French Socialite Who Vanished For 25 Years Found In Their Attic.

French Socialite Who Vanished For 25 Years Found In Their Attic.

Loving the wrong man was a serious business in the past as the incredible story of a French woman who was locked up in a small room for 25 years.

In Paris 1876, 25-year-old Blanche Monnier was a typical socialite scrambling to find a suitor before it was too late. She fell in love with an older, broke lawyer, who her aristocratic mother disliked, and set her heart on marrying him. 

Then, Blanche just disappeared. Nobody saw her in public again. Her mother and brother mourned her, and went on with their daily lives. But behind the appearance, they were hiding a terrible secret.

On 23 May 1901, the office of the attorney general of Paris received a letter. The unsigned message read: 'Monsieur Attorney General: I have the honor to inform you of an exceptionally serious occurrence. I speak of a spinster who is locked up in Madame Monnier's house, half starved, and living on a putrid litter for the past twenty-five years – in a word, in her own filth'.

Shocked by the letter, police decided to investigate the estate despite Monnier's family sterling reputation. A group of officers broke into the house, searched the premises and upstairs noticed a padlocked door. When they removed the lock, a horrifying smell filled their noses. 

To their surprise, a malnourished woman trembling on the bed, covered in food and human waste, was squinting through the light she had not seen in 25 years. Blanche Monnier, now weighing just 55 pounds had been kept for 25 years. She had not seen the light or another human being during that time. 

A witness described the gruesome discovery: 'The unfortunate woman was lying completely naked on a rotten straw mattress. All around her was formed a sort of crust made from excrement, fragments of meat, vegetables, fish, and rotten bread.'

'We also saw oyster shells and bugs running across Mademoiselle Monnier's bed,' he went on. 'The air was so unbreathable, the odor given off by the room was so rank, that it was impossible for us to stay any longer to proceed with our investigation.' 

She died in prison 15 days later, after confessing the abysmal abduction to police. When her daughter refused to back down on her relationship with the lawyer, Madame Monnier locked her up in a tiny room until she gave in. 

For 25 years, Blanche only ate scraps from her mother's meals. Her punishment continued even after the death of her lover in 1885.

Blanche's brother Marcel stood trial for helping her mother in the ordeal and was initially sentenced to 15 months in prison. He was later acquitted on claims that Blanche could have left at any time, but chose not to. He walked free to the horror of the crowd in the courtroom. 

Blanche Monnier, also known in France as La Séquestrée de Poitiers, died in 1913 in a sanitarium in Bois. 

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