Tuesday, November 10
Violette Nozière, not only subject of a poem by André Breton, but an enfant terrible (or perhaps exemplaire) of the French judiciary system. Convicted to execution for killing her incestous, abusive father and her mother (who survived and eventually reconciled with her daughter) by poisoning and subsequent gassing, her death sentence was reverted to life imprisonment in 1934, at which time she was 19 years old. She was then sentenced to 12 years forced labour and released in 1945.
She was a case extraordinaire amongst the French surrealists as well, who dedicated a book to her defense, and with Breton writing this poem about her (that I fell in love with in French class today).