While tales of parents disapproving of who their children date are common, none compare to the woman whose mother imprisoned her for almost 25 years. In 1876, Madame Louise Monnier held her 25-year-old daughter, Blanche, captive. Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier was a young socialite from a prestigious family in Poitiers, France. Madame Monnier, with the aid of her son, confined Blanche to her room for planning to marry a poor attorney.
The Blanche Monnier abuse facts are nothing short of horrific. The lovesick woman's kin locked her away in a filthy, lightless room for 25 years, forcing the woman to survive off table scraps. While she wasn't physically beaten, the psychological torture slowly drove Blanche toward insanity. Her screams went unheard or ignored for over two decades. Authorities rescued her in 1901, but by then, the damage to Blanche Monnier's psyche was permanent.