Michel Fourniret, author of serial feminicides, is dead. Families of unanswered victims

Michel Fourniret, sentenced to life twice for the murders of eight young women or teenage girls, died on Monday, May 10, 2021. A death that leaves several families of actual or potential victims.

Michel Fourniret is dead. The serial killer died on Monday, May 10, 2021, a few days after his emergency hospitalization at the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital (Paris), the Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, told Agence France-Presse. He had been placed in a coma following heart, respiratory and neurological problems. “Michel Fourniret died today at 3:00 p.m. at the Interregional Secure Hospital Unit (UHSI) of the La Pitié Salpêtrière hospital, dependent on the FRESNES Prison Center where he was imprisoned. An investigation into the causes of death has been opened. today by the Paris prosecutor’s office and entrusted to the 3rd district of the judicial police“, announced the Paris prosecutor.

The Ogre des Ardennes, 79, was convicted in 2008 of the murders of seven young women or teenage girls between 1987 and 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment. His ex-wife Monique Olivier was sentenced, for her part, to life imprisonment and a security measure of twenty-eight years, as an accomplice in five murders. In 2018, the couple made the news again in the case of the murder of Farida Hammiche, committed in 1988. A second time, a life sentence was recorded for Michel Fourniret.

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Estelle Mouzin and the others …

The man was indicted in November 2019 for the murder of Estelle Mouzin, a 9-year-old girl who disappeared in 2003 in Guermantes (Seine-et-Marne). It was not until March 2020 that he admitted his responsibility in the case. Unfortunately, recent excavations in the Ardennes have given absolutely nothing to find the body of the girl. Blame it on the confused statements and memory problems of Michel Fourniret.

An itinerant serial killer, the man was also indicted for the death of two other young women who disappeared in the 1990s in the Yonne, Marie-Angèle Domece and Joanna Parrish. Murders that he had, there too, confessed before the examining magistrate Sabine Khéris.

Behind the announcement of his death remains the wounds of the families of potential and proven victims of the criminal, who have not had any answers concerning the murders or disappearances of their child, sister, etc. A quest for truth that seems to be extinguished with the murderer’s last breath. DNA may, however, bring certain cases closer to the name of Michel Fourniret. An article from Parisian of May 6, 2021 indicated “that around thirty unknown DNAs taken from the effects of Michel Fourniret are thus being analyzed in order to determine whether they are not those of forgotten victims.” Of comparisons made with data from 21 unresolved cases. Among them, the disappearances of Marion Wagon and Cécile Vallin. But the last word on these deaths will never be known.

Celine Peschard

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