Open Case: Falling Hail

DNA has finally spoken. François Vérove, an ex-gende who committed suicide last Wednesday, is the murderer and serial rapist wanted in France since 1986.

Several generations of Crim have pulled their hair on end in the “Hail” archive, volumes with yellowed pages for decades and synonymous with an insoluble enigma. Thirty-five years that French investigators had hoped to catch this serial murderer and rapist, suspected of at least “five crimes committed between 1986 and 1994” in the Paris region. His patience paid off, the man is identified. On the other hand, he can never be questioned; François Vérove took his own life, taking the most …


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