Belgian paedophile planned ‘underground city’ of victims
Belgian paedophile Marc Dutroux planned to “kidnap many children” and create an “underground city” in an abandoned mine to imprison them, according to his former lawyer.
Dutroux was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, molesting and imprisoning six girls and murdering four of them, in a case that sparked demonstrations across Belgium and an overhaul of the nation’s criminal justice system.
Julien Pierre, who was Dutroux’s lawyer from his arrest in 1996 until 2003, the year before he was sentenced, gave Belgian weekly magazine Soir Mag details of conversations with the convicted murderer.
Dutroux, now 59, reportedly told his lawyer: “Do you realise that no one has ever asked why I chose that house, that region?
“My idea was to carry out mass kidnappings of children and then to create, in a mine shaft, a sort of underground city where good, harmony and security would prevail.”
He was arrested in August 1996. Two days later two missing teenage girls, Laetitia Delhez and Sabine Dardenne, were found alive in a hidden cellar in one of his houses in Marcinelle, close to Charleroi in Belgium’s south west.
In the following weeks, the bodies of eight-year-old friends Julie and Melissa who had been kidnapped in Liege in June 1995 were found in a basement at one of Dutroux’s houses, having died of starvation.
Following the grim discovery, Belgian authorities subsequently found the bodies of An Marchal, 17, and Efeje Lambrecks, 19, buried in a garden at another of Dutroux’s properties.
During his trial, Dardenne explained that her tormentor had adopted an alternative name and insisted that he was protecting her from mysterious “wicked” people, all the while subjecting her to sustained sexual abuse.
He also claimed to Sabine Dardenne that he had kidnapped Laetitia Delhez to “bring her a companion”.
During the kidnapping of Delhez, Dutroux’s van was spotted by people in her hometown, which led to his arrest.
Dutroux admitted his crimes and was duly found guilty of the kidnap and sexual abuse of six girls, and the killing of four of them. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Belgian pedophile trafficking ring and alleged cover up: Marc Dutroux & Nihoul
Marc Dutroux is a Belgian convicted pedophile rapist and (serial?) killer, now confined to prison for life. What is strange is that there were numerous allegations of a network/ring, with elite people in Belgium, even in France and the Netherlands alleged to be perpetrators (witnesses and others allege). The Belgian police and judicial authorities made many, many “blunders” in investigations (as well as not investigating incriminating and obvious leads, evidence, etc, such as hairs not being tested, DNA results not being shown, tip offs ignored by police, judges and others who were investigating a possible ring were sacked, as well as more than twenty witnesses and other informants who died mysteriously right before going forward with evidence; one person who was officially labeled as dying from a heart attack was in fact shown to have been poisoned, others threatened with murders and “accidents”, lots of witnesses committing “suicide”, all right before giving evidence to police). The investigative judge, Connerotte, who rescued two of the raped girls who were kidnapped by Dutroux and his accomplices, was sacked because he believed there was a gang or mafia related pedophile ring that reached high levels of elite. Lots of evidence and facts point that there is a pedophile ring, with Michel Nihoul being a possible ringleader. Nihoul and others have enjoyed a lot of protection from the government.
Another very strange thing is the fact that Dutroux had already been a convicted rapist in the 80s, after raping at least 5 children (girls). He only served a mere few years out of 12 years. Shortly after getting out, in the early 90s, he was at it again, and allegedly selling girls abroad, to other traffickers. He constructed an elaborate cell, dungeon, in which he raped and held girls. What is very strange is that he was released so early for the rape of 5 children, and that police already had him on a suspect list and yet when children went missing, of which he was named a possible suspect, he was not investigated for over a year, even after tip offs (from his mother, that he was holding girls at his house, and other tips). The police eventually went there, and heard sounds of children shouting (which were actually the victims), but accepted Dutroux’s excuse that the sounds were just children playing outside, while knowing this guy was already a convicted child rapist and suspect and they had already received tip-offs at that point. But oh, no, they “couldn’t” search for or find them. While the police were there, Dutroux in fact had two girls hostage in his underground, hidden dungeon cell. When the girls were finally found, later, it was too late and they were dead. Two more were found buried in his garden, they had been raped and buried alive. Two girls were freed, alive, but had been raped: Sabinne Dardenne and Laetitia Delhez.
Dutroux already had criminal ties to Michel Nihoul (car thefts and drug trafficking in Belgium and to Eastern Europe
Here is what Connerote, the initial investigative judge in the case, who rescued the two live girls, said about being threatened because of the truth being suppressed:
“On the witness stand, Jean-Marc Connerotte, the original judge of the case, broke down in tears when he described “the bullet-proof vehicles and armed guards needed to protect him against the shadowy figures determined to stop the full truth coming out. Never before in Belgium has an investigating judge at the service of the king been subjected to such pressure. We were told by police that [murder] contracts had been taken out against the magistrates.” Connerotte testified that the investigation was seriously hampered by protection of suspects by people in the government. “Rarely has so much energy been spent opposing an inquiry,” he said. He believed that the Mafia had taken control of the case.
Belgian sex ring ‘ignored’
A Belgian television station has broadcast a clandestine interview with the paedophile murder suspect, Marc Dutroux, who is awaiting trial on charges of abducting, raping and killing four girls.
I maintained regular contact with people in this ring. However, the law does not want to investigate this lead
Dutroux was arrested in 1996 in a case which rocked the nation. Two of the children who he abducted starved to death in makeshift dungeons under his house.
In the interview with the Flemish-language station VTM Dutroux admitted locking up the girls but did not acknowledge responsibility for their deaths.
He also said he had been part of a wider paedophile network but said the justice system did not want to pursue it.
“There is a well-grounded [paedophile] ring,” he said. “I maintained regular contact with people in this ring. However, the law does not want to investigate this lead.”
Dutroux has already served time for a paedophile conviction. He was set free in 1992 after serving three years of a 13-year sentence for raping five girls.
Dutroux freely admitted the abduction of teenagers An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks, and eight-year-olds Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo, although it was not clear whether he was aware that he was speaking to a journalist.
“I kept Julie and Melissa captive at my place, so I’m not innocent. I kept An and Eefje captive at my place, so I’m not innocent. I’m absolutely guilty,” Dutroux said.
But he has always maintained that he did not murder the girls. He accuses his second wife, Michelle Martin, of failing to feed Julie and Melissa.
Dutroux’s trial is due to start next year. It has been delayed several times as a result of the extensive investigation into the girls’ deaths.
This has included forensic tests on some 6,000 hair samples taken from Dutroux’s basement to try and establish whether the girls had any other visitors.
But the BBC’s Shirin Wheeler in Brussels says the interview is bound to fuel theories that the delay in bringing Dutroux to trial is because of a cover-up by members of the Belgian establishment allegedly linked to paedophile activities.
The parents of two of the young victims – An Marchal and Melissa Russo – say they are deeply unhappy Dutroux has been interviewed.
The reporter who interviewed him was smuggled into his cell by a visiting senator, Jean-Marie Dedecker.
Liberal Senator Dedecker is now facing disciplinary action by his party for allowing the journalist to pass himself off as his driver.