On this installment, we’re going full-on historical horror and discussing the notorious 15th century French knight Gilles de Rais, a fantastically wealthy war hero who fought alongside Joan of Arc, but is also suspected of raping, torturing, and murdering over 100 children and believed to the the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s tale of Bluebeard. But how much of Gilles’s criminal rap sheet is actually verified? Some researchers think that the entire litany of murder and mayhem attributed to Gilles was nothing but an elaborate witch hunt to get a hold of his vast fortune, property, and power. Don your armor and break out the brioche as Tom and Jenny break down the fascinating case of the alleged real-life Bluebeard on episode 144.
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