The story of Blanche Monnier is heartbreaking and tragic. The beautiful young French socialite made a splash on French society in the 1870s. Her bourgeoise upbringing and her stunning good looks attracted many suitors, but Blanche announced that she planned to marry a non-gentrified, nearly penniless lawyer who was much older than her. Her mother was furious. She reacted by locking her daughter into an attic hideout where she kept her prisoner for 26 years, with the help of Blanche’s brother, Marcel. During her captivity, Blanche was kept near starvation and languished in the dark. In 1901, an anonymous letter to the Paris Attorney General alerted authorities to her situation and the unfortunate socialite was finally rescued.