Valerie Ogden


Valerie Ogden accidentally found out about Gilles de Rais when her nephew married one of his descendants, and the family hushed all her sudden questions. Absorbed by his story, she traveled to the Bibliotheque de Nantes in Brittany, France – the site of many of his massacres. A French scholar, Valerie did extensive research on de Rais, which included the translation of numerous primary sources. She is an American actor who formerly worked in diverse jobs: New York security analyst, editor of the Best Bets column in House & Garden, maid /manager of a B&B, rock Disc Jockey. She has also served as a district committeeperson, Chair of the Mayor’s Animal Advisory Committee for the City of Philadelphia and President of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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