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THE STRANGE STORY OF A FRENCH CRIMINAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2049, 29 January 1889
THE STRANGE STORY OF A FRENCH CRIMINAL.
■ » The following conofße and Interesting history of the career of Prado, whose crimes have recently been expiated on the scaffold, ts from th.3 Paris correspondence of the "New York Herald" :— Prado, the myHtetloua assassin of Marie Agultant (or A^aitao), the extraordinary (Jounl Liuak de Onatlllon, whoso exploits for ths pcsfc BJx months provided Paris with at ever varying series of senaattons, is now on trial. Never did Gaborlau or P^nsou de Terrall evolve from their prollfio bralog i hero with' a more strangely adventnrout career. Although volames have b&en writ tec ebout the assassin of Marie Agotftant Prado stills remains an enigma. Foi three years past M. Falclmalgue Sabstltat da Procu?eur General, hai worked at bis dossier, and, with unremit ting toll, has unrarelled the strange threads of hla career. , Jl STARTUNO DOCUMENT. M, Fslcimalgue has now drawn up, the acte d' accusation, which will long be remembered la the annals of Fr^nol criminal jurisp'udenoe. At 10 o'clock on the evening of the 28 h of last November a man was arrestad on the banks of the Seine, near the Qua! dc la Oonferenoa, fot having committed ac audaolous robbery, after having wounded a poliooman with a revolver. This man was Llnsk de Oaßtilion. He gave hit name, however, *s Prado v Ribo, The name w g false, f a were also tb< names Meudrz*, Haro, and Grasset, bj which he had successively styley himaelf. Tbe name of " Liosk de Oastillon" la, m f»ot, inscribed In the registry of the last marriage he contracted at Madrid, ot November Ist, 1887, and also m tbe ocr tlfioate of birth of his child, whose mothci was a woman named Ooaronneaa, living at Bordeaux. He btmeelf explains that this marrlag< was oelebratei by the aae of forged paper and consequently his etat civil is unknown although it Is firmly believed that he Is i son of Napoleon, and that his mother wai a lady-in-waiting at the Court of th< Empire. What Is certain is that m 1868 he wen I to aohool (he then being 13 years old) a Dijon, and that an elderly lady m affluen olroumstanoer, who was always dressed It black, and who ius now mysteriously dis appeared, used to have obarge cf him. I was then he committed bis first crime b; robbing his mother of all her j twels, am running away. He then travelled roun< the world. He stopped at Me z imbiqae at Oaloatta, at Hongkong, at Haytl, »m San Franoisoo, and remained for severa months In New York. In 1872 he wa a lieutenant m the army of Dog Oarloß Taking-advantage of a ten days' leave o abseno?, he oroßsed the fcoatier lnt< Fraoae, and effected a robbery of 8000fr Ha r j >ined the army m time to diatln gaish nimielf *t tho siege of San Sebas tian. Doriag the Biege he was takei prisoner, and sentenced to be shot, bu the daughter of the Governor of Bai Sebastian, whom he had seduced, savei bis life. Afterwards he was badly wonndei at the battle of Sommorostro, and wa carried In an ambulanoe to a hospital where be was nursed by a sister of Oharltj of the Order of St Vincent de Panl, H aedaoed the Sister of Charity, who was i near relative of the Dqke of— — » ( am afterwards married her, and made a torn with her to Jerusalem, Palestine, Syria and Egypt, He brought his wife baok t< Naples m a eying condition, and she diet at Xsohla. It ia believed that he polsonei her. Prado then went to Sivona, where h< distinguished himself by stealing, li broad daylight, and In one of the moa frequented streets ..of the city, 30,000f worth of jewellery. Tiro hours afterwards he disposed of the jewels, ant returned to Europ>, After having taken part m the las oampalgq of the Oarllat Insurrection hi went to Peru. At Lima he married « woman of excellent family, who broughl him a dowry of 1,20G,000f. By thti wife he had one child, who died young His wife also died very suddenly. Or the day of his wife's funeral he los 400,000f. In a game of poker. Driven out of Lima by the Indigoaut relatives oi his] wife, he returned to Lisbon. He ther went on a voyage of dlsoovery to Momm blque and Madagasoar, lending aooounti of his travels to tho Royal Geographioa Sooioty of Madr^. Next ye«r he returnee to Madrid, and opened a gambling house where m one night he won 200,000f . bj means of a cheaciug roulette