Gilles de Rais

Baron de Rais, Bluebeard, Barbe bleue

  Active for 16 years
(1420-1435) in France

80

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

200

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  9. Death
  10. 6 Timeline Events
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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.

Gilles de Rais Serial Killer Profile

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.

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Gilles de Rais has been listed on Killer.Cloud since March of 2019 and was last updated 6 months ago.

Gilles de Rais a known:

Gilles de Rais
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-13 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Gilles de Rais
Nickname: Baron de Rais, Bluebeard, Barbe bleue
Victims: 80 - 200
Years Active: 1420 - 1435
Active Countries: France
Convicted Of: murder, witchcraft
Life Span:      - 1440
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: France
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
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: N/A
Native Name: Gilles de Rais
Given Name: Gilles
Birth Location: Champtocé-sur-Loire, commune in Maine-et-Loire, France
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: at least one brother, René de La Suze
Raised By: both parents until (Age 10), his maternal grandfather, Jean de Craon
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: Marie de Craon
Father: Guy II de Laval-Rais

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
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
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
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
Suicide: FALSE
6 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Gilles de Rais

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.

Date Event Description
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 convicted and 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 Rais was executed. cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging while being burnt alive at a prison on the Island of Nantes in Nantes, France. #14401026
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
previous crimes TRUE 363
kill at killers home TRUE 315
used weapon TRUE 448
rape TRUE 447
torture TRUE 421
bound TRUE 401
mutilated TRUE 440
suicide FALSE 216
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
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
physically abused FALSE 228
psychologically abused FALSE 221
sexually abused FALSE 223
psychologist FALSE 256
forensic hospital FALSE 255
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
kill at victims home FALSE 318
used gun FALSE 447
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
strangle FALSE 437
sex with body FALSE 426
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


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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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External References
  1. Q311634 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Mar 26, 2019.
  2. Gilles de Rais on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Mar 26, 2019.
  3. Gilles de Rais: History’s First Serial Killer? on www.britannica.com, Retrieved on Mar 26, 2019.
Internal References

Gilles de Rais is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #1 of 19 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in France
  2. #2 of 88 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #4 of 305 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #6 of 649 [ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #85 of 649 [ Page 6 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  6. #143 of 649 [ Page 10 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  7. #480 of 649 [ Page 32 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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