Serial killer helps find victims' bodies

A confessed serial killer is willing to cooperate with Belgian and French investigators to find more bodies of his victims.

A confessed serial killer is willing to cooperate with Belgian and French investigators to find more bodies of his victims.

Belgian authorities, meanwhile, continued questioning former forest ranger Michel Fourniret and his estranged wife.

Fourniret’s lawyer, Luc Balleux, said his client was “in good form” despite the events of the last week, when he admitted killing nine people in Belgium and France from 1987 to 2001, most of them girls or young women.

“I thought he would be resigned, but this is not the case,” Balleux said. “He’s relatively serene considering the circumstances. … He told me he would help with the investigation.”

Police fear that Fourniret could have killed even more girls across Europe, after Danish authorities contacted Belgian investigators over an unsolved rape and attempted murder against an 11-year-old girl on a Danish beach in 1999.

Danish police have forwarded DNA samples taken after the rape to Belgian investigators to see if there is a link to Fourniret, after a composite computer sketch of the suspect showed similarities to the likeness of Fourniret.

The 62-year-old and his estranged wife, Monique Olivier, were being questioned again by investigators hoping to get more information on the location of other victims’ bodies.

Both were being held in separate cells at a prison in Dinant, south-east of Brussels, where Fourniret has been locked up since June 2003.

French and Belgian authorities, with the help of Fourniret, discovered the bodies of two victims on Saturday on the grounds of a chateau he once owned in northern France.

Police found the bodies of Jeanne-Marie Desramault, aged 22, and Elisabeth Brichet, aged 12.

Both went missing in 1989.

Fourniret’s horrific revelations last week came just days after the trial of another rapist and murderer, Marc Dutroux.

Belgium’s most notorious criminal was sentenced to life in prison for a series of child kidnappings, rapes and murders in the 1990s.

Belgian media have dubbed Fourniret “the French Dutroux”.

Fourniret’s wife said she agreed to talk to police after hearing of the Dutroux trial.

Doutroux’s ex-wife, Michelle Martin, who is serving 30 years for her role in the kidnappings offered her help to Olivier.

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

He was jailed by Belgian police after he was identified by a 13-year-old girl who said she had been bundled into his van after he asked for directions.

Belgian prosecutors said Fourniret confessed to nine murders – seven girls and young women, and two adults – where the motive was apparently robbery.

Investigators suspect there may have been more killings.

Last week, Fourniret was charged with the murder of an unidentified girl from Brussels who disappeared in 1993 after working for him as an au pair. Fourniret has denied that murder, however.

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