How did Michel Paul Fourniret die? 'Ogre of the Ardennes' confessed he killed 11, including 9-year-old girl

How did Michel Paul Fourniret die? 'Ogre of the Ardennes' confessed he killed 11, including 9-year-old girl
Michel Paul Fourniret had murdered multiple people between 1987 and 2003 (Wikipedia and Netflix France/YouTube)

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SEDAN, FRANCE: From 1987 to 2003, Michel Paul Fourniret, a French serial killer, raped and killed women and girls whom his wife Monique Olivier picked up in her car while driving around with their young son in the back seat. Dubbed the "Ogre of the Ardennes," Fourniret's victims, between 12 and 22, were shot, strangled or stabbed to death with a screwdriver. Bringing these gruesome details to forefront, Netflix is releasing ‘Monique Olivier: Accessory to Evil’ on March 2, which will take a detailed look into the role of Olivier, who fulfilled her husband’s sick needs and is now serving a 28-year sentence for her involvemnet in five of her husband’s murders.

Fourniret confessed to killing 11 people, which includes British student Joanna Parrish, was found dead in a river in Auxerre in 1990, as per BBC. It was only after after a failed attempt to kidnap a 13-year-old girl that he was finally caught and arrested at his home in Sart-Custinne, Belgium on June 26, 2003, per Journeyman. In a sensational 2008 trial, he was convicted of seven of his brutal killings.



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Who were Michel Paul Fourniret's 11 victims?

Fourniret's known victims were Isabelle Laville, Fabienne Leroy, Jeanne-Marie Desramault, Elisabeth Brichet, Natacha Danais, Celine Saison, Mananya Thumphong, Farida Hammiche, Marie-Angèle Domèce, Joanna Parrish and Estelle Mouzin. Domèce was a disabled woman, who went missing on July 8, 1988, at the age of 19, per Get To Text. Mouzin was Fourniret's youngest victim, who was just nine when he murdered her in 2003. 

On May 10, 2021, Fourniret, who was serving life in prison without parole, died. However, with the death of her husband, aged 79 that time, Olivier, 72, is now attracting attention as the facilitator of her husband's sick crimes.



How did Michel Paul Fourniret die?

Fourniret was rushed from Fresnes prison to a secure unit at Pitié Salpêtrière hospital in Paris on May 8, 2021 after "suffering from respiratory problems," per The Mirror. A source informed the outlet at that time, "he is suffering with heart problems and mental degeneration, has been placed in a coma, and doctors consider he cannot be resuscitated." Following Fourniret's death, Richard Delgene, Olivier's lawyer said, "Michel Fourniret is taking his secrets with him. As we still have a lot of cases in progress, Monique Olivier will remain the only one in the defendants’ box to be held accountable."

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