Newspapers and history books alike are full of stories about sadistic and psychotic serial killers, but they’re not alone, for vampire books have these stories as well. We have already written about some of these disturbing individuals here, but I have yet another to add to the shocking list – Martin Dummolard.
Martin Dummolard was a mass murderer that spread fear throughout France in the late-nineteenth-century. He was known as the “Monster of Montluel” and his crimes were made even worse due to the fact that he wasn’t acting alone, he was under the strict control of his mistress Justine Lafayette. The young and handsome Dummolard met Justine while in her Lyon boardinghouse and he instantly fell under her spell.
Both Martin and Justine were necrophiles, people who have sex with corpses. While horrifying, that’s not vampiric. The vampirism came into play when Dummolard murdered his victims and drank their blood. He didn’t stop there, once he had his fill he would then bring home the fleshiest portions of his kills to serve to Justine. So he was the vampire and she was the cannibal. Disgusting.
But that’s not as bad as it gets, for it does get worse. In spite of the terror and paranoia that spread through Montluel, Martin Dummolard was able to murder OVER eighty girls! Yes, he drank the blood of and murdered over eighty poor victims. Luckily he and his filthy mistress were caught (way too late in my opinion) in 1888. The two of them were put to trial, and as insane as it is, only Justine was executed, she was guillotined. But Dummolard wasn’t killed; he was simply confined to an asylum.
But that’s just one version of his story. From what I have read in an assortment of books and websites, there are two versions of the Martin Dummolard tale. The second is similar to the one above except he didn’t commit the crimes with mistress Justine, but with his wife Marianne. Also, in this version, Martin is executed in 1862 and his wife Marianne is sentenced to do twenty years of hard labor.
As you can see, the events and dates in the two versions are very different from one another. Unfortunately, finding out which one is accurate is a difficult task, since every source has their own take on it.
Either way, to this day Martin Dummolard is known as one of the most terrible of all of the so-called “vampire” killers.