The internet can truly be a scary place. Surely you've heard of killers who used the internet to find their victims, and lured them to a secluded area and murdered them in cold blood. This is precisely what happened in the case of the aptly named "Vampire of Paris," Nicolas Claux, with the exception that his crimes were planned on a pre-internet message board.
While most people use the web for online shopping, catching up on social media, reading the news, and watching viral videos, others use it to scout potential victims. Internet crimes are nothing new. Between e-mail phishing scams, identity thefts, people searching for murder victims, and even potential victims searching for murderers, one must take caution when dealing with strangers online. So how did a man working in a morgue go down a dark path of necrophilia, cannibalism, and ultimately murder?
Claux was 22 years old in the fall of 1994 when he used Minitel—a popular precursor to the internet in France—to meet and arrange a date with 34-year-old Thierry Bissonnier. They met at Bissonnier's Paris apartment on October 4 and things quickly went awry: Claux shot Bissonnier in the head and left his body on the apartment floor. Bissonnier's body wasn't found for three days.
After police captured Claux, they searched his apartment, where they found human bone fragments, teeth, and bags of blood. It was a gruesome crime, punctuated by one question: why did he do it?
Claux Worked At A Mortuary Where He Would Cut Flesh Off Of Dead Bodies And Eat ItPhoto: Crimes and Killers / Facebook
He Was Obsessed With Death And Grave Robbing
Claux Ate Cookies As Bessonnier Died
Claux And Bessonnier Met On Minitel
He Was Caught After Trying To Pass Forged Checks
He Remains Open About His Crimes