Gilles de Rais (Gilles de Montmorency-Laval) an Breton nobleman and serial killer known as Baron de Rais and Barbe bleue (bluebeard). Rais confessed to an uncertain number of murders, estimates are between eighty and two-hundred. His victims were all children that were sodomized prior to death. Gilles de Rais is believed to be the inspiration for the 1697 fairy tale Bluebeard by Charles Perrault.
Serial Killer Gilles de Rais (aka) Baron de Rais, Bluebeard, Barbe bleue, was active for 16 years between 1420-1435, known to have ( 80 confirmed / 200 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: France
Gilles de Rais was born in Champtocé-sur-Loire, commune in Maine-et-Loire, France. He was raised by both parents until (Age 10), his maternal grandfather, Jean de Craon. He had at least one brother, René de La Suze. His father, Guy II de Laval-Rais. His mother, Marie de Craon.
Gilles de Rais a bisexual, pedophile male citizen of France. He married Catherine de Thouars of Brittany in 1420. He had one daughter, Marie.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.
In 1420 Gilles de Rais started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his caste in Machecoul, Loire-Atlantique, France, where he was known to work as a military personnel, serial killer.
He was arrested on September 15th 1440, convicted on October 25th 1440, sentenced to death by hanging while being burnt alive at a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France. He was convicted on charges of murder, witchcraft and other possible charges during his lifetime. Gilles de Rais was executed on October 26th 1440.
Gilles de Rais died on October 26th 1440, cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging while being burnt alive at a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France.
Gilles de Rais has been listed on Killer.Cloud since March of 2019 and was last updated 9 months ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.
|Name:||Gilles de Rais|
|Nickname:||Baron de Rais, Bluebeard, Barbe bleue|
|Victims:||80 - 200|
|Years Active:||1420 - 1435|
|Convicted Of:||murder, witchcraft|
|Life Span:||- 1440|
|Sexual Preference:||bisexual, pedophile|
|Marital Status:||married Catherine de Thouars of Brittany in 1420|
|Children:||one daughter, Marie|
|Living With:||his caste in Machecoul, Loire-Atlantique, France|
|Occupation:||military personnel, serial killer|
|Native Name:||Gilles de Rais|
|Birth Location:||Champtocé-sur-Loire, commune in Maine-et-Loire, France|
|Siblings:||at least one brother, René de La Suze|
|Raised By:||both parents until (Age 10), his maternal grandfather, Jean de Craon|
|Mother:||Marie de Craon|
|Father:||Guy II de Laval-Rais|
|Arrested:||Sep 15, 1440|
|Convicted:||Oct 25, 1440|
|Sentence:||death by hanging while being burnt alive|
|Prison Location:||a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France|
|Executed:||Oct 26, 1440|
|Death Date:||Oct 26, 1440|
|Manner of Death:||capital punishment|
|Cause of Death:||executed by hanging while being burnt alive|
|Death Location:||a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 6 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Gilles de Rais. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|1420||Gilles de Rais started his serial killing spree. #1420|
|Nov 30 1420|| married Catherine de Thouars #14201130 |
Location: Duchy of Brittany, France
Gilles de Rais married Catherine de Thouars, a rich heiress of La Vendée and Poitou. The marriage was arranged by his maternal grandfather Jean de Craon.
|1435||Gilles de Rais ended his serial killing spree. #1435|
|Sep 15 1440||Gilles de Rais arrested. #14400915|
|Oct 25 1440||Gilles de Rais was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging while being burnt alive at a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France. #14401025|
|Oct 26 1440||Gilles de Raiswas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hanging while being burnt aliveat a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France. #14401026|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Gilles de Rais (1420-1435).
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|killed in prison||FALSE||210|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||190|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|problems in school||FALSE||218|
|teased in school||FALSE||215|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||318|
|sex with body||FALSE||427|
|ate part of body||FALSE||446|
|totem body part||FALSE||361|
|totem personal item||FALSE||350|
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Gilles de Rais (c. September 1405 – 26 October 1440), Baron de Rais (French: [də ʁɛ]), was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc.
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