Child killer admits two more murders

Confessed child killer Michel Fourniret has admitted killing two more teenage girls, bringing to nine the number of murders acknowledged by the former forest ranger, prosecutors said.

Confessed child killer Michel Fourniret has admitted killing two more teenage girls, bringing to nine the number of murders acknowledged by the former forest ranger, prosecutors said.

French prosecutor Yves Charpenel said Fourniret had confessed to the killing of Celine Saison, 18, and Mananya Thumpong, 13, during questioning by French and Belgian investigators.

Fourniret, 62, was arrested a year ago by Belgian authorities after the botched kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl in southern Belgium.

In a case that has horrified Belgium barely a week after the trial of child-killer Marc Dutroux, prosecutors said Fourniret confessed earlier this week to seven murders – five girls and young women, and two adults where the motive was apparently robbery.

Belgium media have dubbed Fourniret “the French Dutroux.”

He moved from his native France to southern Belgium in 1987 after serving a prison sentence for child sex offences in his homeland.

Investigators were expected to begin digging for the bodies of some victims over the weekend in property owned by Fourniret in the Ardennes forests which straddle the Franco-Belgian border.

The search will focus on the grounds of a chateau he once owned near Sedan in northern France.

Mananya Thumpong, disappeared from Sedan in May 2001, her body was found a year later in woodland on the Belgian side of the border.

The body of Celine Saison was found nearby in July 2000, two months after she disappeared from the Charleville-Mezieres, 12 miles from Sedan.

Aside from their killings, prosecutors say Fourniret earlier admitted killing five girls aged from 12 to 22 in France and Belgium from 1987 to 1990.

He also confessed to killing an unidentified man during a robbery in a highway rest area in eastern France and the murder of Farida Hellegouache, also during a robbery.

Media reports said Fourniret used money stolen from Hellegouache to buy the Chateau de Sautou near Sedan where he told investigators some of the victims are buried.

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