Pick Me Up magazine asked for my professional opinion on Michel Fourniret in their regular column ‘Making of a Monster.’ Out on 22nd February 2012, I supplied the following psychological insight:
Michel Fourniret, also known as the ‘Ogre of the Ardennes,’ was driven towards these monstrous acts through a desire to take the innocence from others that his mother had taken from him. Fourniret’s own account of his childhood suggests that he lost his virginity through incest perpetrated by his mother. This, along with the portrayal of women during the time when the Nazis had taken over Sedan, created a hate of women.
The abuse carried out by his mother also created in Fourniret a thirst for reclaiming his virginity by taking this from the young females from whom he sought revenge for his troubled childhood. It was the anger built up from Fourniret’s childhood, along with the assistance of his ‘bloody muse,’ Monique Olivier, which culminated in the rape and murder of nine or more young girls and women.
The horrific nature of Fourniret’s crimes is so disturbing that psychologists advised that the jury might need counselling. Fourniret expressed no remorse, suggesting his troubled childhood would have led to these tragic events either with or without the help of Olivier. Fourniret’s mother, his abusive childhood, and the Nazi portrayal of women witnessed by Fourniret combined in the making of a monster.