List of mysterious deaths surrounding the Dutroux Affair

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Dutroux Affair

from: pehi.eu website [1] organized by date of death


  • 18Aug1950 - murder - Julien Lahaut - During the inauguration of King Baudouin (King Baudouin of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ?) in 1951, someone shouted "Vive la République," which is usually attributed to communist party chairman Julien Lahaut (although it might have been someone sitting next to him), a long time very popular politician. Later prime minister (and fascist) Paul Vanden Boeynants went berserk and had to be restrained from attacking the communist party at the gathering. A week later, Julien Lahaut was shot in front of his home by two unknown persons. Only recently it became known that one of the assassins, "Adolphe," was part of the Belgian Stay-Behind network (Gladio in Italy).
  • around 1980 - traffic accident - Miss/Lady Crockaert - In the Pinon Dossier (the affair started in 1979) Lady Crockaert admitted to having been a co-organizer of the "pink ballets" (sex orgies in which it is suspected that under aged children regularly took part). She also said these sex parties were attended by Prince (later King) Albert II (King Albert II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ?) , but only when there were under aged children present.

1981

  • 31March1981 - suicide - Luc van den Daele - IT specialist at the Gendarmerie who, against the will of his superiors, was privately investigating the drug trafficking charges against the National Bureau for Drugs (NBD; set up and controlled by the gendarmerie and Paul Vanden Boeynants). Before being shot dead in his own neighborhood, he had stated to colleagues that he knew the identities of those involved in the drug trafficking. After his death it turned out that his file cabinet had been broken into and all his files had been stolen. Van den Daele's death was ruled a suicide and no investigation was ever done. His colleagues claimed he was murdered.
  • 12Oct1981 - attempted murder - Adjutant Guy Goffinon - One of two chief investigators in the 1980 National Bureau for Drugs (NBD) affair
  • 26Oct1981 - attempted murder - Lt.-col. Herman Vernaillen - One of two chief investigators in the 1980 National Bureau for Drugs (NBD) affair

1983

  • 17Sept1983 - Gang of Nijvel(?) - Elise Dewit - CEPIC member. Sexclub owner. Had been a central figure in organizing the pink ballets
  • 17Sept1983 - Gang of Nijvel(?) - Jacques Fourez - CEPIC member. Sexclub owner. Had been a central figure in organizing the pink ballets
  • 2Oct1983 - Gang of Nijvel(?) - Jacques Van Camp - CEPIC member. Owned the restaurant Aux trois Canards. Said to have been good friend of Jacques Fourez and Elise Dewit, who often frequented his restaurant. Van Camp was believed to be equally involved with the Pink Ballets. Alleged child abusers Jean-Paul Dumont, Paul Vanden Boeynants and gendarmerie Gen. Fernand Beaurir regularly went to eat at Aux trois Canards. X2 said her pimp, Oliver Castiaux, also went to Aux trois Canards and knew Van Camp.

1984

  • 24April1984 - suicide - Paul Latinus - Nazi. Recruited by the DIA (?) in 1967, age 17. Trained by NATO. Reserve lieutenant with the Air Force. Paid informant of State Security. Recruited as an intelligence agent by PIO in 1977, which was controlled by Paul Vanden Boeynants and Baron de Bonvoisin (Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin ?) . Recommended everywhere by the CEPIC leadership, among them Paul Vanden Boeynants and Baron de Bonvoisin (Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin ?). Member Front de la Jeunesse, controlled by Baron de Bonvoisin (Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin ?). Founder Westland New Post (WNP) in 1981. Named as one of the leaders of Group G. Afraid he was going to be killed. Committed suicide in 1984 by hanging himself with a telephone wire which hardly could support even half of his weight.

1985

  • 11Aug1985 - murder - Jules Montel - Professional gambler. Small-time criminal. Informant to a number of police services. Around Montel's death, magistrate Claude Leroy wanted him to testify about his role as an informant about Gang of Nijvel-related affairs. Turned out to be in the possession of one of the weapons of the assassinated Juan Mendez, a member of a Nazi underground group which was tied to the WNP and Front de la Jeunesse. Shot several times in the head by killers who were not interested in his wallet.
  • 27Sept1985 - Gang of Nijvel - Leon Finne - CEPIC member and director of Banque Copine back in 1973. Said to have been a financier of illegal arms sales to Israel and Arab countries. Told lieutenant-colonel Herman Vernaillen (who survived an assassination attempt) in 1980 that a silent fascist coup was ongoing in Belgium and that some of the key players were Paul Vanden Boeynants and state police Gen. Fernand Beaurir
  • 9Nov1985 - Gang of Nijvel - Jan Palsterman - Friend and business partner of Léon Finne

