The wife of the Marquis , who spent much of his time spending his wife’s money and philandering around with his young mistresses. Marie soon took on a lover of her own, an officer named Gaudin de Saint-Croix. The affair did not upset her husband, but greatly troubled her father who arranged to have Saint-Croix imprisoned.
Saint-Croix was released from the Bastille with the new knowledge of poisons, courtesy of his cellmate. He shared these secrets with Marie, who began plotting to kill her father. Soon many people around Paris were dying without explanation as Marie practiced with her poisons, including Druex de’Abray. Marie went on to attempt to kill her husband on several occasions without success. It was believed that Saint-Croix, not wishing to marry Marie, was slipping her unwitting husband the antidotes.
In 1676 she was brought to the scaffold to pay for her crimes, being convicted with the help of a memoir she carelessly wrote outlining the details of her many poisonings along with a chest of poisons Saint-Croix had willed to her.
ABOUT THE DOLL
Marie Brinvilliers is a vinyl doll that stands 10" tall. She wears a burgundy skirt under a dress made with black silk trimmed with black lace. Hand-sewn faux pearls accent the lace in the front. She wears a black lace shawl around her shoulders.
Her severed head wears a matching headdress with black feathers. A strand of faux pearls attaches it to her left hand.