By this time La Reynie must have known that the case had serious implications because La Voisin enjoyed the patronage -- ostensibly in her capacity as a fortune teller -- of some of the most illustrious names in France.
At first she was only obliquely implicated through her maid, Cato, and her lady in waiting Mademoiselle des CEillets who had bought love potions from La Voisin. (It was suggested that they had been bought for Montespan to retain the favours of the King, though des CEillets herself had also enjoyed the royal favours and borne Louis a daughter.) The situation had sufficiently alarmed Louis that on September 21st he wrote to La Reynie requesting that records of interrogations be written on separate sheets rather than in ledgers, presumably so that embarrassing items could be destroyed at a later date.
In February the following month, La Voisin was interrogated under torture and then burned to death in public.
The general consensus these days is that she did little more than perhaps have La Voisin tell her fortune.
It is incontestable that she knew La Voisin from 1667 and that she was a party to sacrilegious ceremonies conducted by the Abbe Mariette at that time.
Her faith may have been like that of La Voisin who would recommend her clients say an ordinary mass to obtain their ends, and only proposed the black variety if that failed.
La Voisin was living with a man called Lesage (alias Du Coeuret and Dubuisson), a shady character already `known to the authorities'.
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There were other rumors, including a friendship with the scandalous so-called witch, poisoner and Satanist, La Voisin
. Needless to say, things cooled down between Louis and Athenais.