One fateful day in May of 1901, Paris’ attorney general received a strange letter that shook him to the core. The letter stated that there was a prominent family living in the city that had been involved in something vile. It was an unsigned and handwritten note.
The contents of this note were so disturbing for the attorney general that he immediately decided to conduct an investigation to uncover what had happened.
The family mentioned in this note was the Monnier family. It was not only Paris’ but one of France’s most prominent families. They were a prominent family because of their unparalleled wealth.
The Monnier Family
After receiving orders from the attorney general, the police reached the Monnier estate. The police officers were still baffled why the attorney general tasked them to investigate the Monnier family.
The reason for their bafflement was that this family was quite reputable for their generosity and acts of kindness.
Madam Monnier, in particular, was a notable member of the Parisian high society because of her charitable acts; she even got a community award from renowned Parisians for her contributions.
In fact, the Madam was not the only one who was a well-recognized figure in her community. Her son, a respectable lawyer, known for his excellent academic record, was a part of an affluent society as well.
Madam Monnier also had a young and beautiful daughter named Blanche. Surprisingly for a lot of people, no one had seen her in over two decades.
Most acquaintances described Blanche as a good-natured and gentle person. They said that she used to be a young socialite and mysteriously disappeared during her youth.
However, no one raised any questions after her disappearance as they believed if there was something foul at play in the Monnier family, they would have received some news.
That being said, after some time, some people from the high society started wondering where Blanche was and came calling for her.
After not being able to find her, they dismissed their curiosity and went about with their lives, thinking that Blanche secluded herself due to a newfound need for privacy.
Blanche Monnier Was Finally Discovered
As time went by, people started to raise questions. Some were even direct when asking about where Blanche was. The members of the Monnier family, however, did not provide any clear answer. This raised even more eyebrows, tempting someone to write a letter to the attorney general.
Once the attorney general ordered the police to conduct an investigation, they immediately reached the Monnier estate and started their search.
They were quite thorough with their search and looked for any small detail that would lead them to Blanche. However, they were unlucky and started to believe that the accusations that people were making were not true.
Luckily, however, one of the investigators came across something that seemed out of the ordinary.
He noticed a rotten smell coming from a room upstairs. The policemen went to the suspicious room and tried to open it, only to realize that it was padlocked shut.