Criminal cases/Saône-et-Loire. Fatal Sunday in Saint-Germain-des-Rives

On October 30, 1842, François Rey, a valiant octogenarian, went to spend two days with his children and, at the end of the afternoon, he returned to his home. He lives in Saint-Germain-des-Rives, a former town that has now disappeared and is integrated into that of Varenne-Saint-Germain. It is located in the extreme south of Burgundy, not far from Saint-Yan and Paray-le-Monial. Along the way, François Rey stops to chat for a few moments at one of his closest neighbours. When he leaves, he tells her that he intends to have dinner quickly and then go to bed.

A totally crushed cheek and ear

On Monday morning, the octogenarian is found murdered at his home. On his kitchen table, we discover the remains of a frugal meal that was obviously unfinished. The corpse, still dressed in its “Sunday clothes”, is bathed in a pool of blood. François Rey’s cheek and right ear were completely crushed under the effect of numerous hoof kicks. Clogs…