Belgian police dig Fourniret garden for victims

14th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

SART-CUSTINNE, Belgium, April 14 (AFP) - Belgian police used an earth mover Thursday to dig up the garden of French serial killer Michel Fourniret, looking for the bodies of up to three of his victims who could be buried there.

SART-CUSTINNE, Belgium, April 14 (AFP) - Belgian police used an earth mover Thursday to dig up the garden of French serial killer Michel Fourniret, looking for the bodies of up to three of his victims who could be buried there.

The probe to unearth remains in the garden in this small village in southern Belgium came as investigations continue into just how many people died at the hands of Fourniret and his wife in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Fourniret was arrested in Belgium in June 2003 over the abduction of minors and sexual misconduct. He is under investigation for six murders in France and two others in Belgium, as well as an attempted kidnapping.

All of the victims were female, several of them young girls. The crimes date back to 1987. He has admitted to eight of the murders and an attempted slaying.

On Thursday the blue-coloured mechanical digger got to work hunting notably for the body of an au pair whom Fourniret is alleged to have killed in 1992 after trying to rape her, according to testimony by his wife Monique Olivier.

Belgian police said they would start by digging up the lawn, but would if necessary then dig up to three metres deep under the property, in an operation expected to take two or three weeks.

Olivier has also accused her husband, who is now 62, of killing two other babysitters during the 1990s, but has not given more details. Fourniret denies the murders.

Fourniret's wife was herself charged last month in connection with the murders of three girls, having confirmed that she lured three young women as au pairs to her home between July 1992 and January 1997.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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