FWD: French serial killer murdered more
- PARIS (Reuters) - The wife of self-confessed serial killer Michel
Fourniret has implicated him in two more murders in France in 1988
and 1990, including the unsolved killing of a 20-year-old British
woman, a prosecutor says.
French judges earlier this month placed the 63-year-old Frenchman
under investigation for the murder of six other women between 1987
and 2001, one step short of pressing charges under French law.
His wife Monique Olivier, 53, is also being investigated on suspicion
of being an accomplice in three cases.
She told investigators in Belgium -- where the couple is being held --
that her husband had killed two more women, French public prosecutor
Yves Charpenel said.
Fourniret, who was questioned by French judges about his wife's
allegation, denied he had anything to do with the disappearance of
Marie-Angele Domece in 1988 and the murder of Briton Joanna Parrish,
found strangled in a river in May 1990.
Charpenel said Olivier's statements were being taken seriously by
"Monique Olivier gave extremely detailed accounts of two crimes,
which she says she witnessed. These accounts match the facts already
known by judges in the two cases," he said.
Both women went missing in the department of Yonne in central France,
where another serial killer, Emile Louis, was convicted last year of
murdering seven women between 1975 and 1979.
Most of Louis's victims were mentally handicapped women, as was
Domece, although it was not clear if she was a resident at the same
centre as the others. Her case file was closed in 1989 but reopened
in 2002 to allow for new evidence to be submitted.
Parrish's murder made headlines in Britain. She was drugged, tied up
and raped before she died.
Fourniret was arrested in Belgium in 2003 accused of trying to kidnap
a girl. Since then, he has confessed to killing nine people in the
past 15 years. Three cases are under investigation in Belgium.
Charpenel said earlier this month he hoped to try Fourniret and his
wife in France in early 2006. French judges will now attempt to
determine whether they can include the two additional murders in the
list of charges against Fourniret.
Daily Mirror London 17:20, Feb 16 2005