Violetta Nozier

Violetta Nozier

Country: France

  1. The Biography of Violetta Nozier
  2. The Early Years
  3. The Trials
  4. The Nozier Family
  5. The Poisoning
  6. The First Attempt
  7. This was the first poisoning attempt. But not the last...
  8. The Relationship with Jean Dabern
  9. The Plan to Escape
  10. The Second Poisoning Attempt
  11. The Aftermath
  12. The Arrest
  13. The Trial
  14. The Trial's Verdict
  15. The Sentencing
  16. Rehabilitation and Freedom
  17. Source: The Most Dangerous Maniacs

The Biography of Violetta Nozier

The Early Years

Violetta Nozier, a beautiful eighteen-year-old girl, whose name has entered the history of French criminalistics, captivated both the public and poets, who turned her into a symbol of the priestess of love. Surrealists dedicated an enthusiastic book to Violetta Nozier, which included poems by Andre Breton, Benjamin Peret, and Paul Eluard. Paul Eluard wrote the following lines dedicated to the young Parisian: "Violetta tried to unravel / And unraveled / The terrible tangled mass / Of blood ties."

The Trials

Everyone who was attracted to the sharp scent of crime and adultery tried to take over the Palace of Justice during the trial of Violetta Nozier in October 1934. She was accused of poisoning her parents and committing incestuous acts.

The Nozier Family

In the Nozier family, who lived on Madagascar Street near the Lyon train station, Violetta was the only daughter, the subject of boundless adoration and blind trust of her parents. Her father, Baptiste Nozier, was a locomotive engineer entrusted with the honor of driving the president of the republic's train. His reputation was impeccable in every respect: an excellent worker, husband, and father. His family seemed very close-knit and happy. However, under the weight of parental love, Violetta began to suffocate. When she turned sixteen, she had her first lover, and soon she couldn't control herself and started changing men one after another. She had enough pocket money to enjoy herself, but it was not enough to maintain her image. After all, Violetta convinced everyone that her father was an engineer, her mother worked for the famous designer Paken, and she herself was a mannequin. Maintaining such an image was not easy - money was needed, and to get it, she occasionally engaged in prostitution. It brought in income, but in the end, it rewarded her with syphilis. Upon learning of this, Violetta was horrified and wondered how to confess to her parents? She decided to present herself as an innocent lamb: she persuaded her treating doctor, Dr. Deron, to issue a certificate stating that she was a virgin, which meant that her illness was hereditary.

The Poisoning

Her parents, of course, believed her. On a March evening in 1933, she brought medicine, supposedly from the doctor, for her parents to take to avoid infection. The Nozier couple swallowed large doses of veronal. The doses were huge, but not enough... Taking the "medicine," the Noziers went to bed. They groaned in their sleep. Violetta set fire to the curtains and called the firefighters. Perhaps she wanted to make it look like her parents suffocated from the smoke? Or was she scared?

The First Attempt

This was the first poisoning attempt. But not the last...

The Relationship with Jean Dabern

In the early summer of 1933, Violetta met Jean Dabern, a twenty-year-old law student, and fell in love with him. Her chosen one also seemed madly in love: whenever they had a free moment, the young couple locked themselves in a hotel room. Dabern had little money, but Violetta had some: she secretly engaged in prostitution.

The Plan to Escape

The lovers wanted to live together, but to do that, they needed to get rid of the guardianship of their parents. Violetta was tired of lying and deceiving all the time. But most importantly, she needed their savings - 180,000 francs.

The Second Poisoning Attempt

Having made a final decision, on the evening of August 21, Violetta brought packets of white powder to her parents. She repeated everything she had done before. Thirty-six veronal tablets were crushed into powder and divided into two paper packets. The third packet was prepared for herself, assuming that she would take the same medicine as her parents since syphilis treatment was ongoing. But the contents of this packet were harmless, and its shape was different from the other two. Violetta was not afraid of making a mistake. She had a fake letter from Dr. Deron, and her parents had no suspicions.

The Aftermath

The poison took effect. Violetta spent several hours listening to her parents' wheezing and groaning, occasionally entering the bedroom. When her father and mother fell silent, Violetta searched the house for money but found only three thousand francs. She closed the apartment door behind her and disappeared into the night.

The Arrest

She wandered aimlessly around the city for a whole day and returned home on the evening of August 22 to finish the job. Her dead father lay in bed. The pillows were stained with blood. Her mother had collapsed on the floor and was unconscious. Violetta dragged her next to her father's bed and undressed her. Then she turned on the gas and woke up the neighbors. She explained that her parents had committed suicide. Just now, when she came home, she found them dead.

The Trial

The police immediately established that suicide was out of the question. The gas meter showed that the gas consumption had been minimal since the last reading. In addition, Mrs. Nozier showed typical signs of poisoning. The next day, the police brought Violetta to her unconscious mother's bedside. In a panic, Violetta ran away. Now, there was no doubt that she had committed the crime.

Violetta was arrested five days later. She was brought to the police by a man who recognized her from the portrait published on the front pages of the newspapers.

The Trial's Verdict

The trial of Violetta Nozier began in early October 1934. The first words of the presiding judge, Peyre, were very harsh: "One of the characteristics of your character is a tendency to lie," he said. "You lied to your parents, your friends, your lovers. Sometimes for no reason at all. Today, you stand before the judges. Are you ready to tell the truth?" "Yes, Mr. President," she answered in a weak voice, still retaining something of a small child.

Violetta remained silent in court, stifled by the gazes directed at her. The presiding judge asked impartially, "Did you intend to poison your parents?" "Yes, Mr. President," her answer barely audible. Peyre then spoke in an icy tone about the horrific evening of August 21.

At the end of the trial, Peyre pronounced the final words, "I tried in vain to find any fact that could serve as a mitigating circumstance. And I found none. If such a fact exists, I allow you to declare it, Miss Nozier."

Miss Nozier! A humiliating address. Violetta stood up. Apparently, she was deeply moved. "Mr. President, I apologize, I apologize to everyone for what I have done. I beg for my mother's forgiveness!"

After the night when the crime was committed, Violetta and her mother saw each other only once. This happened at the St. Antoine hospital a few days after her mother regained consciousness. Violetta fell to her knees in front of her, begging for forgiveness. In a monotone voice, as if from the grave, Mrs. Nozier said, "I will forgive you only after your death."

The Sentencing

Violetta was sentenced to death. The court found her guilty and sentenced her to be executed. However, her sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. She was imprisoned in various French prisons.

Rehabilitation and Freedom

In 1934, President Albert Lebrun reduced her sentence, and she was transferred to the Agno prison in Alsace. Her mother visited her often, and they corresponded. In 1937, Violetta publicly recanted her accusations of incestuous acts against her father in a letter to her mother.

On August 28, 1945, exactly twelve years after her arrest, Violetta Nozier was released. A smiling young man carried her suitcase. He was her fiancé. In December 1946, Violetta married him and brought her mother to live with them.

Violetta died before her mother. They were buried together in one grave with her murdered husband. But the one who rests beside her slain lover is no longer a criminal. Her exemplary life and the persistence of her lawyer, de Vezin-Larue, led to an incredibly unprecedented result: in March 1963, Violetta Nozier, the poisoner and patricide, was rehabilitated by the court of Rennes and fully restored to her rights. Moreover, her conviction was completely overturned - an utterly unique measure in the history of French justice against a death-sentenced criminal.

It is worth mentioning that after gaining her freedom, getting married, and becoming an exemplary and devoted wife and mother to her family, Violetta Nozier raised her children excellently.

Source: The Most Dangerous Maniacs