This year, a new judicial unit was created in France and located in Nanterre for criminal cases. It is more exactly a pole of justice that will be devoted entirely to unsolved criminal cases. Also called “cold cases”, these cases relate more specifically to investigations that began more than 18 months ago and have been unsuccessful: the perpetrator has not been identified and a trial cannot be held. To date, 241 unsolved files have been registered, including 173 unsolved crimes and 68 serial crime trials. According to Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti, the new judicial unit created “must allow these files to remain alive judicially and offer a response to the victims.” [dont] the sufferings are still alive”.
A retrospective look at 5 criminal cases still unsolved today and whose mystery still shakes us.
- Viguier case
On February 27, 2000, Suzanne Blanch disappeared. The 38-year-old woman is the wife of Jacques Viguier, a law professor at the University of Toulouse with whom she shares three children. At the time of the events, the couple has been married for 12 years but Suzanne wishes to divorce her. Her husband did not declare her missing until several days later, on March 1, 2000, and if Suzanne’s body was not found, murder was quickly hypothesized and the number one suspect was Jacques Viguier. During the investigation, Olivier Durandet declares himself to be Suzanne’s lover and his statements confirm the suspicions weighing on Jacques Viguier and lead to a first trial in 2009. Everything seems to accuse Jacques Viguier, whose infidelities are known. But evidence is lacking and Suzanne’s husband is finally acquitted. His acquittal was upheld on appeal in 2010. Éric Dupond-Moretti was then a defense attorney and testified about this long and winding trial that “it became a Lépine hypothesis contest”. Given this acquittal, Jacques Viguier is definitively removed from the list of suspects. Suzanne Blanch’s body was never found. The movie An intimate conviction Directed by Antoine Raimbault and currently on Netflix, it accurately returns to the second trial of this cold case.
2. Dupont de Ligonnès case
The Dupont de Ligonnès affair, also called “the Nantes massacre”, refers to the murder of the wife and four children of Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès in 2011. The entire family disappeared in April and the bodies of Agnès Dupont de Ligonnès are found and his sons. several days after her death, buried under the terrace of her house. With them also lie the bodies of the two family dogs. According to the autopsy, all members of the family received at least one bullet in the head and one or more bullets in the chest. The father of the family has disappeared. His questionable behavior prior to his disappearance quickly makes him the prime suspect: rifle shooting lessons, bank accounts closed, cement and sacks of lime bought in bulk, strange letters to his family. According to the prosecutor, he would have justified his and his family’s absence in a letter in which he would have written “that in a way he was a secret agent from the United States and had to return there as part of witness protection.” ”. program to attend a drug trial. He would also have mentioned a move to Australia. Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès was last seen in the Var on April 15, 2011 before disappearing completely. The last image of him shows him on a surveillance camera at 4:10 p.m. leaving the hotel where he had spent the night. Nobody knows what has become of him, but the investigation has given rise to more than 900 complaints since 2011. Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès is the subject of an international arrest warrant although some believe it to be a suicide.