table. "This," Prado said, "Is the onlj money that I ever earned with real pleasure, for on that oooaalon I robbed the robbers themselves," In a few days he spent all his money and, by making' love to a Spanish marchioness, eighty yeais of age, he succeeded In getting her to make him present! worth 80 OOOf. In 1879 he met »t San Sebastian a beautlfql Spanish lady named Doloree Garoosey Maroilla, who Is descended from the kings of Arragon, and on the Ist ol November married her at Madrid. She brought with her a dowry of 170,0001 This wife Is still living In Madrid, In a garret In the most oruel misery. la a letter to the Prooareur Gfaeral she relates a heartrending tale of how Prado seduced her, married her, stole her property, brutally maltreated her, and finally left her In the gutter. In 1883 Prado left Spain snd otme to live In Paris, where he became a chemist md swindled M. Ramos, a partner In a Boheme for the ohemloal disinfection of the Paris hospitals, out of his money. While In Paris he seduoed a young lady and after other adventures of the same kind, he lived maritally with a woman named Eagtfnle. Forrestier (Mmc Varliy), who for three months bad been separated from her husband. This woman became passionately fond of him, and gave h<m all her money. At this time his entire property consisted of the clothes he had on and three shirts. It was while he was living with Mmc Varlay that the terrible m order of Marie Age 6tant beoame the sensation of Paris. Marie Agnrftant was murdered on the night of January 14, 1886, on tho third storey of No 52, Rue Oaumartln. Marie Agorfcant was a femme galanfo. She cohabited m 1886 with a man named Bias, the secretary of a Parisian club, But as M. Bles never game home before 4 o'clock m the morning Marie Agutf sant took advantage of the fact to spend her evenings at the. Cafrf Am6*rloaln or at tbe Eden Theatre, whenoo she often brought home with her to snpper ohanoe acquaintances, especially American and English tourists. Marie Ague* -ant had saved about 100,000f and had some splendid diamonds She was In the habit of showing theae diamonds to her oasual acquaintances. When reproaohed with her imprudence Bhe would exclaim, " Tho only persons who are robbed ate those who conceal what they have I " On the 14th January Marie Agudtant was at the Kden Theatre. She was seen to leave the theatre at half past tea iv sompany with a man In an English overjoat and wearing a felt bat. She had jften been seen In company with this nan, whom she called ''Son petit imrfrloaln." She returned with "Son ?etit AmeMoaln " to her apartment. Evangellne opened the door, lighted tbe amp, and prepared the bedohamber. Fvhen tha servant girl retired Matle was nearly undressed. During he night Prado took great pains to turn ils baok always to the light, bo that the ervant girl was unable when examined o reoftll his features. At 4 o'olook m the morning Bleb ame home. He found the door open, roe servant girl, greatly embarrassed at ; 'tat she belfiH^ wouW ba n dpmwtfo
qn vrrei, exclaimed " Madame itaib avee un monsieur." Farioua, and revolver m hand, Blw dashed Into the bedroom determined to kill the intruder. He stumbled over something on the floor, which proved to be the head oi Marie Aga&ant. severed ooraplofcely from the body. The trunk of the corpga, merely oovered by a ohemlse, lay across the fireplace. The carpet was com* plotely saturated with blood. A writing desk had been burst opsn, and Marie Agce'iant's ready money, some 5000f., and all her jawelg had disappeared, Ta-3 same night Frado entered the apartment of Mme. Varlay, No. 11, Bis Rue Baudin, and went to bed is uiai). He did not .sleep, and daring the night got np continually to wash his hands. While smoking a elzaretta he said that a w nun had been murdered In P*r!s, and that everyone waa talking about It; Bat at that moment no living soul m Paili knew that Marie Aguftant had been . mardered exoept Prado. Mmc V«r!»y noticed that Prado's arms and free boref treces of deep scratches, apparently madt by a woman's finger nails. Next morning he got np early and put on his dressing gown. On retiring to the bedroom he banded Mmc Varlay a lOOf. bank note whioh had been cat by some sharp lnitra* meat, saying that be had reosivad It from a f rlettd staying at the Grande Hotel, and that the out In the bank note had been made by the Custom House officers at the frontier. He then took