French police target ex-patients in hunt for killer

21st December 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, France, Dec 21 (AFP) - French police Tuesday arrested two former mental patients in an ongoing hunt to find the killer of two psychiatric hospital nurses whose grisly slayings last week shocked the country.

BORDEAUX, France, Dec 21 (AFP) - French police Tuesday arrested two former mental patients in an ongoing hunt to find the killer of two psychiatric hospital nurses whose grisly slayings last week shocked the country.

The unidentified men were the latest former patients of the institution, in Pau, southwestern France, to be arrested in the investigation.

Two others have been briefly detained and released after their alibis were checked. Another four men, all vagrants, were also briefly held then let go.

Police were looking for a murderer who broke into the hospital late last Friday and used a long-bladed knife to attack the nurses who were alone on night duty.

The bodies of the two victims - Chantal Klimaszewski, 48, and Lucette Gariod, 40 - were discovered Saturday in a blood-splattered room. The head of one had been cut off and placed on a television set, while the other woman had had her throat slit.

An autopsy determined that neither had been sexually assaulted.

Authorities all the way up to President Jacques Chirac have condemned the crime, calling it "unspeakable" and "barbaric". They have vowed to step up security in hospitals.

Detectives said they were working their way through hospital records of violent incidents on the theory that the killer was a former patient.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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