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March 24, 2004
Bad Fiction, Worse Reality

If someone wrote this as a detective novel, it would never sell -- but unfortunately, this one's a true story:

A French policewoman who led a double life as a prostitute appears in court tomorrow as police investigate suspicions that she conspired to murder her rich elderly husband. ... Since arresting Mlle Louis, the police have found that before her marriage, while she worked as a police officer, she led a second life as a call girl under the name of Maud, specialising in rich old men.

Mlle Louis, who denies the conspiracy accusations and will apply for bail tomorrow, says she heard a strange noise in a wheel of their car as they drove in Spain. Her husband got out to investigate and was run over by a white 4 x 4, which then sped off.

I suppose if a woman wanted to make a living as a call girl, specializing in "rich old men" would go along with the job ... er, position ... well, you know what I mean. Maud apparently had maintained a sexual relationship with the father of her 17-year-old son during her marriage to the deceased (who was worth three million pounds), and the police allege that he was the driver of the 4 x 4. She only attracted suspicion because she had her husband cremated, and as a practicing Jew, his friends knew that he would wanted to have been buried instead. The lover, one M. Vaze, claims he had nothing to do with the husband's death, even though he was staying in a nearby hotel when the death occurred, he drove a white 4 x 4, and forensics has determined that the husband was laying down on the ground when he was run over by the vehicle, instead of being knocked to the ground as his wife claimed.

It appears that the ever-adaptable Mlle. Louis bears little relation to M. Poirot.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 24, 2004 7:40 PM

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