At school in Toulouse and later in the French Army parachute troop, he was rejected because of his skin colour. His army career ended when he was convicted of robbing a female grocer.
He became a drag performer at the Paris nightclub, Paradis Latin, where he impersonated Eartha Kitt. He met his lover Jean-Thierry Mathurin, from French Guyana, at the nightclub.
Sometimes with his lover, from 1984-1987 Paulin murdered at least 20 elderly women for small amounts of money. Though he was captured, Paulin died of AIDS-related complications before going to trial.
His partner, Jean-Thierry (right), served a life sentence, and was released in 2009.
Paulin is referred to as the ‘Beast of Montmartre’, and his story was filmed as J'ai pas sommeil.
- Clair Denis (scr & dir). J'ai pas sommeil. Scr: Jean-Pol Fargeau, with Richard Courcet as Camille Moisson (Thierry Paulin). France/Switzerland 112 mins 1994.
- “Thierry Paulin”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Paulin.
- “Thierry Paulin and Jean-Thierry Mathurin: The ‘Old Ladies Killer’ and the ‘Monster of Montmartre’". www.francesfarmersrevenge.com/stuff/serialkillers/paulin.htm