"Yeah, sounds cool," I say...and then I forget all about it.
I found a couple links in English. No one can really authenticate it, but here's what they say happened. Pierre Picaud was engaged to the lovely and wealthy Marguerite. His friend, Loupian, was jealous; after all, he had two children and a café that needed Marguerite and her money! As a bad joke, he and two of his regulars, reported that Picaud was spying for England. The officials took things seriously and imprisoned Picaud for seven years. During that time, he met Father Torri, who died and left him a fortune in hidden treasure.
When politics changed, Picaud was released. Now wealthy, he spent his time searching revenge. His Marguerite had indeed married Loupian. Picaud hired a con man to pose as a prince and fool Loupian's daughter into falling in love. At the wedding, the pregnant bride was left at the altar, disgraced. He murdered or poisoned Loupian's two co-conspirators and had the café burned. He then tricked Loupian's son into committing a theft and framed him for arrest. Picaud was content with just ruining the man's family; he then stabbed him.
Another of Picaud's old friends, Allut, who had apparently known about his innocence and the joke, decided he had to take action. He kidnapped and killed Picaud! His guilt caught up with him on his deathbed, where he told the whole story to the French police. Though no one else was alive to verify it.
Have you ever been falsely accused? Have you read THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO? Have you ever gotten revenge on somebody or forgiven them? Did you know this was based off a true story? Have you ever read police records for inspiration?