French 'serial killer' charged with Briton's murder
Self-confessed French serial killer Michel Fourniret has been charged with two more killings including that of a British woman.
CHARLEVILLE MEZIERES, France, March 12, 2008 - Self-confessed French
serial killer Michel Fourniret, who goes on trial this month for seven
murders, was charged Tuesday with the 1990 kidnap, rape and murder of a
British teaching assistant, his lawyer said.
Twenty-year-old Joanna Parrish, a student from Leeds University who was
working as a teaching assistant in the central French city of Auxerre, was
found dead in May 1990.
The 65-year-old carpenter was charged with her murder as well as the
kidnap, murder and attempted rape of Marie-Angele Domece, a disabled
19-year-old who went missing near Auxerre in July 1988.
Fourniret's wife and suspected accomplice Monique Olivier, 59 -- who
accused her husband of the Parrish and Domece murders -- was also to be
brought before judges for questioning later on Tuesday.
Lawyer Bernard Castaigne said Fourniret would be fully questioned over the
two new cases after his upcoming trial. He denies any involvement in either
Fourniret goes on trial along with Olivier on March 27 for a string of
murders committed in France and Belgium between 1987 and 2001.
Arrested in Belgium in 2003 after an attempt to kidnap a 13-year-old girl,
he is charged with murdering six young women in France and one in Belgium,
aged between 12 and 22. He is also charged on several counts of rape.
Held in Charleville Mezieres, in the French Ardennes region near the
Belgian border, the trial is to last two months with all hearings open to the
His wife's confessions to Belgian investigators in June 2004 led to the
charges against Fourniret, who later admitted to several of the killings.
Nicknamed the "Monster of the Ardennes" by French and Belgian media,
Fourniret has already served time behind bars for voyeurism and assault. It
was there he met Olivier, a volunteer prison visitor.
The murders date from the year of his release from that prison term. Two of
the bodies were found buried on a country estate in northern France that he
and Olivier had bought.
Prosecutors had been seeking for years to link Fourniret to the Parrish and