GRÈGORY

Apr 30, 2009 - by Anthony Davis - 0 Comments

Gregory Villemin

Grègory Villemin, age 4

The murder of little Grègory Villemin was one of the most mysterious and media-hyped criminal cases of the 20th century. During the 25 years since, the investigation has seen new and surprising developments, throwing light on numerous dysfunctions within both the French judicial system and the media, and leading to repercussions including a second murder, the resignation of a high-ranking gendarmerie office, the destruction of one judge's reputation and another's loss of health and subsequent premature death. Who was the murderer? Who was the corbeau? A quarter of a century later these questions remain unanswered in a story of murder, revenge, bizarre family feuding, strange twists and surprise suspects.

by Anthony Davis

Grègory Villemin would have been 29 years old this year and probably – like his parents before him – happily married, with a good job and a nice house. Instead, an infinitely more cruel fate was reserved for him: On Tuesday, October 16, 1984 his body, tied hand and foot, was found floating in the River Vologne. He was only 4 years old.

As if this wasn't shock enough for the 1,000 inhabitants of the village of Lèpanges-sur-Vologne (Vosges, north-eastern France), a second murder was to follow a mere five months later.

So many rumors, contradictions distortions of the truth have beset the case that it is difficult picking one's way through the files, news reports and books written on the subject to determine what was fact and what supposition, malicious gossip or plain lies.

*********** Please subscribe to Crime Magazine to view all content. **********

Subscription Options:

Yearly Subscription $29.99 Automatically renews until you cancel.

90-Day Subscription $9.99 Does not automatically renew.

Monthly Subscription $2.99 Automatically renews until you cancel.

Gift Subscriptions:

Gift 90-Day Subscription $9.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift Yearly Subscription $29.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift 2 year Subscription $49.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift 3 year Subscription $69.99 Does not automatically renew.

Bulk Subscriptions:

Discount option for schools, groups and other institutions. Inquire here for bulk subscriptions. 

Please note that Crime Magazine is an Internet only publication and is not mailed to subscribers

Total views: 21269