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French serial killer forced into court

THE SELF-CONFESSED French serial killer Michel Fourniret, who threatened to “boycott” his own trial for the murder of seven girls, was brought by force to court yesterday.

“Every day, Fourniret, you will be at the trial or you will be brought by force,” the visibly angry prosecutor Francis Nachbar told the accused, who sat next to his wife and alleged accomplice Monique Olivier.

“You will no longer manipulate anyone... I represent society and society will not be subject to your caprices and your moods. Stop this intolerable indecency,” said Nachbar.

Fourniret, 65, and Olivier, 59, sat with bowed heads behind bullet-proof glass as court officials read out a litany of horrific crimes that began in 1987 and ended in 2003 when a 13-year-old Belgian girl managed to escape his clutches and alert the police.

The parents of the victims allegedly murdered by Fourniret, dubbed the “Ogre of the Ardennes”, heard on Thursday how Olivier had agreed to find him virgins if he agreed to kill her first husband.

Yesterday, the victims’ families again sat opposite the two accused and listened as court officials continued their preliminary run-through the evidence of kidnappings, rapes and murders.

Fourniret is accused of the rape and murder of six young women in France and one in Belgium. The victims were aged between 12 and 21, and were either strangled, stabbed with a screwdriver or shot. Olivier is on trial for one of the same murders and complicity in four of the others.

Yesterday, the court heard how 18-year-old Celine Saison was abducted in 2000, in Charleville-Mezieres, a north-eastern French town near the Belgian border, as she left school.

According to statements made by the accused and read out in court, Olivier did not accompany Fourniret when he raped and then strangled Saison, before dumping her body in a wood over the border in Belgium.

When Fourniret returned home after the murder “he was proud of himself as usual”, Olivier said in a statement.

The second victim referred to yesterday was 13-year-old Mananya Thumpong, who was also raped and murdered and dumped in a Belgian forest.

“He (Fourniret) showed great satisfaction at having deflowered her,” said Olivier in a statement to investigators.

On Thursday, Fourniret admitted to being “devoid of human emotion” in a text he submitted to presiding judge Gilles Latapie

In the often incomprehensible document, a copy of which was later obtained from his lawyers, Fourniret said he would “boycott” the trial because it would be a media circus.


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