“Dr. Satan,” France’s World War II Serial Killer Physician

No one knows how many people Dr. Marcel Petiot murdered

Tim Gebhart
6 min readApr 1, 2021

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Mugshot of Dr. Marcel Petiot after his 1944 arrest (Source: Wikimedia Commons)’

GGay Paree didn’t exist while German forces occupied Paris in World War II. The “City of Light” had blackout requirements, a 9 p.m. curfew, and shortages of food, clothing, and tobacco. Amidst this, a man who would be called “Dr. Satan” preyed upon those desperate to escape…

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Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com