'Serial killer' to stand trial for seven murders

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

REIMS, France, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Self-confessed French serial killer Michel Fourniret has been ordered to stand trial for the murder of seven young women in France and Belgium between 1987 and 2001, a source close to the case said Tuesday.

REIMS, France, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Self-confessed French serial killer Michel Fourniret has been ordered to stand trial for the murder of seven young women in France and Belgium between 1987 and 2001, a source close to the case said Tuesday.

Fourniret is to be tried along with his wife and suspected accomplice Monique Olivier, 58, in Charleville Mezieres, a town in the French Ardennes region bordering Belgium, late this year or early next year.

The 65-year-old carpenter, who was arrested in Belgium in 2003 following the botched kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl, 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.

Olivier's confessions to Belgian investigators in June 2004 led to the charges against her husband, 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.

Last July he led investigators to the remains of one of his suspected victims, 17-year-old Isabelle Laville, who was raped and murdered in 1987 and whose body was dumped down a well.

Prosecutors are also still looking to see if they can find links between Fourniret and two other murder/missing person cases, including that of Joanna Parrish, a 20-year-old Briton who was raped and killed in 1990.


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