When a 13-year-old girl escaped from a van in Belgium in 2003, having been bound around her wrists and ankles, she was able to identify her abductor as Michel Fourniret. Fourniret, a French husband and father in his 60s, lived with his wife Monique Olivier in a magnificent castle in the Ardennes, a mountain range in France.
Initially, Fourniret denied kidnapping the teenager, until his wife of many years (whom he met while in jail) told law enforcement a disturbing tale of abduction, rape, and murder that spanned multiple decades and caused the press to call her husband the "Ogre of the Ardennes," However, the police and public were even more shocked when they discovered Olivier not only knew about Fourniret's crimes, she'd actually been his accomplice, making them one of the most disturbing killer couples in French history.
He Allegedly Had A Sexual Relationship With His Mother
According to Michel Fourniret, who was born in France on April 4, 1942, he had multiple sexual experiences with his own mother as a young man, and the trauma caused by this incestuous abuse eventually led him to commit crimes against women. He also said he became obsessed with the concept of virginity after he married his first wife and learned that she, unlike Fourniret, was not a virgin.
Fourniret was apparently deeply disturbed when he learned his wife had been with other men, and this discovery caused him to become fixated on the idea of having sex with virgins. Tragically, Fourniret's bizarre obsession would have shocking consequences for a number of young women and girls.
He Met His Wife Through A Religious Magazine While He Was In Prison
While serving time in prison for 15 counts of sexual assault in and around Paris, Michel Fourniret sought out pen pals by placing ads in a publication for Roman Catholics. Monique Olivier, who had worked as a nurse, answered Fourniret’s ad, and the two exchanged deeply personal letters until he was was released from jail in 1987.
In addition to getting to know one another, Olivier and Fourniret used these communications to form a pact based on rape and murder that would lead to the brutal killings of several women and girls.
Before They Were Even Married, He Told His Wife About His Desire To Abduct And Rape Virgins
In the letters he wrote to Monique Olivier while he was incarcerated, Michel Fourniret shared some of his darkest secrets, including the sexual abuse his mother allegedly subjected him to as a child. Fourniret also told Olivier about his depraved sexual fantasies, including his obsession with kidnapping and raping virgin girls and young women.
Incredibly, Fourniret’s shocking and disturbing admission failed to alienate Olivier; in fact, she actually agreed to help the convicted criminal realize his fantasies once he got out of prison.
His Wife Agreed To Help Him Kidnap Virgins If He’d Murder Her Ex-Husband
Instead of being horrified by Michel Fourniret’s depraved revelation, Monique Olivier sought to use his dark fantasies to her advantage: she pledged to help him abduct young women and girls if he would agree to kill her first husband.
While Fourniret never murdered Olivier’s ex-husband, his failure to fulfill his promise didn’t stop her from keeping up her end of the bargain, as she helped him kidnap, rape, and murder multiple victims over the course of several years.