Prosecuted for 5 rapes, the “predator of the woods” killed himself in jail | EUROtoday

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VShe who was nicknamed the “predator of the woods”, suspected of 5 rapes of teenage ladies aged 15 to 19 between 1998 and 2008, ended his life whereas in detention at Fleury-Mérogis jail (Essonne) within the evening of March 19 to twenty. The data, initially relayed by The Parisianwas confirmed by the Évry public prosecutor's workplace to AFP.

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The “predator of the woods” won’t ever face his victims or face justice. Aged 64, this man, indicted and detained for the kidnappings and rapes of 5 teenage ladies, was discovered lifeless in his cell, having apparently hanged himself along with his sheets.

Always working overtly to commit his crimes, he would transport his victims by automobile to a wooded space the place he would sexually assault them at gunpoint, then depart them almost bare and disoriented.

Five teenage victims

His first sufferer, a 16-year-old woman, was kidnapped on December 4, 1998 in La Rochelle. Sexually assaulted at knifepoint in a forest in Ballon close to Ciré-d'Aunis, she was then launched.

In the ten years that adopted, 4 different younger ladies had been raped in Île-de-France, utilizing the identical methodology. The victims had been aged between 15 and 19 on the time. He attacked them in forests or undergrowth, and he systematically threatened by repeating the identical phrase “don’t be stupid, otherwise I’ll kill you”.

25 years of monitoring

The final crime of the “predator of the woods” dates again to June 8, 2008, and but his hunt lasted 25 years. Despite traces of his DNA discovered on the crime scenes, he remained elusive. Investigators on the time had been confronted with the dearth of match between this DNA and the genetic profiles listed of their databases.

Since 2016, the investigations had been transferred to the OCRVP, the Central Office for the Repression of Violence towards Persons. She had used new strategies to relaunch the hunt for the rapist, specifically by growing a brand new robotic portrait extra life like than the earlier one. The “predator of the woods” was lastly recognized and apprehended, with the assistance of the FBI, the American investigative service. He was arrested and indicted in December 2022 after 25 years of monitoring.