Michel Fourniret, one of France’s most notorious serial killers has died. He was 79.
According to a report by Euronews quoting a public prosecutor in Paris, Fourniret died in the Pitie-Salpetriere secure inter-regional hospital unit at 3 pm on Monday, May 10. No further details were divulged.
Euronews said that the serial killer had been hospitalised since April 28 in the care unit of Fresnes prison, the second-largest jail in France, where he had served out two life sentences for the rape and death of eight girls and young women between 1987 and 2001.
He was arrested in 2003 after a 13-year-old girl was able to escape from his car and called the police and was later slapped with life imprisonment after being involved in the murder of a mobster’s companion.
In March last year, Fourniret admitted to killing 9-year-old Estelle Mouzin who went missing in 2003 in Guermantes. As of this writing, the victim’s body remained missing.
Fourniret was also linked to the disappearance of Marie-Angele Domece, Joanna Parrish, and Lydie Loge, a 29-year-old woman who disappeared in 1993.
The prosecutor said that the third district of the judicial police has initiated an investigation to look into Fourniret’s death.
It was earlier reported by Le Parisien that the serial killer suffered from a heart problem and Alzheimer’s disease.