The 79-year-old retired bus driver confessed to murdering the ‘The Missing of Yonne’ which was seven mentally handicapped women between the years 1975-1979. He later retracted his statement although information he gave police located two the the victims.
In 2004, Louis was convicted for the rape and torture of his second wife and his stepdaughter. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Background: The Missing and Murdered of Burgundy, France
On November 2, 2004, Emile Louis murder trial finally began in Auxerre, France despite repeated attempts to throw out the case. According to a November 3, 2004 AP Worldstream article, Louis lawyers requested that the case be delayed until after the European Court of Human Rights ruled on their bid to dismiss the case because they believed the crimes took place too long ago for the case to be legally valid. However, the court rejected the defense request and ordered the resumption of Louis trial.
The 70-year-old retired bus driver, convicted of the murders of seven mentally handicapped women, continued to deny he was responsible for the murders even though he confessed to them years earlier. It is hoped that the trial will finally reveal the truth as to how the girls died. The trial is expected to last four weeks. If convicted, Louis could face life imprisonment.
The case is considered one of Frances most controversial scandals because the investigation was bungled and many of the case files dealing with the girls disappearances, as well as other cases of murdered and missing women went missing from the Auxerre Courthouse. It is believed that the files were destroyed in order to cover up a high-level sex ring, which allegedly involved some prominent French officials.