Life for the Devil

Michel Fourniret will spend at least 30 years behind bars, his wife at least 28. The couple, called “a devil with two faces” by the state prosecutor Francis Nachbar, have been found guilty in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of seven young girls and women in France between 1987 and 2001.

Fourniret admitted he had a sexual obsession with virgins and told the court, “I remain an extremely dangerous individual.” He reportedly had sex with one of his victims, a 13 year old, after stabbing her to death.

Monique Olivier, Fourniret’s wife, was not just an unwilling participant in the crimes. She actively aided her husband in the kidnappings and murders, acting, as one prosecutor described her, as a “catalyst.”