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Babes in the Freezer

babes in freezer

The “Incident of infant abandonment at Seorae Village” has become the story of the summer in La Republique. Veronique Courjault is standing trial in Tours, France, for some alleged infanticiding she did in 1999. This is BEFORE her infamous Babes-in-the-Freezer production went down in Seoul, South Korea. That’s where all this began to unfold. In July of 2006, when Madame Courjault went home to France, she left her working husband, Jean-Louis, and their two sons, behind in the family flat- the family flat that was equipped with all sorts of amenities, including a large basement freezer…

Jean Louis, now home alone, began to forage for food and decided to peruse the downstairs cold storage. To his horror, Mr. Courjault found not one but two babes in the freezer. He called the police, He called his wife, what then? who knows maybe he called for pizza and put on some Beatles.

(NOTE: In 1966 the Beatles released their 10th album- THE BEATLES YESTERDAY AND TODAY. The cover, a take on the Vietnam war, was quickly banned. A few rare copies got out but most were covered over- see how happy they were about reshooting. Alan Livingston, the president of Capitol Records put away 24 brand new albums into his private stash. They reappeared in 1987 in Los Angeles- today each is worth around $40,000 dollars)

Veronique, who was holidaying in France at the time, decided not to return to South Korea for charges and kim-chee. That’s understandable as prison in South Korea is no funhouse, but you still have to take your shoes off when you go in.

Mr. Courjault didn’t purposely incriminate his wife. He believed her when she said they must belonged to someone else. But somewhere along the line, possibly after the DNA tests, Veronique caved. Being a robust, mildly plump damsel, she was able to hide her pregnancies- one in 2002 and another in 2003. When the time came for birthing- she went to the bathroom and quietly had them in the tub. Then she cut off their air supply. And that’s where things get bad for Veronique, because that’s murder… specifically infanticide.

Upon being implicated, Mrs. Courjault then confessed that she had carried out similar work in France in 1999, prior to the Korean escapades, when she dropped a newborn into the family fireplace. This confession ensures that Veronique will remain in France for a long while. Her Lawyers are now trying to prove that she suffers from Pregnancy Denial Syndrome, which seems to be a real life epidemic in some places. Apparently there are thousands of women who only get wind of their pregnancy after going into labor, and a small percentage of them still deny being pregnant. Many claim they have no connection with the fetus and in some cases show no signs of a bun in the over.Some medical professionals are pushing for mandatory psychiatric evaluation for such women.

Just last year, a 44 year old woman in Germany was arrested for keeping 3 babies in her freezer…. FROM THE 80’s!!! Her kids inadvertantly outed her when they went looking for a pizza. A modern twist on infanticide- What’s the deal with keeping them on ice?


One comment on “Babes in the Freezer

  1. Tay
    June 30, 2009

    Creepy. Reminds me of the time I escorted a body to the morgue at Yale-New Haven Hospital one night. Normally that’s a job for patient transport, but we had already been waiting hours and we really needed to get the family moving on. So one of the nurses and I volunteered to take the body to the morgue. the family wanted to go, too, but we convinced them that this would be a BAD idea. Anyway, this is the middle of the night in the basement of the complex. When we open the fridge door and see about 24 bodies I realized that in my rounds as a chaplain I had I checked in on almost all of them at least once before they died. And some of them I even had conversations with. utterly bizarre to see them all in one place… at 2 AM in the basement in a giant refrigerator.

    Or how about the autopsy suite at Robert Wood Johnson hospital–where I saw an autopsy as part of my training. At one point I looked around and realized that all those white buckets lining the room (there must have been fifty of them) held human brains. When I asked about it one of the guys took a random one off the shelf, popped the top, and fished out the brain that had been suspended in some kind of Formaldehyde.

    This is not nearly as disturbing and being called to baptize premature infants deemed too underdeveloped to even attempt saving. I only had to do this once, but I recall the scene pretty damn vividly.

    Interestingly, I think there is a connection between being willing to experience the reality of what death looks like and healing the wounds of grief. Certainly I found this to be true in my hospital experience–whenever possible I encouraged mourners to engage the physicality death. To see and touch the body. I also found this seeing and touching to be an important part of how the doctors and nurses cope with death and grief. I was particularly moved, once, to be allowed to see the rituals nurses perform after the doctors leave.

    An older nurse encouraged a crying newbie to come close. “Here,” she said handing her a stethoscope, “see if you can find a pulse.” The younger nurse tried, but gave up too quickly. “Take your time. Check in more than one place…” Of course, the patient had already been pronounced by the doctor, but I totally appreciated that the nurses wanted to make absolutely sure. After than they carefully and silently washed the body. Amazing how powerful these rituals can be…

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