The body of the 59-year-old man, dubbed François V by French media, was found on Wednesday in the town of Grau-du-Roi near Montpellier. In a suicide note, he claims the serial killer Le Grêlé. to be
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A former cop claimed in his suicide note that he was a notorious serial killer.
The body of the 59-year-old man, dubbed François V by French media, was found on Wednesday in the town of Grau-du-Roi near Montpellier.
A suicide note found suggests that he could have been Le Grêlé – which translates as “the pockmarked man” – a serial killer who was linked to a number of rapes and murders in the 1980s and 1990s.
One of the victims was 11-year-old Cecile Bloch, who was reported missing by her mother when she failed to come home for lunch on May 5, 1986.
Her partially naked body was later found under an old rug in a basement and evidence suggested that she had been strangled, stabbed and raped.
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Le Grêlé has also been linked to the deaths of Gilles Politi, 38, Irmgard Müller, 20 and Karine Leroy, 19.
In the suicide note, the former police officer described himself as “not good in life” at the time of the murders, according to the French newspaper. The Parisian.
He claimed he had “pulled himself together” since then.
French media reports that he took his own life after being suspected of the crimes.
According to Le Parisien, the authorities had ordered him to appear before a judge, but he did not comply.
He reportedly left a note that read, “I admit that I am a great criminal who committed unforgivable acts until the late 1990s.”
According to reports, a DNA test is now being carried out on his body.
After reports of the suicide note surfaced, neighbors said they were surprised because the former police officer was a helpful person who led a quiet life.
One said: “François was a solid guy, very tall. He was very helpful. And he came regularly to help my wife Thérèse’s computers.
“In a few minutes he had everything restored. This story is incredible.”