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The murder of the Marquise de GangesThe Terrific Register; or, Record of Crimes, Judgments, Providences, and Calamities. London: Sherwood, Jones, and Co., 1825.
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The Marquise de Ganges, rich, and esteemed as one of the most beautiful women at Court of Louis XIV, was both poisoned and stabbed by her brothers-in-law – and the reports claimed they would have shot her too, had the gun not misfired. The murderers were sentenced in absentia to death and her husband, suspected of having conspired with them to obtain her fortune, was deprived of his title and estates and banished perpetually.  The Marquise's story, like that of Arden, was repeated over and over, both in cheap, sensational publications and in retellings by writers of merit, including Alexandre Dumas.  The accounts usually contained more sex than one would expect for a crime that was doubtlessly financially motivated: in early versions, printed within ten years of the crime, the Marquise is praised for her great beauty as well as her moral character.  The nineteenth-century version shown here manages to include the incestuous attentions of the future murderers, as well as a gratuitous charge of "coquetry, which, no doubt, she was entirely innocent." 

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