(HorizonPost.com) – Between 1986 and 1994, Paris, France, and surrounding areas suffered through the work of a serial murderer known as Le Grêlé — “the pockmarked man,” based on witness descriptions. Thanks to a suicide note, authorities identified François Vérove, a gendarme (part of a military force that also acts as police) who eventually transitioned to a civilian position. Apparently, he was a very dark and disturbed individual.
A 59-year-old former French police officer has unmasked himself as a notorious serial killer in a suicide note written just before he overdosed on pills Wednesday, according to local media reports https://t.co/EBokHGDiPE
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 30, 2021
Le Grêlé began his reign of terror on May 5, 1986. Cécile Bloch’s parents’ absolute worst nightmare began at noon that day when the girl’s mother phoned to make sure the 11-year-old had made it home for lunch, got no answer, and checked with her school only to find out she had never made it there. Not long after, they found her body in the basement of the building where the family lived. Police confirmed later she was assaulted. Le Grêlé continued his crime spree, sometimes adding torture to the mix. Victims often included other children of similar age.
Fast forward to 2021, cold case investigators narrowed their search to one of the gendarme centers near where they had found the final victim. They called in “around 750 [men] stationed in the Paris region at the time of the events,” the Washington Post quoted a local prosecutor as saying. Perhaps sensing the walls closing around him, Vérove rented a room on the Mediterranean coast, wrote a suicide note/confession, and swallowed enough pills to kill himself. DNA evidence appears to back up the confession.
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