Of Marc Dutroux’s “house of horror”, discovered in the summer of 1996, only the cellar remains. This is where the multi-recidivist pedophile had imagined a Machiavellian device to hide his victims.
From the “house of horror”, alone the cellar remains. Located at 128 rue de Philippeville in the Marcinelle district, in Charleroi, Belgium, the former residence of Marc Dutroux was destroyed in June 2022. Incarcerated since 2004 for murder and rape of minors, the multi-recidivist pedophile kidnapped and raped there several girls and young girls in 1995 and 1996, reports the daily 20 minutes. It was in this seedy cellar that two of his victims, Sabine Dardenne and Laetitia Delhez, aged 12 at the time, were found terrified and hungry August 15, 1996.
A tiny damp room with no light source
This morbid cache was not destroyed at the request of the parents of the victims in case the justice ordered new DNA samples. It was Marc Dutroux himself who led the Belgian police to this “house of horror” two days after his arrest. In front of the investigators, he then unlocked a door opening on about ten steps descending into a cellar, describes RTL. He then did pivot from bottom to top a kind of heavy shelf. This diabolical mechanism hid a tiny damp room with no light source.
“It feels like going down into a funeral room”, tells Dominique Demoulin L’Heure du Crime. The Belgian judicial journalist on the show had the opportunity to visit this sordid cellar during the trial of Marc Dutroux, between January and June 2004. “In this room, we only see the two berths which take up all the space. It smells of humidity, we run out of air very quickly. We have the impression of entering a tomb, and touching the ‘horror and wickedness’, she continues. Marc Dutroux is still incarcerated in the prison of Nivelles, in Belgium. Considered as psychopath presenting a certain danger to societyhis last request for parole was rejected.