Several reporters were present in Choisy-le-Roi, South of Paris on 28 April 1912 (more will be present a few days later for the final assault of the surviving members of the Bonnot gang).
The compositions in this series are different from the famous Agence Rol reportage, and seem more friendly with the police, indicating a Bertillon team photographer.
Bonnot was born on October 14, 1876 in Doubs Department, France. As a teenager, Bonnot served time in prison on two occasions (the latter, for assaulting a police officer) and was compelled to leave his work at the factory after being accused of stealing copper shavings.
At the age of 21, Bonnot was conscripted for service in France’s infantry, where he served three years as a truck auto mechanic. An excellent rifleman, Bonnot left the army as a corporal first class.
In 1908, Bonnot began to associate with anarcho-individualists involved in counterfeiting. Along with several Italians, he began forging ten-franc pieces and carrying out minor thefts and burglaries. Eventually, using Bonnot’s automotive skill, they progressed to the theft of luxury-cars in France and Switzerland.
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