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This chapter investigates what evidence can be found in studies on crime and punishment, in combination with contemporary pamphlets and collections of criminal cases from southern Germany and the rest of Europe. One clear sign is that the authorities acknowledge the murders as a threat by discussing them and taking measures to prevent them. Legislative measures, in particular, are likely to be described in studies of crime and punishment. The surveys that come closest to meeting the requirements are those of Yves and Nicole Castan, describing the legal system in Languedoc. In terms of the discussion of motives for the suicide murders, the chapter concludes that murders with a suicide motive seem to be present in many European countries in the eighteenth century, irrespective of their religion.

Keywords:crime; eighteenth century; Europe; Languedoc; Nicole Castan; punishment; southern Germany; suicide murders; Yves



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