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Grégory, Godard, the telephone bar … These big unsolved cases – France


  • 1 The Gregory case
  • On October 16, 1984, the body of Grégory Villemin, aged 4, is found in the Vologne, a Vosges river. For years, the Villemin family has claimed to be the victim of a raven. Cousin of Jean-Marie Villemin – the father of Grégory -, Bernard Laroche is arrested, then released. The latter will be shot dead by a rifle shot by Jean-Marie Villemin. The mother of the child, Christine Villemin, will be indicted to be finally exonerated. Jean-Marie Villemin was sentenced to five years in prison for the murder of his cousin. The investigation is still ongoing.

  • 2 The Horsemanship
  • September 5, 2012, four people (a cyclist and three members of the same English family of Iraqi origin) were found dead, shot and killed, in a parking lot in Chevaline, near Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie). Free act, settling of scores against a background of inheritance or espionage? Nine years after the fact, the mystery remains unsolved.

  • 3 Where is Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès?
  • In Nantes, it was on April 21, 2011 that investigators discovered the bodies of Agnès Dupont de Ligonnès and the four children. The father of the family, Xavier de Ligonnès, is the main suspect in this case. Filmed by surveillance cameras, he was seen one last time, on April 14 and 15, 2011, in the Var. Has he ended his life or is he on the run? So far, only his car has been found …

  • 4 Godard case: still the enigma
  • Departing from Saint-Malo (35), in September 1999, Doctor Yves Godard rents a boat, then takes to the sea with his family and disappears. At his home, in Tilly-sur-Seulles (Calvados), the gendarmes found traces of his wife’s blood. On June 6, 2000, off Erquy (22), a trawler pulled up the skull of the doctor’s daughter. Six years later, not far from Roscoff, a fishing boat brought back a tibia and a femur, identified as being those of Dr Godard. Neither the body of the wife nor that of the son will be found, just like the sailboat. In September 2012, the prosecution will close the case.

    In Roscoff, the arrival at the quayside of the AT-FYL which brought up the remains of Doctor Yves Godard. (Photo Claude Prigent)
  • 5 “Omar killed me”
  • In 1991, Ghislaine Marchal was killed in her villa in Mougins (Alpes-Maritimes). On the spot, the police found two inscriptions written in blood “OMAR M’A TUER”. The victim’s gardener, Omar Raddad, was arrested and sentenced in 1994 to 18 years in prison. Two years later, he will benefit from a partial pardon granted by President Jacques Chirac. Since his release, Omar Raddad tries in vain to have his conviction revised.

  • 6 ten deaths at the telephone bar
  • In Marseille, on October 3, 1978, three armed men appeared in the bar of the Téléphone where they killed 10 people. If the settling of accounts (procuring or trafficking in counterfeit money) is mentioned at the outset, all eyes will then be on the SAC (civic action service), often perceived as being the “parallel police” of the Gaullist regime. But the perpetrators of the shooting will never be arrested.

    Grégory, Godard, the telephone bar … These big unsolved cases – France
    The front page of the telegram of October 4, 1978. (DR)
  • 7 Bruay-en-Artois
  • In Pas-de-Calais, Bruay-en-Artois (today Bruay-la-Buissière), the mutilated body of Brigitte Dewèvre (15 years old) is discovered in a vacant lot by children on April 6, 1972. The the village lawyer and his mistress are suspected, but neither admits the facts. They will be left at liberty. The crime will be prescribed in 2005, without the culprit having been arrested.

    Grégory, Godard, the telephone bar … These big unsolved cases – France
    The front page of the Telegram of April 14, 1972 (DR)
  • 8 The Seznec case
  • Against the background of the sale of Cadillac, Guillaume Seznec, sawmill master in Morlaix (29), was sentenced, in November 1924, to hard labor for life following the disappearance, in May 1923, of General Councilor Pierre Quéméneur, whose the body was never found. On February 2, 1946, a collective decree of pardon linked to the closure of the Cayenne penal colony allows Seznec, who has always claimed his innocence, to be released.

    Grégory, Godard, the telephone bar … These big unsolved cases – France
    Guillaume Seznec. (Photo DR)