Episode 9

Published on:

31st Mar 2020

Violette Noziere: monster in a skirt or victim?

Warning: this episode deals with in detail incest and sexual abuse. If you know this will be triggering for you, please go listen to the minisode on Queen Τεύτα - it will make you smile. I promise.

Violette Noziere was immediately labeled “monster” because she represented something incomprehensible: a cold-blooded parricide driven by greed who was the product of a civilised urban environment and a vice-free family.” - Sarah Maza from her book, Violette Noziere : A story of murder in 1930s Paris

In this episode, Sarah explores a murder that captivated 1930s France - so much so that during the Nuremberg rally, the left-wing daily L’Oeuvre published a cartoon in which a peeved Nazi officer waved a newspaper at Hitler over a caption that read: “That Violette! It’s all about her!”. Join Sarah and her guest, the wonderful Sophie, as they explore why this crime and its perpetrator so gripped a nation that was coming to terms with modernity and social change while the spectre of WWII loomed.


  • Crimes that Made History (TV Serries), Season 1, Episode 5
  • Maza, S. (2011). Violette Noziere : A story of murder in 1930s Paris. Berkeley, Calif. ; London: University of California Press.

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Demons and Dames
Demons & Dames is a tongue-in-cheek feminist history podcast. Ashley Mauritzen and Sarah Worley-Hill dive deep into the stories of notorious women who shaped history - by design or simply by being in the right (or wrong) time or place. We examine how they were viewed by their contemporaries, and how and why their stories have been interpreted, shaped and passed down. We also laugh. A lot.

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Ashley Mauritzen

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Writer, thinker and former wild child, Ashley has a BA in English Literature from Oxford (apparently - she doesn't remember any of it) and an MA in Fashion Journalism. She does an uncanny Kate Bush impression, wears wigs on nights in, and asked for 10 metres of black velvet ribbon for Christmas when she was seven. By day, she's a commercial semiotician. It's a thing. Former alter egos include Oxford gossip column denizen 'Masher', queer comedy performance artist 'the Dreary Mademoiselle', cerebral burlesque star 'Curious Peach', and everyone's favourite Halloween mashup - 'Adam Antoinette.'

Sarah Worley-Hill

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Bibliophile, historian, and all round goof ball. Sarah has an MA Oxon from Oxford University in Ancient and Modern History, but has also taught maths at a boys' boarding school so considers herself an all-rounder. She would invite Alexander the Great, Queen Teuta of Illyria, and Wu Zetian to her ideal time-machine sponsored dinner party but would definitely need a translator. She loves her Shih Tzu, Calypso, very much and wants to get a French bulldog named Odysseus. She's terribly dyslexic and really really can't spell (or pronounce things). She has a mild tea obsession.