vendredi 28 mars 2008

Serial killers, burial dealers : Fourniret & Olivier's trial

Michel Fourniret and Monique Olivier's trial is open in France at the end of five years of preliminary investigation.

Long time after the famous Landru, now is the moment for an odd, ugly and frightening couple of modern french "serial killers-burial dealers" to face judges and victims' families.

Michel Fourniret, born in 1942, is suspected for rape and murder of at least seven young girls in Belgium and France, between 1987 and 2003.
At the trial's opening, the so-called "Ogre des Ardennes " denied to answer any questions and refused to be photographed by some of the 300 international and national press reporters, arguing that it must be an in camera trial.
So he urged the Cour d'Assises' President to read publicly a long self-justification written by himself on parchment paper.
His wife -and co-defendant- Monique Olivier, in the exact opposite strategy, is willing to embrace a non-agressive and humble tone.

The "Ogre des Ardennes" and his assistant seem not to want to play the same part in order to score points in jury's mind.

A two-months trial is beginning and for the young victims' families, gates of horror are still opened and well.
And, of course damages list is not closed.
(to be continued)

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