Confessed French serial killer claims new rape

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, July 15 (AFP) - Alleged serial killer Michel Fourniret, being held in Belgium, has admitted another crime to investigators, the kidnapping and rape of a young French woman of African origin, Belgian television reported late Wednesday.

BRUSSELS, July 15 (AFP) - Alleged serial killer Michel Fourniret, being held in Belgium, has admitted another crime to investigators, the kidnapping and rape of a young French woman of African origin, Belgian television reported late Wednesday.  

Frenchman Fourniret has already confessed to murdering eight women and girls and one man, but investigators are searching for links with dozens of other cases.  

The latest confession concerns an incident which took place in 1998 in Sedan, in France's northeast Ardennes region. Unlike the victims of his earlier confessions, Fourniret said he allowed the woman to live, the RTBF channel reported.  

Police remain cautious about the new admission as it was accompanied by no details of the time or place of the kidnapping, or the age of the victim, another channel reported.  

Sources close to the investigation have said that French police are re-examining 30 unsolved murders in France while Belgian police were trying to find out if Fourniret was linked to the disappearances of at least 15 other girls over the past 20 years whose bodies have never been found.  

Many of the leads in the case came from Fourniret's wife, Monique Olivier, who told police this week that she was with him when he allegedly kidnapped 13-year-old Natacha Danais in 1990, but did not witness the subsequent murder.    

Olivier's lawyer, Pierre Barthelemy, said she was an accomplice by the mere fact of her presence, but added that his client "recognizes the monstrosity of the facts" and is clamming up more and more.  

She has asked for psychological help, "and doesn't want to hear anything more" about her husband, Barthelemy said.

 

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