"Devil" appears in Paris, 11 jump from window

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.  (Voltaire)

ELEVEN people were injured when they jumped out of a second-storey window near Paris early on Saturday, thinking a naked man tending his crying baby in the night was the devil, the local prosecutor said.

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“Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, around 3am, one of the occupants heard his child crying,” the deputy prosecutor in Versailles, Odile Faivre, said.

“The man in question of African origin, who was completely naked, got up to feed his child, at which point the other occupants took him for the devil,” Ms Faivre said.

“He was seriously wounded in the hand after being stabbed with a knife before he was thrown out of the apartment, via the door.”

The naked man then tried to get back into the flat in the town of La Verriere west of Paris, population 6000.

“That’s when the other occupants tried to escape by jumping out of the window, panicked by a fear of the devil,” Ms Faivre said.

Police have questioned the would-be devil, aged 30, and another man who jumped from the window with a two-year-old girl in his arms.

Seven of those injured were taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

Investigators are trying to clarify a number of issues surrounding the case, including whether everyone jumped voluntarily or if some were forced to do so, Ms Faivre said.

5 thoughts on “"Devil" appears in Paris, 11 jump from window”

  1. 13 people in a 2nd floor flat – an occupant is mistaken for the devil – how many of the 13 were occupants, & how many were just visiting at 3am.

    Must be loads of fun for the neighbours, but we can’t be insensitive to african cultural enrichment…

  2. Hey come on Guys it might be true, it may have been the Devil…or the Boogie man or Freddy Kruger or allah, or mohammed or some such other pagan icon they saw loitering around their building.

    I mean,after all, who are we to judge?

  3. I smell BS anyway – they thought it was the devil, stabbed it Lord of the Flies style, pushed it out of the flat & then became afraid & jumped out the window. Maybe it was a rush like morphine that overcame them, & they saw allah for what it is.

    “Heeere’s Mohammed!”

    There’s a bit more here – the 13 were watching telly at 3am, one was naked, (as you do), and just an apparent case of mistaken identity (can happen anywhere – nothing unusual) …


    [“The man got up to prepare a bottle for the baby when his wife, seeing him, screamed ‘It’s the devil, it’s the devil’,” Faivre explained.

    In the confusion following this apparent case of mistaken identity, the naked man’s sister-in-law stabbed him in the hand and he was ejected through the front door of the flat. When he attempted to get back in, panic erupted.]

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