If you were fascinated by The Devil in the White City, allow us to suggest a new true crime book that spotlights a gruesome reality during a celebrated time in history: Steven Levingston’s Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris. The “Little Demon” in question is 20-year-old Gabrielle Bompard, who lured a wealthy Parisian to her rooms where he was then strangled by her lover. When all was exposed, Gabrielle’s defense was that she had been under a hypnotist’s suggestion and so couldn’t be held responsible for her actions. The resulting scientific and legal debates became a story in themselves. History, science, justice, passion — take your pick! You’ll find it in this meticulously researched but surprisingly easy-to-read true tale.
Nonfiction: Little Demon in the City of Light by Steven Levingston
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