A VIRGINITY-obsessed serial killer is feared to have raped and slaughtered a total of 32 young girls with the help of his WIFE.
Michel Fourniret's blood-soaked spree of rapes and murders spanned over 20 years and earnt him the nickname Ogre of the Ardennes.
Fourniret, 78, has now confessed to killing 12 people – mostly girls and young women who he also raped – between 1987 and 2003.
And police are working through a list of 20 other potential victims – which could bring the total number to 32.
The Frenchman was helped by his third wife, Monique Olivier, who wrote to him as a pen-pal while he was in prison in the 1980s for sexually assaulting and raping minors.
In letters they made a pact – she would help him find virgins to satisfy his sick fantasies if he murdered her first husband when he got out.
He has now admitted responsibility for the the death of Lydie Logé, who vanished from Saint-Christophe-le-Jajolet in Normandy.
Police confronted him with DNA from a mattress in his van that matched that of Logé’s mother – and he told investigators: "I do not think that it could be anyone else but me who put an end to her passage through life."
Fourniret's stomach-turning reign of terror came to a dramatic end in 2003 when his tried and tested method of kidnapping finally went wrong.
‘OGRE OF ARDENNES’
He lured a 13-year-old Belgian girl into his van and tied her up, sexually assaulted her, and threatened to kill her.
But when the van stopped the girl broke free of her restraints and got out the vehicle – a passing motorist picked her up and managed to jot down Fourniret's licence plate.
He was soon in custody and the victim's hair found in his van.
Olivier turned on her husband in a bid to avoid a lengthy sentence herself and claimed she'd been the victim of a controlling psychopath.
Realising he was doomed, Fourniret cooperated with police and confessed to many of the crimes, even showing investigators where some of his victims were buried.
At trial in 2008, Fourniret was convicted of seven murders and sentenced to life in prison.
Olivier was also given a minimum of 28 years for her complicity in the killings.
But since being in prison, Fourniret has made more explosive confessions.
In 2018, he admitted responsibility for the 1990 murder of Joanna Parrish, a Leeds University student from Gloucestershire who was raped and murdered while working at a school in Burgundy as part of her French degree.
And he also confessed to killing Marie-Angèle Domèce, an 18-year-old disabled woman, two years earlier.
And in 2020, one of France's most high-profile missing persons cases focused on the Ogre of the Ardennes – as he admitted to being involved with the disappearance of nine-year-old Estelle Mouzin.
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