Revisiting the Papin case: gender, sexuality and violence in sister my sister

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On 2 February 1933 in the rural French town of Le Mans, sisters and servants Christine and Lea Papin killed their mistress, Madame Lancelin, and her daughter, Genevieve, in the course of a dispute over a minor domestic accident. The sisters battered and slashed the Lancelins, tearing out their eyes with their bare hands. Bolted out of his home and late for a dinner engagement, Monsieur Lancelin alerted the police who recovered the bodies and found the Papin sisters huddled together in their attic bedroom. The sisters never offered any explanation for the murders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-118
Number of pages16
JournalSouth Central Review
Issue number4/1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • sexuality
  • violence
  • gender

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