1986

  • 7Jan1986 - murder - Juan Mendez - Born in 1952... Arms merchant at Fabrique National (FJ) whose Peruvian predecessor fled Belgium after it was found out he worked for the CIA and was involved in the illegal arms and drug trade. Involved with the fascist underground since the late 1970s and was tested to be introduced to higher circles by Bouhouche. Part of Bouhouche's group to some day conduct a terror-extortion campaign against warehouses. Interrogated several weeks before his murder about his connection to Douglas Stowell, a rich American who apparently was working for or with the CIA in Iran-Contra affair. One MP5 machine gun stolen from the Diana Group was found at his home after he was killed. Almost certainly murdered by Madani Bouhouche, who took order from Front de la Jeunesse and the Westland New Post.

1989

  • 1989 - murder - Son of Joris Vivelle - Vernaillen almost certainly survived an assassination attempt several hours earlier, because he unexpectedly was riding along in the car of gendarme officer Joris Vivelle. Vivelle's son was kidnapped in southern France in 1989 (probably during the summer vacation from June to August) and found back badly mutilated. Several months earlier, in May 1989, now lt.-col. Herman Vernaillen of the gendarmerie supplied Andre Bourgeois, head of an investigating committee, with names of people who back in 1980 were trying to destabilize the Belgium state in order to bring in a more hard-right government. These names included Paul Vanden Boeynants, Jose Desmarets (former PSC vice premier) Jean Militis (special forces Col. and PRL member of parliament), Lt.-Gen. Vivario (Army chief of staff) prosecutor Raymond Charles and Gen. Fernand Beaurir. Vernaillen had been given these names in 1980 by Leon Finne, a former CEPIC member and banker who used to be involved in illegal arms sales.

1991

  • 18July1981 - murder - Andre Cools - Very important and prominent Belgian politician. His death has continually been tied to illegal arms deals.

1995

  • 2April1995 - murder - Jean-Pol Taminiau - Criminal involved in trade in stolen cars, who used to be a bar/brothel owner where Charleroi's high society went. Disappeared in April 1995 after having bought a gun and having told a friend that he was in the possession of important information. Taminau rented a garage to an accomplice of Marc Dutroux. The garage was located right across a garage owned by Marc Dutroux. In 1996, a fisherman retrieved a foot that once belonged to Taminiau from the channel in Charleroi. His body was never found.
- Jean-Paul/Pol Taminiau
  • 4July1995 - __ - Alexandre Gosselin - Neighbor Bernhard Weinstein, one of those implicated in the Dutroux Affair (even though he was dead by then).
  • 26July1995 - suicide - Francois Reyskens - A 28 year old drug addict and possibly a dealer. Found dead on a railroad track the day he was to give information about the kidnapped Melissa Russo to gendarme officer Melon. According to Carine Russo, Reyskens had noticed the children (Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo) in a bar in Maastricht and had spoken to them.
- (witness) to the Dutroux Affair
  • 25Aug1995 - suicide - Guy Goebels - Gendarme officer and one of the lead investigators into the disappearance of Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo. Found dead next to his gun, which lead to the "obvious" conclusion: suicide. His family very much doubted this as Goebels loved his life and didn't have any serious problems. The parents of Melissa Russo also didn't believe the official explanation. Two days before his death, Goebels decided with colleagues to expand the investigation into the kidnapping of Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo.
- a gendarme/police officer in Grace-Hollange where Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo disappeared
  • 5Nov1995 - poisoned - Bruno Tagliaferro - Owner of a junk yard who knew Mikhael Diakostavrianos, one of the accomplices of Dutroux and Lelievre in kidnapping girls from eastern Europe. Tagliaferro allegedly took apart the car in which Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo were kidnapped and somehow knew about this kidnapping. His wife testified that Tagliaferro predicted his own death, because he knew too much. A certain Thierry, who was an accomplice of Nihoul and Dutroux, told investigators that Dutroux was looking for a hitman to kill Tagliaferro and his wife. He offered Thierry the job, who declined. Tagliaferro's death was labeled a heart attack. His wife claimed that he was poisoned and was proven right in 1996, after Tagliaferro's body had been dug up. Some time after Dutroux's arrest, his wife wanted to tell everything she knew about Dutroux and his gang. On December 18, 1998, several days before she was to be interviewed, she was found dead (partially burned next to her bed) by her 14 year old son. Evidence pointed out she had tried to escape while someone else broke into the house. Her death was labeled either a suicide or accident.
- (acquaintance of Dutroux) & his wife Fabienne Jaupart)
  • 1995? - murder - Bruno Vandeuren - Named as a Gang of Nijvel member by Jean Bultot. Congressman and senator Hugo Coveliers went to investigate, but before he could speak to Vandeuren, this person had already been killed by a bullet in the head.

