story relating the case of a Austrian man, Karl Grunsberg, heir of an industrialist family, who as a child was injured and turned criminal – and the Viennese doctor, Herr Fursberger, who used experimental brain surgery to cure him of his criminality.  An article advocating for the mostly discredited by the 19th century theory of the ‘bosse du crime’ – an area of the brain whose prominence was connected to violent or criminal behaviour.

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“Celebre Nageuse, Actrice Et Femme De Lettres,” Le Petit Journal, October 2, 1932. Page 28.  Profile and vaguely sports-related pictures about Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer, actress, bathing suit designer and writer.

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“Une visite au “prisonnier no. 52″ après la faillite de la revolution monarchiste,” Le Petit Journal, October 2, 1932.  Page 4.

Profile of the prison of Dueso and interview in prison with General José Sanjurjo, leader of the attempted monarchist ‘revolution’ in Seville during August 1932, the Sanjurjada.  

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“La Femme Vampire d’Helsingfors / Disciples de la Bible Noire.” Le Petit Journal, December 11 1932. Pages 1 & 7.

”The six necromancers who profaned cadavers in the cemetery of the village of Malmi

were just sentenced in Finland. They pretended to know the secret of creating remedies that restore the vitality of a man by using human remains. It was a woman, Ida Viden, who first concocted the idea of stealing cadavers for preparing miraculous potions. This woman was sentenced to three years in prison.  Our readers can find on page 7 details of the hallucinatory trial of the sinister madmen that just unfolded.”

– from the front page

La Bible Noire. Kalio, the chief of the sect, declared he has been a ‘mage’ since 1910.  He gained his knowledge from the ‘Black Bible’ periodically available in Finland. Instructed by this manual of black magic, Kalio decorated his chamber with several [death’s heads / skeletal heads] procured from the nearby cemetery of Malmi and made them the centrepoint of complicated rites. After dropping the skulls in boiling water, Kalio placed them on the table and lit a candle upon them. Then, he invoked spirits. It seems they did not deign to reply to Kalio’s appeals, as he claimed they seldom visited their sacred order.

Idea of a woman. It was a woman, named Ida Viden, who first came up with the idea of stealing human remains from the Malmi cemetery for preparing miraculous cures. However, Kalio remained the uncontested chief of this sect of necromancers.  For twenty years he remained head of the other adepts of the ‘Black Bible.’  The sect first constituted by Kalio and Ida Veden soon won over new adepts, three men and one woman.”  

– from the page 7 story

I’ve found no other evidence of this case yet – though I can’t read Finnish which really limits research.  Le Petit Journal was a Quebecois tabloid with very right-wing sympathies – a tale of a female necromancer and cultist stealing bodies fits well with the rest of their coverage of murders, bank robberies, prison escapes, evil Communists, sexual violence, and celebrations of racism. Malmi is a suburb of Helsinki.

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