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'Black Widow of Riviera' Being Tried in Matchmaking Poisonings

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Patricia Dagorn arrives at the courthouse in Nice on Monday. (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 15 January 2018 01:02 PM

The ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ has gone on trial in France in the deaths of two men, allegedly after using a matchmaking agency to track down and seduce wealthy elderly men, four of whom died of poisoning, the BBC News reported.

Patricia Dagorn earned the nickname after allegedly preying on at least 20 men between 2011 and 2012, asking them for money and to name her in their wills.

In the four-day hearing, which opened on Monday in Nice, prosecutors said the 57-year-old woman “siphoned off” the fortunes of her elderly victims while secretly administering harmful medications to them in order to weaken them, The Guardian said.

Dagorn, who could face a life sentence if found guilty, was already serving a five-year prison term for fraud and theft – a conviction that led police to investigate the death of Michel Kneffel, a man she was living with who was found dead in July 2011.

According to Radio France Internationale, suspicions were aroused after police found Dagorn in possession of vials of Valium as well as IDs, bank account details and health insurance cards that belonged to at least a dozen different men.

Further investigations led them to another suspected murder case in which Dagorn had cashed a check for $25,000 from 85-year-old Francesco Filippone, who was found dead in his bathtub in Mouans-Sartoux, outside Cannes, in February 2011.

Dagorn was charged with the cases in 2015 but has vehemently denied all allegations.

Two of her alleged victims, Ange Pisciotta, 82, and Robert Vaux, 91, are to testify in the trial, BBC reported.

Dagorn is accused of administering Valium to Vaux while attempting to steal his property after he brought her to live with him in 2012.

He claimed that his health began to deteriorate dramatically soon after she moved in and that his doctor believed his health was in “mortal danger.”

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The ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ has gone on trial in France in the deaths of two men, allegedly after using a matchmaking agency to track down and seduce wealthy elderly men, four of whom died of poisoning.
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