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Ex-French Police Officer Identifies Himself In Suicide Note As Serial Killer Who Terrorized Paris

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 30, 2021

Topline

A retired French police officer revealed himself as the serial killer responsible for a series of brutal rapes and murders in Paris during the 1980s and 1990s in a suicide note before he fatally overdosed on Wednesday after being called for questioning by police in connection with the case, according to French media reports.

Key Facts

The 59-year-old man, identified only as “Francois V.,” claimed he was “Grele,” the violent murderer and rapist who was known for his pockmarked features, The Daily Beast reported.

His body was apparently found at a seaside resort near the southern city of Montpellier, a roughly eight-hour drive from Paris.

The man was being looked at by authorities, and was set to provide DNA to the police before his death.

Forensic tests are now reportedly being undertaken to confirm the authenticity of his claims.

Key Background

“Grele” is believed to have carried at least six rapes and a number of brutal murders, including those of 11-year-old Cécile Bloch, 19-year-old Karine Leroyand, 38-year-old Gilles Politi and his aur pair, 21-year-old Irmgard Mueller; the latter two were also “savagely tortured,” according to The Daily Beast. Another French serial killer active in the late 20th century, Michel Fourniret, died in prison in May while serving two life sentences.

Further Reading

Cop Leaves Suicide Note Unmasking Himself as Notorious ‘Grele’ Serial Killer” (The Daily Beast)

French confession may end 35-year hunt for serial killer” (BBC News)

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