Through DNA, a former French police has been linked to cold case slayings and rapes.
Prosecutors in France have identified a former police officer as the perpetrator of a 35-year string of slayings and rapes.
Before dying himself this week, former officer François Vérove, who formerly served as a gendarmes, or military officer, left a letter confessing to the crimes.
DNA tests “confirmed a link between the genetic profile identified at many murder locations and that of the dead guy,” said Paris public prosecutor Laure Beccuau on Thursday.
Vérove was charged with five crimes between 1986 and 1994, according to a prosecutor’s statement obtained by CNN, including “rape of 15-year-old juveniles, murders, attempted homicide, armed robberies, wrongful use of title, and kidnapping and false detention of a 15-year-old.”
The culprit eluded detection for decades, according to The Guardian, but cold case investigators have concluded that the atrocities were committed by a gendarme. Hundreds of former gendarmes, including Vérove, were summoned for questioning.
According to French media, Vérove’s message stated that he was not in a good state at the time of the acts, but did not specify a cause.
According to the Guardian, Vérove pretended to be a police officer to many women while abducting and rapping them. An 11-year-old girl was among those killed, whom he allegedly took from her building’s elevator and raped before dumping her body in the basement. He was also linked to the attack and death of a German au pair and her male supervisor in a Paris apartment, according to investigators.
According to Didier Seban, a lawyer for the victims’ families, family members assumed a police officer or gendarme was involved in the assaults since he used police tactics to subdue his victims.
“We’re going to ask the justice system to keep looking into it, to see whether he had any collaborators, and to figure out how many people were killed,” he said. “Answers must be given to the families.”
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