A woman has gone on trial in Nice, France accused of killing two of her elderly lovers in order to enrich herself.
Dubbed the ‘Black Widow of the Riveria’, Patricia Dagorn, 57, is charged with the fatal poisoning of two men in 2011 on the Cote d’Azur and with drugging two others.
Although not charged at the time, police suspected Dagorn was involved in the death Michel Kneffel, with whom she was living in a residential hotel in Nice in 2011.
The case was re-opened the following year after investigators after police found vials of Valium and personal documents belonging to about a dozen different men among her belongings.
The documents included IDs, bank account details and health insurance cards.
They linked her to the case of 85-year-old Francesco Filippone, whose badly decomposed body was found in his bathtub in Mouans-Sartoux, outside Cannes, in February 2011.
Dagorn had earlier cashed a cheque from Filippone for 21,000€ (£18,666), money which she said was a gift to help her open a jewellery shop.
Her lawyer Georges Rimondi told the court she denied all the charges. He said she was a “fragile” individual who says she “feels better with elderly people”.
As well as the murder charges Dagorn is accused attempting to poison two other men.
One of them, 91-year-old widower Robert Vaux, is due to testify against her.
It is alleged she wrote to his lawyer asking to be written into his will.
Mr Vaux has described her as being “like a ray of sunshine in winter”.
“When you are with a younger woman you know it won’t last but you don’t deny yourself the moment unless you’re a masochist,” he said.