Little demon in the City of Light : a true story of murder and mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris / Steven Levingston.
Author: Levingston, Steven.
Edition: First Edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 
ISBN: 9780385536035 (hbk.)
Description: 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject: Gouffé, Augustin Toussaint, 1840-1889.
Eyraud, Michel, 1843-1891.
Bompard, Gabrielle, 1868-1920.
Murder France Paris Case studies.
Paris (France) Social life and customs 19th century.
TRUE CRIME / Murder / General. bisacsh
HISTORY / Europe / France. bisacsh
PSYCHOLOGY / Hypnotism. bisacsh
Summary: "The thrilling--and so wonderfully French--story of a gruesome 1889 murder of a lascivious court official by a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress, an international manhunt, a sensational trial, and an inquiry into the limits of hypnotic power. In France at the end of the nineteenth century a great debate raged over the question of whether someone could be hypnotically compelled to commit a crime in violation of his or her moral convictions. When Alexandre-Toussaint Gouffe entered a Parisian building at 3 rue Tronson Ducoudray for what he thought would be a delightful assignation with the comely young Gabrielle Bompard, only to be murdered--hanged!--by her and her ruthless companion Michel Eyraud, stuffed in a trunk, and dumped on a riverbank near Lyon, that question became the burning center of an inquiry into the guilt or innocence of a woman the French tabloids dubbed "The Little Demon."--