another. bank note oat of his overooat pooket, gave it to Mmc Varlay, and dressed himself. fifvaa Varlay noticed that ha Bhlrt sleeves and his overcoat were stained with blood. - When Mm?. Varia; we it oat bi asnal to buy the breakfast, Prado told her to bring with her * Petit Journal. At 9 o'clock Mme. Varlay returned to the apartment and surprised Prado m the aofc rf burning his shirt m the kltohen stove. He said, " I have reasons for doing this, but remember it is none of yonr business, A few moments after, he burnt np bit boots In the kitchen stove. Mme. Varlay remonstrated with him for this,' beoauie the boots were new ones. At 4 o'olook ha went out, but did not shave himself at ueaalt as be said, "I have no rtzor. I left my razir to be sharpened at the barber's." He wore his covert coat, bit soft felt hat, and bis description then corresponded exiotly with that of the man seen m Marie Agcitam'a company on the previous evening at the Eden theatre. At 6 o'olook he came home again, wearing a blaok suit of olotbes, on olive green overcoat, and a tall silk hat,. He said, •• I gave away my old clothes to a beggar." ■•■•-?. Prado and Mme. Varlay dined at a restaurant, and Prado spoke la a iokinjr way of the murder that all Paris wan now talking a,bout. Mmc Varlay reproached him for joking m such a hard-hearted way; and he replied, "Oh, It is only one woman leas In the world, and plenty more will be killed before lon£ 1" Next day he oame home at 6 o'olook In the evening, af tor having been absent all the afternoon. He was very feverish, aa4 ' said that he was obliged to leave abeam for Spain. He had no appetite, and would not toaoh the dainty dishes Mme< Varlev had prepared for him. By his order Mme. Varlay paoked up all her luggage and acoompanied him to one of his friend*, named Ybanea/ On the way Prado bought a.p«lr of trousers, and at YbanezV room a valise half filled with wewloe apparel awaited him. All three tbisS went to the Gare d'Orleang, where Ptado bought a ticket foe Bordeaux* Mme. Varlay accompanied him as fa* as Etampep. She was aßtmlahed afe this sudden departure, whioh resented a fight from justice, and oould. aot restrain herself from aaying : '< Are you sur^you have not committed some crime ? Ton seem to be trying to esoape from somebody." Prado laughed at her and called her a stupid? fool. She afterwards read m tbe paper* a description of Marie Aug<sant's murderer, and nearly fainted away when shev found that it tallied m every detail w/itb that of her lover. Soon afterwards the* /eoelved letters from Prado, da»s,d Madrid aod Baragoasa, promUiug Cer money. Ybanez one day handed, her 400f., together with a letter Zrom Prado telling hM , fe s n Vt"l hln- hi W«bon, whence they would Mil for Amarioa. But after thla Mmc Varlay heard nothing more of Prado, ...-.•• n ; Prado afterwards mat a lady named Oouroneau at Bordeaux. She was accompanied by ber daughter, a charming young girl named M&urlcette, with whom Prado fell head over heels In love. He said that he was a Polish nobleman, that hia name was Oomte de Idnska, and that he wished to marry Maoricette. Mmc Oouroneau eald that it would take some time to have the necessary panels) prepared for the marriage. :.-. Two days afterwards Prado seduced Maurioette and ran np tremendoui bills whioh the mother paid. Iv September/ 1886, Maudoette Oouroneau became enceinte. To conceal bee disgrace het mother took her to Angonleme. A child waa born. Prado Insisted that Mautloette should continue to Ahra .wlttLhiM M till mistress, but aaid thafto marryW would! plaoe a stain upon the escutcheon of his -nobility,. la June, 1887, Prado left Maurlcette and went to Royan, where he Jn b nnne a i«welle» named Forgeret of lU,OOOf. He subsequently returned to .Paris, where he met a stockbroker named Loretz>, whom he swindled out«of ,150,0n0f. It wbb for this that he waa arrested In Paris, and it wai on thla occasion that he shot, and seriously wounded the police ofllaer who effected his capture- Booh is the indlotment against Prado. [Reoent cables announoed that Prado was convicted and sentenced to death, He appealed to the President of the Republic for a reversal of tbe lentenoe, bat, this was refused, and the extreme penalty has since been carried out ]
THE STRANGE STORY OF A FRENCH CRIMINAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2049, 29 January 1889
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