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Nicolas Claux, upon his arrest. He was held for questioning in
the murder of 34-year-old
while police searched his apartment and revealed far more
than they wanted.
Perelachaise cemetery, one of Claux haunts. Sometimes he would
go in broad daylight,
with his set of grave-robbing tools, and look for graves to
Nico Claux poses outside one of the Mausoleums he robbed.
France has many such places in cemeteries all over, and can be very
Claux would break into tombs and take pieces of bodies back to his
Inside the morgue at St. Joseph's. Claux worked as a morgue
and was left alone with bodies to perform his job, such as sewing up
incisions done during autopsy.
Claux would sometimes remove pieces and eat them, or take them home
Outside the world famous cabaret, Le Moulin Rouge.
Claux was arrested by police here after he attempted to use a
with a forged driver's license.
Number 9, Rue Coustou. This was Nico's apartment at the time of
Upon a warrant search by investigators, the apartment showed many items
that shocked them, and helped close
several unsolved cases.
Nico Claux poses in catacombs, holding a skull.
As a grave robber, Claux would take items from corpses and bring
them back home.
There, he would display the items in hanging morbid mobiles or
Gilbert Thiel was the lead investigator on the case. He believed
that one person
was responsible for a string of murders in the area over the
month of October, 1994.
Courtesy of Nico Claux
Part of the evidence used at Claux's trial were his dental
Bite marks can link a suspect directly to a victim.
Judge W. Waechter presided in the Claux trial. He was also
responsible for picking the jury.
After a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, the court was
photographs of the crime scene and Nico's apartment.
Maison Centrale Poissy Prison exercise yard, where Claux posed
for this picture.
Poissy is one of six maximum security prisons in France, which
house the most serious of criminals.
While in prison, Claux tried his hand at painting to pass the
He poses here with a picture he painted while in his cell.
Nico Claux, after his release from prison. He wears his hair in
to the actor who plays Vlad in the movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula."