A Wholesale Murderer.
journals mention the arrest of a man who is supposed to have committed several murderee in the vicinity of that city, his victims in every case being servant girls.
His last attempt was made upon a young woman, named Marie Pichon
, employed in a silk manufactory.
She met the man last week.
and he asked her if she knew any young woman in want of a situation, as he was looking for a servant for his master, who lived at a chateau a few miles from Lyons
Tempted by the wages offered, she agreed to take the place herself.
She accordingly went by rail from Lyons
, which the man said was the nearest station to his master's chateau.
On alighting at Montreal
the fellow took the girl's trunk on his shoulder, and said they would go the nearest way across the fields.
After walking some distance, he pretended to be tired, and said he would hide the trunk among the vinces and fetch it in his master's cart.
The girl's suspicions were soon afterward excited by seeing the man pick up a large stone, and she accordingly kept a short distance behind him. After walking some time in this manner, the man turned back suddenly and tried to throw a cord with a running noose over her head.
She, however, succeeded in getting away, and met a guard champerty, who went back with her to look for the box, but it was gone.
The man was soon after apprehended.
In his lodgings were found seven umbrellas, and articles of female apparel, evidently belonging to different persons.
It is certain that two girls have been murdered and several robbed under similar circumstances, and there seems good reason to suppose that the man in custody is the author of these crimes.