Komplettes Behördenversagen in Berlin – Leidtragende waren Kinder und Jugendliche. (Symbolbild). Quelle: www.globallookpress.com
Es sollte ein „Experiment“ sein: Der Sexualwissenschaftler Helmut Kentler vermittelte ab den 1970ern bis in die 2000er Jahre Kinder, die als besonders „schwere Fälle“ galten, bewusst an zum Teil vorbestrafte pädophile Pflegeväter. Mit Unterstützung des Berliner Senats.
Sandra Scheeres, Berliner Senatorin für Bildung, Jugend und Familie, und das Wissenschaftsteam der Universität Hildesheim präsentierten am Dienstag den Abschlussbericht der Universität zu den jahrzehntelangen Umtrieben des Psychologen und Sexualwissenschaftlers Helmut Kentler in der Berliner öffentlichen Kinder- und Jugendhilfe.
Kentler hatte in einem, wie er es nannte, „Experiment“ von Ende der 1960er-bis zum Beginn der 2000er-Jahre eine Initiative zur Einrichtung von Pflegestellen bei pädophilen, auch wegen Sexualdelikten vorbestraften Männern vorangetrieben. Der Sexualwissenschaftler war überzeugt davon, dass er mit der Initiative den Kindern sogar Gutes tat. In einem Vorwort zu der Broschüre „Zeig mal!“ schreibt Kentler zum Thema sexuelle Beziehungen zwischen Kindern und Erwachsenen:
Werden solche Beziehungen von der Umwelt nicht diskriminiert, dann sind um so eher positive Folgen für die Persönlichkeitsentwicklung zu erwarten, je mehr sich der Ältere für den Jüngeren verantwortlich fühlt.
Kentler warnte Eltern sogar davor, selbst bei unfreiwilligen sexuellen Kontakten von Kindern mit Erwachsenen die Behörden einzuschalten. So schreibt er in dem Buch „Eltern lernen Sexualerziehung“ aus dem Jahr 1975:
Am verkehrtesten wäre es jetzt, wenn die Eltern die Nerven verlieren, in Panik geraten und gleich zur Polizei laufen würden.
Und weiter: Wenn der Erwachsene rücksichtsvoll und zärtlich gewesen sei, könne das Kind den Sexualkontakt mit ihm sogar genossen haben. In dem Buch „Sexualerziehung“ schreibt Kentler auch:
Frühe Koituserfahrungen seien sinnvoll, denn koituserfahrene Jugendliche „fordern eine eigenständige Welt der Teenager und lehnen die Normen der Erwachsenen häufiger ab“.
Dieser Mann also durfte Findelkinder und Straßenkinder aus Westberlin (sogenannte „Trebegänger“) jahrzehntelang an „Pflegestellen“ vergeben. Bei der am Dienstag präsentierten Studie handelt es sich nach dem Gutachten des Göttinger Instituts für Demokratieforschung von 2016 um das zweite Forschungsprojekt zum Fall Kentler, das von Scheeres initiiert und von der Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie finanziell gefördert wurde.
Berliner Senat übernimmt Verantwortung für Leid
In der Hildesheimer Studie konnten erstmals auch Aussagen und Erfahrungen von insgesamt drei Betroffenen berücksichtigt werden, die als Kinder und Jugendliche Übergriffe und massive sexualisierte Gewalt durch Pflegeväter erleiden mussten. Scheeres erklärte dazu:
„Der Kentler-Skandal reicht lange in die Vergangenheit zurück und ist für die Betroffenen doch nie vorbei. Was Kindern und Jugendlichen damals angetan wurde, ist zutiefst erschütternd. Mein besonderer Dank gilt den Betroffenen, die sich an der Aufarbeitung beteiligt haben. Der neue Ergebnisbericht liefert ein klareres und umfassenderes Bild von den Vorgängen. Er fördert neue Erkenntnisse zu Kentlers Rolle, zu den Strukturen und Verfahren der damaligen Zeit und zu den Verantwortlichkeiten zutage. Er entlarvt Kentlers Rede von einem Experiment der Erziehungs- und Bildungsreform als beschönigende Darstellung des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Pflegekindern.“
Die Senatorin betonte, dass das Land Berlin die Verantwortung für das Leid übernehme, das Schutzbefohlenen in öffentlicher Verantwortung angetan wurde. Mit dem neuen Wissen seien den Betroffenen Gespräche über eine finanzielle Anerkennung ihres Leids angeboten worden, auch wenn die Taten mittlerweile verjährt seien. Das Land Berlin werde sich für die weitere Aufarbeitung einsetzen, insbesondere mit Blick auf die deutlichen Hinweise auf bundesweite Zusammenhänge.
