French chocolate mousse murderer gets 20-year jail term
The lawyer for Ghislain Beaumont maintains that it was his client's mother who pushed the couple to commit suicide with spoonfuls of the creamy dessert.
PARIS, February 26, 2008 - A 45-year-old French farmer was Tuesday
sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering his parents by lacing their
chocolate mousse with a highly-toxic insecticide.
The lawyer for Ghislain Beaumont maintains that it was his client's mother
who pushed the couple to commit suicide with spoonfuls of the creamy dessert
on April 9, 2006. Beaumont has consistently maintained his innocence.
Beaumont, who lived with his parents in the town of Chalmaison east of
Paris, allegedly mixed bug repellant recommended for use on vines or beets in
the mousse that was served at dinner.
While his parents were dying from the poison, Beaumont called a friend for
help and claimed to be suffering from stomach pain after having tasted a bit
of the mousse, which he found to be bitter.
During questioning, he admitted to having murdered his parents, saying he
wanted to get rid of his mother who was authoritative and disapproved of his
But Beaumont later recanted, saying it was his mother Liliane who had mixed
poison into the mousse.