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This one comes with a warning label: This horrific murder mystery involving Jeanne Van Calck, a very young girl, is hard to listen to.

Every so often, I come across a case that’s truly upsetting. I’ve covered the Highway of Tears and the Beaumont Children in the past, and those were really terrible, of course. This one, though, is just as bothersome.


Jeanne Van Calck

Jeanne Van Calck was just 8 years old at the time of her death in 1906.

There are two aspects that make this case upsetting. The first is that there isn’t a whole lot known about it. It was a media sensation at the time, and a reported ten thousand people attended her funeral in Belgium. But as for case specifics, I couldn’t find much, meaning there isn’t much of a chance of finding out what really happened.

The other disturbing thing in the case was how her body was found. Delivered in a package akin to something a butcher might deliver beef in, Jeanne’s body was found wrapped in paper and string, her legs missing.

The investigation was heavily criticized by the media, as they often are in high-profile, unsolved cases. There were leads that were never followed, and there was never a solid lead in the entire investigation.

So, if you have the stomach to hear all the details, feel free to listen to the entire episode. However, be warned, as I’ve said several times, that it can be rather upsetting at times.


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