Monique Olivier, the ex-spouse of France's most notorious serial killer, Michel Fourniret, finds herself back in the spotlight as she faces trial yet again. Olivier is being accused as an accomplice in the kidnapping and murder of three females. These highly-publicized kidnappings have terrorized France since the late 80s and early 2000s, casting a long shadow over the country's history.
Accomplice in Heinous Crimes
Olivier, now 75, was married to Michel Fourniret, charged with abduction, rape, and murder in these cases. Before his death in 2021, Fourniret confessed to killing eleven people. Olivier is already serving a life sentence for her role in four of those murders. However, the bodies of two victims, 19-year-old Marie-Angèle Domèce who disappeared in 1988, and nine-year-old Estelle Mouzin, kidnapped in 2003, have never been located.
Among the victims is 20-year-old Leeds University student Olivia Parrish, who was brutally killed in 1990. The other two victims - Marie-Angèle Domèce and Estelle Mouzin - remain missing, their bodies unfound despite intensive searches. The families of these victims seek justice and closure, hoping that Olivier's trial will shed light on the unsolved mysteries surrounding their loved ones' cases.
The trial represents 'the result of a very long battle,' said Didier Seban, the lawyer representing Estelle's father, Eric. 'We need to be able to get Monique Olivier to talk, so that we can make progress both on the three cases concerned, and on the crimes that are missing, that have not been taken into account by the courts today.' As Olivier herself expressed regret on the first day of her trial, the families, lawyers, and public alike wait with bated breath, hoping for answers and justice in this chilling chapter of French history.