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The mild mannered murderer, from Alençon

Murderer and fraud Edme Samuel Castaing was born in 1789, during the turbulent years of the French Revolution but in Alençon, a prosperous country town that experienced little in the way of revolutionary disorder. Edme’s childhood was relatively undisturbed. His family was comfortably bourgeois and as far as we can find out

The lost Canadian soldiers of the Ardenne Abbey

Just outside Caen, surrounded by fields and very quickly surburban housing, is the Abbey Ardenne.  We know this because of a postcard we found of a nice old doorway.  We matched it late in the spring, not many weeks before an anniversary the Abbey will never forget. The secret garden We parked