Darüber hinaus werde geprüft, welche Lehren für die heutige Pflegekinderhilfe in Berlin zu ziehen seien. Hierfür sei bereits eine Studie zur aktuellen bezirklichen und gesamtstädtischen Struktur der Pflegekinderhilfe in Auftrag gegeben worden.
Der Abschlussbericht der Universität Hildesheim belegt, dass Kentler auf verschiedenen Ebenen – auf der Ebene der Senatsverwaltung wie auf der Ebene der Bezirksämter – agierte, eingriff und steuerte. Der Sexualwissenschaftler war von 1966 bis 1974 Abteilungsleiter am Pädagogischen Zentrum Berlin, einer nachgeordneten Dienststelle der Senatsbildungsverwaltung, und später Professor für Sozialpädagogik an der Universität Hannover. Er trat ebenfalls als Gutachter in Missbrauchsprozessen auf. Über die von ihm bis dahin bearbeiteten 30 Fälle sagte er 1997:
„Ich bin sehr stolz darauf, dass bisher alle Fälle, in denen ich tätig geworden bin, mit Einstellungen der Verfahren oder sogar Freisprüchen beendet worden sind.“
Das „Experiment“ des Grauens
Das Wissenschaftsteam aus Hildesheim wertete auch die Akte einer Pflegestelle aus, in der zwei Betroffene von Ende der 1980er- bzw. Anfang der 1990er-Jahre bis Anfang 2000 untergebracht waren und die insgesamt 30 Jahre lang bestand. Aus ihr geht hervor, dass Kentler maßgeblichen Einfluss auf Entscheidungen des Jugendamts ausübte und dabei seine bis zu seinem Tod 2008 hohe Reputation nutzte.
Das von Kentler als angeblich reformorientiertes Experiment angepriesene Vorgehen war laut dem Bericht bewusst irreführend. Kentlers Initiative sei nicht als reformorientierter Ansatz der 1970er-Jahre für Straßenjugendliche zu sehen. Es handele sich stattdessen um Kindesmissbrauch und Kindeswohlgefährdung in der öffentlichen Verantwortung der Jugendwohlfahrt respektive der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, so der Bericht.
Anders als heute seien zu Kentlers Zeiten Pflegestellen auch in direkter Zuständigkeit des Landesjugendamts und damit der Senatsverwaltung geführt worden, wie weiter in dem Bericht ausgeführt wird. Demnach seien ab den 1970er-Jahren durch das Landesjugendamt und die Bezirksjugendämter Pflegestellen in Westdeutschland bei alleinstehenden Männern eingerichtet worden, die pädophile Positionen akzeptiert, gestützt oder auch praktiziert haben. Im Zuge der Aufarbeitung habe sich ein weiterer Betroffener bei der Universität Hildesheim gemeldet, der als Jugendlicher in einer dieser Pflegestellen untergebracht war und von Grenzverletzungen und Übergriffen berichtete.
Aufgrund der Schilderungen dieses Betroffenen, von Zeitzeugengesprächen und der Akten geht das Wissenschaftsteam aus Hildesheim davon aus, dass es seit den späten 1960er-Jahren ein Netzwerk in den wissenschaftlichen pädagogischen Einrichtungen in der für Jugend zuständigen Senatsverwaltung und in einzelnen Berliner Bezirksjugendämtern gab, in dem pädophile Positionen akzeptiert und verteidigt wurden.
