A Paris street becomes the scene of horrible crimes

In 14th century Paris, a series of very bizarre events took place in the rue Chanoinesse, a small street on the Ile de la Cité.


The address was famous among Parisian gourmets — it was where the aristocracy bought their delicious meat pâtés made by a local pastry chef. Even King Charles VI visited the area to enjoy the tasty delicacies.

But the problem with meat pâtés is that it's impossible to know exactly what's in them.

The famous pastry shop was next door to a barber shop and the two owners were good friends. But what these men ended up doing in the cellar of that pastry shop was an evil so unspeakable it's hard to imagine.


The barber intentionally attracted a clientele of young foreign students who lived on the Ile de la Cité.

But why specifically foreign students? Because when they disappeared, very few people noticed.

Lewis Hine, Frank De Natale, 12-year old barber, Boston, 1917

While shaving his clients, the barber would drag them down to his cellar and slit their throats with the razor.

The pastry chef would soon show up and take the corpses to his shop where he made pâtés out of them. His famous delicacies were actually made of human flesh!

This macabre collaboration lasted three years and would have lasted much longer if it hadn't been for a very special witness to their crimes: a dog.

One of the students who had fallen victim to the barber and the pastry chef had a dog. The faithful pet had waited in front of the barber shop for its owner to return. The student also had a wife, and when she came looking for him, she found the dog outside the shop.

The wife became suspicious and summoned the police. When they searched the shop, the horrible crimes were discovered.

When police found a pile of human bones and flesh, the barber and the pastry chef were arrested.

As punishment for their horrible crimes, the two murderers were burned alive and their stores were destroyed.

After that, this area of the rue Chanoinesse was abandoned. Nobody wanted to live in an area where such horrible crimes had been committed.

A century later, the street finally came back to life. Many of the buildings were restored and some of the original stones from the cellar are still there. The ironic thing is, one of the buildings on the rue Chanoinesse is now a police station!

The rue Chanoinesse was the scene of some very bloody and dreadful crimes. If you ever go to Paris, don’t miss the opportunity to have a walk on the Ile de la Cité, and when you do, be sure to take a stroll down that charming street that hides a very dark past…





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