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French serial killer Michel Fourniret dies at 79 in prison hospital

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Michel Fourniret, the French serial killer dubbed the “Ogre of the Ardennes”, who was serving two life sentences for murdering eight people, died on Monday aged 79, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said. His victims were mostly girls and young women aged between 12 and 22

Fourniret was convicted in 2008 of killing seven women and girls aged between 12 and 22 after raping or attempting to rape them. He died at the La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris where he was admitted on April 28 from the nearby Fresnes prison.

His murderous spree spanned from 1987 to 2001. Fourniret, who had admitted a fascination for virgins, was arrested in 2003 after a 13-year-old girl escaped from his van and called the police.

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By that time, he was one of Europe’s most notorious serial killers. Dubbed the “Ogre of the Ardennes”, he committed most of his crimes in the wooded Ardennes region of northern France and in Belgium.

At the time, police missed a series of opportunities to snare Fourniret and the lessons learned helped bring about reforms in the way French police investigate serial murders.

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The moment he was shot dead (CCTV)

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