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FrenchBorn Marie Fortunée CAPELLE

Convicted of murdering her husband by arsenic poisoning

Born on January 15, 1816 in Paris , France

Died on November 7, 1852 in Ussat, Ariège , France

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Marie-Fortunée Lafarge (née Capelle; 15 January 1816 – 7 November 1852) was a Frenchwoman who was convicted of murdering her husband by arsenic poisoning in 1840. Her case became notable, because it was one of the first trials to be followed by the public through daily newspaper reports, and because she was the first person convicted largely on direct forensic toxicological evidence. However, questions about her guilt had divided French society to the extent that it is often compared to the better-known Dreyfus affair.

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