Trial of Eugene Marie Chantrelle


The fourth of the NBT series was TRIAL OF EUGENE MARIE CHANTRELLE, edited by A. Duncan Smith.

A catalogue issued in 1954 by William Hodge gave the following description of the case:

“Eugene Marie Chantrelle, a teacher of languages resident in Edinburgh, had become almost penniless through extravagance and debauchery when he insured his wife’s life for £1,000. The policy was so framed as to take effect only in the case of her death by accident. Fifteen months later Mrs Chantrelle died suddenly and her husband tried to make it appear that she had died as a result of an accidental escape of gas in her bedroom. He was arrested and charged with administering poison to her. After four days, Chantrelle was found guilty.”

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