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A tragedy lias been brought to light in Paris. A woman named Levy, in walking along the Bonvclard de la Chapelh, observed a man in a blouse, with waxen moustaches, emptying out of a basket pieces of what appeared to her to be fresh meat, and kicking them into a sewer. When lie observed that her curiosity was aroused, he took to flight throwing down the basket. She approached the sower’s mouth, when, perceiving a human arm, she fainted. A crowd immediately gathered, and a commissary of police was fetched. The pieces were collected and put together by a surgeon, who pronounced the contents of the basket to be a human corpse. The head alone of all the members was missing. An enquiry was set on foot, and the woman Levy was sent for by the commissary. On entering his office she knocked against an agent in uniform, which led her to turn round to look at him in order to apologise. She suddenly cried out, “ There’s the assassin.” The poi sons who were with her thought her mad from emotion, but were astounded when .she repeated the accusation, to see the policeman gr-nv pale, tremble, and rush out of the room. Ho was arrested on the stairs and brought back, when, falling on his knees, he avowed the crime. The murdered man was a traveller for a Paris jeweller, and had several boxes of jewels which he was to have taken to the provinces as specimens. The murderer, one Provost, inveigled him, under pretext of wanting to buy a watch chain, to his lodging. There lie offered him a glass of wine, and while the two were hobnobbing, suddenly struck him with a hammer on the forehead, and killed him instantaneously. He proceeded to cut up the body on the spot, and next morning he went to the La Chapelle sewer to hide the evidences of the murder. It was his byboiling the head, to render identification impossible.

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MURDER WILL OUT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 44, 6 January 1880

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MURDER WILL OUT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 44, 6 January 1880