• Hospitalized in serious condition, serial killer Michel Fourniret died at the Interregional Secure Hospital Unit (UHSI) of Pitié-Salpétrière, in Paris.

  • Arrested in 2003 by the Belgian authorities for attempting to kidnap a girl, the man had been convicted of eight homicides, committed since 1987 in France and Belgium.

  • Sentenced in France for the first time in 2008 to a life sentence, he received an identical sentence in 2018.

Its name carries decades of drama.

Michel Fourniret, killer and serial rapist, died this Monday, May 10 at the Interregional Secure Hospital Unit (UHSI) of Pitié-Salpétrière (Paris 13th).

Sentenced for the murders of eight young women and adolescent girls committed between 1987 and 2003 in France and Belgium, Michel Fourniret, nicknamed "the Ogre of the Ardennes", has marked contemporary judicial chronicles.

  • June 1987: First prison sentence

Sentenced for the first time to a suspended sentence at the age of 25 for assaulting a girl in the Ardennes, Michel Fourniret was arrested and imprisoned 17 years later for sexual assault on a dozen young women.

Discreet father, he was sentenced on June 26, 1987 to five in prison by the Assize Court of Essonne.

During this first detention, he began a correspondence with Monique Olivier, his future wife, with whom he would settle as soon as he was released in October 1987.

  • June 2003: New arrest and new confession

Sixteen years after his release, Michel Fourniret was arrested again in June 2003 after the attempted kidnapping of a schoolgirl in Belgium.

Questioned by the Belgian police, Monique Olivier accuses her husband, a year later, of the murders of nine young women or teenagers, including Farida Hammiche, the wife of a former cellmate of Fourniret.

Confronted with the accusations of Monique Olivier, the serial killer then recognizes eight homicides, committed since 1987 in France and Belgium.

On his indications, the bodies of two victims are discovered in the park of the castle of Sautou, bought by Fourniret thanks to the gold ingots buried in a cemetery of Val-d'Oise by a team of robbers, the famous "gang of hairpieces. ".

  • May 2008: First life sentence

On May 28, 2008, Michel Fourniret, then 66 years old, was sentenced by the Ardennes Assize Court to life imprisonment for the murders of seven young women or adolescent girls between 1987 and 2001, preceded by rape or attempted rape, and the assaults of three other young girls who managed to escape him.

Monique Olivier, 59 at the time, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 28-year security sentence for complicity in four of the murders and the gang rape of a young girl.

Ten years after this conviction, in February 2018, Fourniret confesses to the murders of Joanna Parrish and Marie-Angèle Domece, between 1988 and 1990 in Yonne.

The body of the second has never been found.

  • November 2018: Second life sentence

On November 16, 2018, Michel Fourniret was again sentenced to life imprisonment by the Yvelines Assize Court for the assassination of Farida Hammiche, whose body was never found.

Responsible for playing the intermediary to recover the “treasure” of the “gang of hairpieces”, she was killed by Fourniret, anxious to keep the loot from the robbers.

  • November 2019: Her participation in the disappearance of Estelle Mouzin is revealed

On November 27, 2019, the serial killer was indicted in the investigation into the disappearance of Estelle Mouzin, at the age of 9 in 2003 in Guermantes (Seine-et-Marne).

Suspected and then exonerated in the past, he finally saw his alibi contradicted by Monique Olivier.

A few months later, on March 7, 2020, the Paris prosecutor's office announces that it "has recognized its participation in the facts".

On August 21, Monique Olivier declares to the courts that her ex-husband kidnapped the little girl to kidnap her, then raped and strangled her in Ville-sur-Lume (Ardennes).

Several series of excavations in former properties of Fourniret in the Ardennes had still not made it possible, in May 2021, to find the body of the girl.

  • December 2020: Final indictment

On December 22, 2020, Fourniret was indicted for "kidnapping and forcible confinement followed by death" in the investigation into the disappearance of Lydie Logé, at the age of 29 in Orne, in 1993.

At the time of his death, he was therefore to be tried for the disappearances of Joanna Parrish, Marie-Angèle Domèce, Lydie Logé and Estelle Mouzin.

Trials that will be held with only Monique Olivier on the dock.


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