Almost Perfect Crimes

Almost Perfect Crimes

12 Episodes

NONFICTION - DOCUMENTARY | FRANCE | ENGLISH | TV-14
A fascinating investigation into some of the most notorious, infamous and terrifying crimes in French history - cases that gripped the public’s imagination, inspired books and movies and became the catalysts for social change.

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Almost Perfect Crimes
  • The French Jack The Ripper

    Episode 1

    A serial killer targets prostitutes in Paris - 20 years before Jack the Ripper. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2011.

  • Violette Nozière

    Episode 2

    In 1930s Paris, a young girl poisons her parents and claims it was a double-suicide. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2011.

  • Lacenaire, the Poet Assassin

    Episode 3

    A would-be poet becomes an instant celebrity after he is convicted of murder. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2011.

  • The Fualdès Affair

    Episode 4

    A murder case enthralls the French public in the early years of the Bourbon Restoration. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2012.

  • The Soleilland Murder

    Episode 5

    The commuting of a killer's death sentence sparks public outrage in the early 1900s. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2012.

  • Joseph Vacher

    Episode 6

    At the end of the 19th century, a bloodthirsty killer eludes capture until an early form of police profiling is employed. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2012.

  • Eugen Weidmann

    Episode 7

    A self-confessed killer's charm does not prevent his from being the last public execution in France in 1939. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2014.

  • The Landru Affair

    Episode 8

    A serial killer preys upon war widows in Paris throughout the years of World War I. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2014.

  • Hélène Jégado

    Episode 9

    A domestic servant is suspected of killing 36 people with arsenic from 1833 to 1851. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2014.

  • The Bonnot Gang

    Episode 10

    A criminal anarchist gang terrorizes France using cutting-edge technology in the early 1900s. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2014.

  • The Papin Sisters

    Episode 11

    Two sisters admit to a gruesome double murder in a case that shocks the nation. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2012.

  • The Bloody Hostel

    Episode 12

    Built in 1820, the Peyrbeilles Hostel is the scene of a horrific massacre. Directed by Patrick Schmitt and Pauline Verdu, 2012.