In 1861, Martin was arrested by authorities after a 12-year murderous rampage through the French countryside. When local police went to arrest him after a housemaid escaped his clutches and certain death. At his cottage authorities uncovered clothing that linked him to ten dead girls.
Most of the victims were servant girls he found in Lyon and lured to the country with the promise of a lucrative job. Once they were alone in the woods, Martin would stab or choke them to death using a noose. Sometimes he would crush the victim's skull with a blunt object. All victims were then stripped and robbed of all their possesions.
After being arrested Dumollard confessed and led authorities to several of the bodies. After a quick trial Dumollard was convicted and sentenced to death. His wife was given life for helping him with the crimes. Curiosly, serial killing students worldwide have debated whether Dumollard killed for pleasure or monetary gain. Always thinking of the bottom line, while he laid his head on the guillotine block, he reminded his wife of a man who still owed them 27 Franks.