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One of the strange features in the double murder in the Faubourg St. Honore, that has for some time been the talk of Paris, is the fact that the murderer thought fit to write to the widow of his master and victim to inform .her that it was only for the sake of robbery that he committed his crime. “ I have taken about eighty pounds,” he says, in conclusion, “ with which I mean to make my fortune ; and I pledge myself to return it some day.” Extraordinary as the scruple may look, this is not the first time that a murderer, without feeling much remorse for the deed in itself, has given signs of being quite awake to the pecuniary liability which it entails. Thus the Marquis de Salvere, whose father was murdered at San Domingo, about a quarter of a century ago, received by post, after the lapse of a few years, a sum of eight thousand pounds, with notice that it was a restitution of the amounc robbed, from the murderer himself, who had made his fortune, but declined to give his name and address. In another case a Parisian senator was for years in receipt of a monthly instalment of eight pounds from London, the sender of which was unknown, with notice that the amount would be forthcoming to complete the payment of a sum of twenty-four thousand francs robbed from one of his uncles after murder.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880

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MURDERERS REPAYING STOLEN MONEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880