Death by Gluttony: The Murderer Who Dined Men to Death Part 2

About the murderer Father Gourier, his unsuaul method of murder, wining and dining his victims till they die by overeating, how he was caught.

The Murderer Who Dined Men to Death

Gourier's end came at the hands of a certain Ameline, the 2nd assistant to the public executioner. Eugene Chavette, the son of the famous restaurateur Vachette, made an exhaustive study of the case toward the end of the 18th century, but he never determined Ameline's 1st name, or whether he was Gourier's 7th, 8th, or 9th "guest." Perhaps Gourier thought it ironic to choose a public executioner for his next victim. If so, his choice proved more ironic than he could have imagined.

In the 1st place, Ameline had an appetite even greater than Gourier's. Those who watched this trencherman swore he had hollow legs that served as reserve stomachs. Gourier feted him for one year, then another year. Ameline looked healthier than ever and hadn't gained a pound. Gourier took to feeding him only the heaviest of dishes, food that he himself had trouble digesting but which Ameline still relished at the 3rd or 4th helping.

The murderer vowed that he would kill Ameline just as he had the others, even if it required his entire fortune. But he hadn't reckoned on a 2nd factor. Ameline knew of Gourier's plans, and was ready to bite the hand that fed him. Christian Guy, in his History of French Cuisine, suggests that a waiter may have warned him, but at any rate Ameline, following a scheme of his own, periodically vanished for 2 or 3 days at a time to purge his body with castor oil and other laxatives. The excuses he made were always plausible and Gourier never suspected him.

Pere Gourier's end came, thanks to the assistant public executioner, but not on the guillotine. It happened one night at Paris' most expensive restaurant, the Cadran bleu. That evening Ameline sat eating sirloin after sirloin effortlessly, while Gourier tried in vain to keep up with his guest. But the pace finally proved too much. Suddenly Gourier turned red, then white, when he was served his 14th slice of steak. Ameline, chomping on his 15th slice, laughed when Gourier threw back his head, thinking that his host was about to sneeze. But then Gourier slumped forward. Speechless, Gourier tried to pull himself up, but he failed--his eyes and mouth were about to close forever. An ironic smile remained on his lips as he toppled over his plate. The gourmand murderer must have thought it most fitting that he had got his just desserts during the main course of his last meal.

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