NEW PICTURES OF THE PAPIN SISTERS
Left:Lea Papin in 1943 (image from Pierre Chotard's page). Right:Lea in 1933.
The alleged Lea Papin in 1999, as shown in the film "En Quete Des Soeurs Papin" (image from Pierre Chotard's page).
The bodies of the two victims.
Ruy Bruyere, where the murders took place (image from Pierre Chotard's page).
The sisters on their way to court, 1933.
The Le Mans prison where the sisters were held at the time of their trial.
(Many thanks to Sorcha for these shots.)
SHOTS FROM "EN QUETE DES SOEURS PAPIN"
(also contributed by Sorcha)
Is it really Lea?
UPDATE: I wrote the following analysis several years ago and since then I have had reason to question my original conclusions. There are certainly some apparent differences between the two women in the photos, but there are also similarities. The main similarity, it seems to me, is the general shape of the upper head. It is very similar in both photos; even the hair around the temples is similar. For two separate women to have such similarly shaped heads, and to have the same name, would of course be too much of a coincidence. For the moment, I will leave the original analysis the way it is, but with the qualification that I am no longer so sure the two women are separate people. (Neil Paton, February 15, 2011). ORIGINAL ANALYSIS: On the left is Lea Papin in 1933. On the right is the alleged Lea Papin in 1999. Are they the same?
I maintain that, if the 1933 picture is compared directly with the 1999 picture, the features do not match up. A number of things stand out in particular. The first is the jawline. In the 1933 picture, Lea's lower lip and chin definitely recede. The chin is what some people would call a weak chin; it definitely recedes in relation to the lower lip, which also recedes in relation to the upper lip. If you draw a line from the upper lip to the chin, it recedes quite noticeably. In contrast, the chin in the 1999 picture actually juts out. The lower lip also juts out in relation to the upper lip.
The second thing is the position of the ear in relation to the other features. In the 1933 picture, the earlobe is approximately one inch above the mouth. In the 1999 picture, the earlobe is just about level with the mouth.
The third thing is the ratio of crown to earlobe and crown to chin. In the 1933 picture, the length of crown to earlobe (on my screen) is 2.75 and the length of crown to chin is 3.75; therefore, the ratio is 1/1.36.
In the 1999 picture, the length of crown to earlobe is 4.4 and the length of crown to chin is 5.4; therefore, the ratio is 1/1.22.
Another thing that stands out is the length of the ear as a proportion of the length of the head. In the 1933 picture, the ear goes into the length of the head approximately 4 times. In the 1999 picture, the ear goes into the length of the head approximately 3.05 times.
The ears are also not the same shape. In the 1999 picture, the ear is rather tapered and triangular. In the 1933 picture, the ear is broader and more rectangular.
Therefore, I would argue that the two Leas do not match up.