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Vidocq Society

Vidocq Society

Vidocq Society

In line with Larry E. Sullivan

about Vidocq Society in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

A number of former and present law enforcement professionals founded the Vidocq Society in 1990 to solve cold cases. The society was aptly named after Eugène-François Vidocq (1775-1857), a master criminal who was active in France in the early 19th century. Vidocq was so clever at his trade that the city of Paris made him its Chief of Detectives (1809-27, 1832). He became legendary in the annals of crime and punishment, and a number of novelists modeled characters after him, including Emile Gaboriau's police officer M. Lecoq. Most famously, Honoré de Balzac supposedly based his master criminal, Vautrin, who appears throughout Le Comédie Humaine , on Vidocq's life.