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Alice de Janze

Born: Sep 28, 1899

Death: Sep 30, 1941

Birthplace: Buffalo

Nationality: United States

Alice de Janze

Date of Birth : Sep 28, 1899
Date of Death : Sep 30, 1941
Birth Place : Buffalo

Alice de Janze, nee Silverthorne, also known as Alice de Trafford and holder of the noble title Comtesse de Janze for a few years, was an American heiress who spent years in Kenya as a member of the Happy Valley set of colonials. She was connected with numerous scandals, including the attempted murder of her lover in 1927, and the 1941 murder of The 22nd Earl of Erroll in Kenya. Her tempestuous life was marked by promiscuity, drug abuse and several suicide attempts. Growing up in Chicago and New York, Silverthorne was one of the most prominent American socialites of her time; a relative of the powerful Armour family, she was a multi-millionaire heiress. She entered French aristocracy in the early 1920s, when she married Count de Janze. In the mid-1920s, she was introduced to the infamous Happy Valley set, a community of white expatriates in East Africa, notorious for their hedonistic lifestyle. In 1927, she made international news when she shot her lover in a Paris railway station and then turned the gun on herself; they both survived. De Janze stood trial but was only fined a small amount, and was later pardoned by the French state.

Also known as

  • Alice de Janze


  • William Edward Silverthorne
  • Julia Belle Chapin


  • Raymond de Trafford
  • Frédéric de Janzé
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