Serial Killer’s Ex-Wife Convicted for Complicity

( – The wife of a French serial killer has been ordered to serve a life sentence for her role in the rape and murder of two young women and the kidnap of a nine-year-old girl more than 20 years ago. Monique Olivier, now 75, was already serving a life sentence for her role in several other kidnappings, rapes, and murders she assisted her husband, Michel Fourniret, in committing between 1987 and 2001. Dubbed the “Ogre of Ardennes”, Fourniret was imprisoned for life in 2008 for the killings of seven girls and young women, although he later confessed to a total of 11 murders before his death in 2021.

Fourniret died before he could stand trial for the kidnap of nine-year-old Estelle Mouzin in 2003, whose body has never been found, and the 1990 rape and murder of Joanne Parrish, aged 20, and Marie-Angèle Domèce, aged 18, in 1988. While he died before he could face justice for these crimes, his wife Olivier was handed a further life sentence for her part in capturing the victims and leading them to their deaths. The father of Joanne Parrish, Roger Parrish, said that Olivier’s presence would have helped to dupe the victims, as they would have been less likely to believe a woman capable of such cruelty.

In court, Olivier described her actions as “unforgivable”, yet asked the families of her victims to forgive her. She claimed to regret her crimes and told the court that she did nothing while her husband murdered Parrish because she was afraid to act.

Olivier first began to correspond with Fourniret when he was in prison, serving a sentence for rape. She became his pen pal and agreed to a pact in which she would help to find virgins for him to rape in return for him murdering her first husband. He did not go on to kill her husband, but the pair still married, had a son, and embarked on a violent and years-long crime spree together.

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