1996

  • 21Feb1996 - murder - Simon Poncelet - Policeman who was shot during night service when he was alone at the police station. It is forbidden for anyone on night duty to open the door, unless he knows the person. However, the cameras didn't work so it isn't known what happened. Poncelet was working ferociously on cases dealing with the international trade in stolen cars, which was closely related to Marc Dutroux and Nihoul. Poncelet's father, an attorney-general in Doornik, suspects his son was murdered for stumbling across a child kidnapping and abuse network. The Justice Department didn't want to hear it.
- (police officer)
  • 5Dec1996 - murder - Michel Piro - Person who wanted to organize a diner in remembrance of Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo, and at the same time wanted to inform the parents of some of the things he knew. Piro used to frequent the same clubs as Michel Nihoul. Before his murder, he had spoken about having been threatened by a number of armed men. His spouse, whom he apparently regularly battered, is said to have ordered his murder, although the actual killers have never been caught.

1997

  • Jan1997 - stroke - Theo Vandyck - Interviewer of Nathalie W. and the only person she completely trusted. The new interviewers were loyal to Commandant Duterme and began sabotaging the investigation.
  • 25Feb1997 - traffic accident - Jean-Marc Houdmont - A filmmaker who died in a traffic accident while on his way to testify about the kidnapping of a girl named Elisabeth Brichet. Houdmont was known to be into pedophile videos.
  • Feb1997 - almost traffic accident - anonymous - Mother of the family who had seen Nihoul with Dutroux at the Bertrix's swimming pool the day before Laetitia Delhez's kidnapping. The family's statements and actions were completely misrepresented by the press (with help from the gendarmerie). In February 1997, the mother was almost hit by a car. Around the same time, the family received numerous anonymous phone calls, they were followed by a car and men attempted to break into their home. The right hand of the controversial police commissioner Georges Marnette had to support the family, but miserably failed in that.
  • 5March1997 - heart attack - Joseph Toussaint - Priest to whom Michelle Martin, the wife of Dutroux, used to confess her sins.
  • 7March1997 - suicide - Christian Coenraets - Said to have been a pedophile who knew Bernard Weinstein well. Coenraets was incarcerated in a prison in Brussels when he managed to escape during transfer, coincidentally one day before he was to be questioned about his ties to Weinstein. A month later Coenraets was found dead in a suburb of Brussels.
  • 25April1997 - __ - José Steppe - A citizen of Charleroi who had many contacts in his neighborhood. He occasionally worked as an informant to a journalist. Several months after Dutroux's arrest, Steppe contacted the journalist and appeared to in a panic. He said that he had important information about Dutroux. The journalist didn't immediately schedule an appointment with Steppe and would never see him alive again. Soon after informing the journalist, Steppe was found dead in his home while a Rohypnol tablet, often used by Dutroux, was found in his respirator. The Justice Department never investigated Steppe's death.
- (police informant) (rohypnol)
  • 16Nov1997 - trombose (?) - Gérard Vannesse - Gendarme officer and one of the runners of Nihoul

