On March 31, 2021, the letter to the readers of The cross received a somewhat unusual letter. ” Hello, your homage to the dead of the streets(1) particularly touched me because it evokes a person that I knew well. It is thus named: “A woman, 55 years old, on January 28, 2021, in Écully.” This woman was called Caroline Mercier, she was born on July 3, 1966 (…). She landed in our life on August 8, 2014. “
This reader is Claude M., sister of Vincent M., cardiologist in Lyon. Caroline sent thousands of letters to this doctor, sent to her clinic and then left in her letterbox or thrown in her garden. Extremely touching and full of life, these letters tell the story in detail, to the one she considers her protector in the face of her imaginary persecutors, her torments and her joys. Put end to end, they unwind the thread of a rich existence, although dented by mental illness.
This incredible testimony, Claude did not want it to be lost. She typed every letter, photographed every object. The set makes several volumes. This summer, she will give it to Gérard, Caroline’s brother, whom she has found. He hadn’t heard from his sister since 2014.