Marcel Petiot Biography
(French Medical Doctor and Serial Killer Who Was Convicted of Multiple Murders)
Birthday: January 17, 1897 (Capricorn)
Born In: Auxerre, France
Marcel André Henri Félix Petiot was a French physician, politician, and convicted serial killer. The remains of 23 of his victims were discovered in the basement of his home in Paris. It has been speculated that he had killed about 60 people but the true number of his victims is not yet known. A native of the French city of Auxerre, Petiot had several issues as a child and was diagnosed with mental illness after he was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation for the criminal activities in his youth. When World War I broke out, he served in the French Army and was gassed, which contributed to further mental deterioration. After the war ended, Petiot earned a medical degree and started practising soon after. However, he earned a reputation for running illegal activities from his practice. He was also involved in politics for a period and became the mayor of his town. Petiot allegedly killed his first victim in the 1920s. During World War II, when France was occupied by Nazi Germany, he and his accomplices lured in Jews, Resistance fighters, and ordinary criminals, with the promise of arranging the passage to a South American country. They subsequently murdered them and stole all their belongings. Petiot was eventually apprehended and executed in 1946.