In the eyes of the prosecutors, justice was done. They succeeded in convincing the court that 16-year-old Patrick Dils had murdered two young boys. But after serving 15 years for the double murder, a French jury in an appeals court decided that Dils was innocent of the charges brought against him. A convicted serial killer is now accused of the killings.
Contrary to myth, Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin did not invent the decapitation instrument that bears his name. Decapitation machines were used long before he was born.
Marcel Petiot was a physician, the mayor of his town, a hero of the French Resistance and an extremely prolific serial killer. Petiot–and several who aided him–were apprehended on March 17, 1944.
Con man, jewel thief, drug dealer and serial murderer Sobraj did it all for a life of adventure and intrigue — and ultimately became a media celebrity.
French police are pursuing new leads as they try to determine who was behind the massacre of a British family in a forest near the French Alps this summer. However, two very different theories about the crime have emerged that are leading investigators along different paths.
Robert and Joanne Hall’s dream of restoring and developing their French chateau dream home became a classic Gothic nightmare of ruination, insanity and murder.
Fourniret, aka The Beast of Ardennes, convicted of killing young women and children in France, Belgium and other European countries, says he killed about 2 a year for a decade or more. After his arrest in 2005, his wife turned on his to avoid conviction. On July 5 she was arrested anyway for her part in his crimes.
French police find a mother and her four children dead and buried underneath their house. Days before, the father had informed friends and relatives that the family had to move to the United States under the witness protection program. He then eludes police in the south of France.