Exactly 118 years ago tonight, during the night of 31 October to 1 November 1897, the parish priest of Coustaussa, the Abbé Antoine Gélis, was brutally murdered in his presbytery. The crime was not solved. The Abbé was found during the investigation to possess large sums of money which had not been taken by his assailants. The autopsy report reveals the following;
1. The death of the Abbé Gélis was due to murder.
2. The wounds, which caused it, are located on the skull and mainly on the rear part of this.
3. In the absence of macroscopic lesions on the brain matter, we have to accept that death occurred because of concussion to the brain rather than by contusion and compression of this organ or by haemorrhage.
4. The weapon used to produce these wounds seems to have been a blunt instrument, perhaps a sharp instrument which was extremely blunted and which acted as much by its mass as by its sharpness. Certain wounds were probably caused by the fire-tongs.
5. The death of the victim would not have been instantaneous; however, the wounds to the occiput, because of their extreme severity, must have led very rapidly to death.
6. There was no attempt at strangulation. There are no traces of this on the external skin of the neck or on the trachea or larynx.
7. Having examined the various organs it is shown that the Abbé Gélis had no pathological defect and he must have enjoyed good health before the murder.
The above report is certified as sincere and true.
Limoux, November 14th 1897.
It was written that: REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS the soul of Mr. ANTOINE GELIS Priest of Coustaussa of 1857 to 1897 Assassinated in this parish. Victim of malicious hatred on the night of October 31st - 1st November, 1897. This was a simple man and upright, one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
This is a true martyr, who, for Christ's name shed his blood.
There are certainly many suspicious elements to the murder of poor Antoine Gélis. On this date 118 years ago Gelis was murdered in his own home. The poor man died and no-one was ever brought to justice. Pity Forensics cannot go back and test DNA, especially on the cigarette packets left behind, etc etc.
But look at the wording used from his funeral service. He was assassinated [this can mean the murder of a prominent person, often but not always a political leader or ruler, usually for political reasons or payment. An assassination may be prompted by religious, political, or military motives; it is an act that may be done for financial gain, to avenge a grievance, from a desire to get fame of notoriety],
he was a true martyr [?? from the Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, "witness"; stem μάρτυρ-, mártyr-) is somebody who suffers persecution and/or death for advocating, renouncing, refusing to renounce, and/or refusing to advocate a belief or cause of either a religious or secular nature. Most martyrs are considered holy or are respected by their followers, becoming a symbol of exceptional leadership and heroism. Martyrs play significant roles in religions. In its original meaning, the word martyr, meaning witness, was used in the secular sphere as well as in the New Testament of the Bible. The process of bearing witness was not intended to lead to the death of the witness, although it is known from ancient writers that witnesses often died for their testimonies. The term acquired the extended meaning of a believer who is called to witness for their religious belief, and on account of this witness, endures suffering and/or death], and was a victim of malicious hatred.
All very bizarre and suspicious.
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