Serial killer Michel Fourniert is beginning the first day of the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of the murders of seven women and girls in northern France and Belgium. The 66-year-old Frenchman also raped or attempted to rape his victims, who were aged between 12 and 22.
His lengthy sentence should serve as a deterrent according to the mother of one of the victims who said: “I want all the other perverts out there to understand that one day the law will catch up with them.”
Joelle Parfondry escaped from Fourniret’s clutches and gave evidence at his trial. She was in court to hear the sentence handed down: “I feel much better now and I really want to move on and show that life does go on and is packed full of enjoyable things.” she told reporters.
Fourniret’s wife, 59-year-old Monique Olivier, must serve at least 28 years in jail for acting as his accomplice.
But the story is not yet finished. The pair are due to appear in court together again at the end of June. This time it is in connection with the murder of 20-year-old British student Joanna Parrish in France in 1990.