A virginity-obsessed serial killer is feared to have raped and killed a total of 32 young girls over a 20-year period with the help of his wife.
Michel Fourniret, 78, has confessed to killing 12 people, mostly children and young woman, between 1987 and 2003.
He was reportedly helped by his third wife, Monique Olivier, who wrote to him while he was in prison in the 1980s and vowed to help him find virgins to satisfy his sick fantasies.
Fourniret, who admitted to being involved with the disappearance of nine-year-old Estelle Mouzin in 2020, has now taken responsibility for the death of Lydie Logé, who vanished from Saint-Christophe-le-Jajolet in Normandy.
When police confronted the sick killer with DNA from a mattress found in his van, he is reported to have told them: "I do not think that it could be anyone else but me who put an end to her passage through life."
Detectives are now working through a list of 20 other potential victims – which would bring the total number to 32.
Fourniret's reign of terror came to an end in 2003 when a 13-year-old Belgian girl he kidnapped broke free of her restraints and escaped.
A passer-by picked the young girl up and managed to jot down Fourniret's licence plate before calling police.
Detectives found the girl's hair in his van and Olivier soon turned on her husband in a bid to avoid a long jail sentence.
She had claimed she was a victim of a controlling psychopath, but Olivier was given a minimum of 28 years for he part in the killings.
Fourniret co-operated with police and confessed to many of the crimes, even showing investigators where some of his victims were buried.
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He was ultimately convicted of seven murders and sentenced to life in prison.
The killer has made more explosive confessions while being in custody, including admitting responsibility for the 1990 murder of Joanna Parrish, a Leeds University student from Gloucestershire.
She had been working at a school in Burgundy as part of her French degree and was raped and murdered by Fourniret.
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Joanna’s body was found naked in the River Yonne in Auxerre, the day after she was reported missing in May 1990.
Her case almost came to a close decades earlier when Olivier made a statement suggesting she was present at the murder of a young woman in Auxerre in 1990.
Olivier later withdrew her statement claiming it had been made under pressure after it emerged a prosecutor had slapped her during an interview.
Joanna’s parents, Roger Parrish and Pauline Murrell, continually pushed for the French authorities to carry on with the enquiry, even though it was temporarily closed in 2011.
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