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Verdict due on self-confessed French serial killer

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Verdict due on self-confessed French serial killer


A verdict is expected today in the trial of French serial killer Michel Fourniret and his wife Monique Olivier. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison for the couple they have described as “the devil with two faces.”

The 66-year-old self-confessed killer Fourniret is accused of the kidnap, rape and murder of seven young girls and women between 1987 and 2001. His wife is accused of helping him trap victims, one of them just 12 years old.

Fourniret’s lawyer, Pierre Blocquaux says he will not appeal the verdict returned by the jury, “He doesn’t want to defend himself because he considers he is undefendable. He won’t ask for a pardon because he is unpardonable,” he said.

Fourniret’s first victim, Isabelle Laville, was murdered at the end of 1987. Her mother Marie- Jeanne said the whole episode was very hard, but the end has been arrived at and the page can now be turned.

The couple’s grim killing spree came to an end in 2003 when a 13-year-old girl Fourniret tried to abduct in Belgium was able to escape and raised the alarm. Besides the seven murders the couple has admitted, investigators believe Fourniret may also have killed a number of other women.

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