1998

  • 5April1998 - suicide - Brigitte Jenart - Former girlfriend of Juan Borges, a partner in crime of Nihoul and Bouty. On October 6, 1986, Lt.-Col. Guido Torrez, head of the Neufchateau district of the gendarmerie (in part responsible for terminating the investigation into Nihoul in 1996), received a phone call from Nihoul to leave Borges alone. Borges was a business partner of Nihoul in the underworld, and was involved in the illegal trade of gold, drugs, fake dollars, art and apparently also humans. He had high level connections to the Italian mafia and fascist members of the Jonathan Club like Frederic Godfroi (inspector of the BOB in Brussels who became a gang leader; friend of Jean Bultot and acquainted with Nihoul). In 1985-1986, Borges owned the firm Candy Medical, which was a front for illegal weapons trafficking. This firm was located in a building owned by the Security Bureau of the European Union/Commission, headed by fascist Pierre Eveillard, whose brother was a police commissioner and protector of the Dolo. Brigitte Jenart, Borges' girlfriend since 1983 who only found out about the criminal circuit he was involved with after a while, in 1996 claimed it took only one call from Bouty at the time for the gendarmerie to leave Borges alone. Jenart also claimed that Bouty had it checked once in a while if Borges had not appeared on an internal watchlist of the gendarmerie. Jenart committed suicide in April 1998, after a long time of locking herself up in her house.
- Dentist Brigitte Jenart (was friends with Michel Nihoul)
  • 8April1998 - murder - Anna Konjevoda - In late 1996, Konjevoda called Jean-Marc Connerotte's green line, which the examining magistrate had opened for possible witnesses to the Dutroux network. She wanted to provide information about the business of Dutroux, Lelievre and Weinstein in eastern Europe, but was never invited to testify. 1,5 years later she was beaten up and strangled, after which she was thrown into the Maas (a river).
- (witness)
  • 15Nov1998 - traffic accident - Gina Pardaens-Bernaer - On November 15, 1998, one of the (part-time) Morkhoven Workgroup investigators, Gina Pardaens-Bernaer, died when she drove into a bridge pillar. Few in her surroundings believed this to be an accident. Pardaens had spoken to a number of friends about a video of a sex party in which a little girl was abused and murdered. She thought to have recognized one the participants in that video as a close associate of Michel Nihoul. It was also said that she had gotten her hands on evidence of a Belgian-French-Swiss child abuse network, and had sent what she had to a very interested Swiss police. In the weeks and days before her death, Pardaens had been warned off her investigation on many occasions: she had received numerous death threats; her son had been run off his bike by a car; emails and phone calls had been intercepted; strangers followed her on the streets and in cars; during a train ride she had been stopped by men who told her to cease her inquiries; at times her phone calls, fax machine and internet were jammed; and she had been interrogated and intimidated over one of the children she had been trying to find.
- (social worker)
  • 18Dec1998 - died in fire - Fabienne Jaupart - Widow of Bruno Tagliaferro, who was murdered on November 15, 1995. Jaupart clearly was murdered, the motive being that she was about to testify about the Dutroux gang.
  • 1998 - failed suicide - Marie France Botte - Had initially supported Nathalie W., one of the X-witnesses who could back up some of the claims made by X1, like that Nihoul was part of the abuse network, together with X1's pimp, Tony.

1999

  • 13July1999 - suicide - Hubert Massa - Hubert Massa was the chief prosecuting attorney of the investigation into Dutroux. He also was the lead investigator into the 1991 murder of Andre Cools. It is not known why he decided to shoot himself one day. After his death, Michel Bourlet stated that Massa was "an extremely balanced magistrate," whose death was a serious loss to the prosecution.
  • 15Aug1999 - suicide - Grégory Antipine - Policeman who had worked with the corrupt Brussels police commissioner Georges Marnette in setting up Elio Di Rupo and Jean-Pierre Grafe. This was an important piece of disinformation that served to discredit claims of members from high society being involved in pedophile networks. Antipine might not have known that he was used by Marnette, because like Patriek De Baets, he came to the conclusion that Marnette and associates had purposely manipulated the testimonies of Olivier Trusgnach. Antipine decided to hang himself on August 14, 1999 while he was about to get a promotion. It is also not known, as a gun enthusiast, why he didn't just shoot himself.
  • 4Nov1999 - suicide - Sandra Claeys - A former girlfriend Michel Lelièvre.

2000

2001

  • 28March2001 - traffic accident - Nadège Renard - Ex-girlfriend of Jean Pol Taminiau, the Dutroux-linked high society (for Charleroi) brothel owner who was murdered in 1995.
  • 15Nov2001 - disease - Philippe Deleuze - A friend of Annie Bouty from college. Became a partner in the law firm of Bouty and Nihoul in 1980. Married to Francoise Van Espen (acted as godmother of Nihoul's son), the sister of Jean-Claude Van Espen, the examining magistrate who played a crucial role in (covering up) the murder on Christine Van Hees and the Dutroux/Nihoul/X-witnesses investigations. Jean-Claude Van Espen himself acted as an occasional partner in the firm. Deleuze was a member of CEPIC and a board member of the Tentoonstellingspark (exposition park) foundation, of which Paul Vanden Boeynants was chairman. Vanden Boeynants and Deleuze are said to have been responsible for the appointment of Jean-Claude Van Espen to examining magistrate.

2002

  • 17March2002 - suicide - Alain Van der Biest - Several weeks before his suicide he became a main suspect in the 1991 Cools murder.

2005

  • 22Nov2005 - accident - Madani Bouhouche - Nazi. BOB officer until 1983. Caught spying on his colleagues in 1981 and transferred by major Herman Vernaillen (who soon thereafter survived an assassination attempt). Leading figure in the Practical Shooting Association. Friend and partner-in-crime of such men as Christian Amory, Bob Beyer and Jean Bultot. Implicated in one aspect of a plan to destabilize Belgium. Went to the Jonathan Club of Pepe De Rycke. Convicted criminal and murderer. Used to be in close contact with Front de la Jeunesse, Westland New Post and Group G.


See Also

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