Besonders ins Auge sticht der Fall des „Pflegevaters“ Fritz H., der mindestens zehn Kinder in seiner Obhut hatte – auch ein mehrfach schwerbehindertes Kind, das in seiner Obhut gestorben sein soll. Drei seiner Opfer hatten sich den Hildesheimer Forschern anvertraut. Die Hinweise auf Kindeswohlgefährdung durch die damaligen Pflegeeltern waren von den Jugendämtern jahrelang ignoriert worden. Die Mitarbeiter der Institutionen sollen den pädophilen Pflegevater sogar noch verteidigt haben. Auch die Bezirksämter antworteten nicht auf Briefe der Opfer, die von Übergriffen und kinderpornografischem Material berichteten.
Weiteren Aufklärungsbedarf gibt es auch bezüglich der direkten Verbindungen des Pädagogischen Zentrums zur Odenwaldschule, wo Gerold Becker, der frühere Leiter des Internats, seine Schüler systematisch missbrauchte und bis zur Aufdeckung ebenfalls hohes Ansehen genoss. Die Forscher forderten die Jugend- und Familienministerkonferenz auf, eine Aufarbeitung der Kindeswohlgefährdungen und der sexualisierten Gewalt im Pflegekinderwesen und bei der Heimerziehung zu beginnen.
Auch die Fachgesellschaften der Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen und deren Gutachten müssten sich fragen lassen, inwiefern sie etwa durch Gutachten dazu beitrugen, Kindeswohlgefährdungen zu verdecken.
Der größte Skandal dürfte jedoch sein, dass es bis 2016 dauerte, bis sich die Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie der Sache annahm.
Der Preis für Gewissen und Ehre der NRW-Juden beträgt nur 17 Millionen Euro pro Jahr.
Sehr billig geschätzt! Man könnte teure bewerten.
Anekdote: Arsch existiert, Das Wort existiert nicht.
Wirklichkeit. Antisemitismus in Deutschland gibt es angeblich nicht, aber tatsächlich Antisemitismus überall.
Die NS-Reichsverwaltung bezahlte die Führung der jüdischen Gemeinden, um den Widerstand der Juden zu unterdrücken, die Juden an die Gestapo und die SS auszuliefern, damit die Gemeinden dazu beitragen, Juden auf organisierte Weise durch Sklavenarbeit auszurauben und über diejenigen zu berichten, die gegen das Regime protestieren wollen.
Wie aus den Fotos der vergangenen Jahre hervorgeht, brauchte die Führung der jüdischen Gemeinden, die glücklich im jüdischen Ghetto in Polen lebten, nichts.
Das jüdische Sonderkommando tötete Juden in Gaskammern in Auschwitz, zog Zähne heraus, sortierte Dinge und beruhigte die ankommenden Juden, so dass es keine Unruhen gab.
Die Verwaltung des heutigen Deutschlands zahlt jährlich zig Millionen Euro an jüdische Gemeinden, insbesondere in Nordrhein-Westfalen, 17 Millionen Euro pro Jahr plus weitere 3 Millionen Euro für die Reparatur von Gemeindegebäuden.
Zufälliger Zufall?? Ich glaube nicht.
Aber nach der Zuweisung von 17 Millionen Euro pro Jahr ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass Verbrechen gegen Juden, Antisemitismus, Prügel, Raub und Entwöhnung von Kindern jüdischer Mütter in Nordrhein-Westfalen in der jüdischen Presse der Gemeinde überhaupt nicht behandelt werden.
Beispiele? Bitte schön.
NRW, Köln, Vater, Mutter und Sohn Braginsky, 1989-2009, eine ausgeraubte und gedemütigte Familie, ihr Sohn wurde in ein Kinderheim gebracht, seine Mutter starb in einem Krankenhaus.
NRW, Melle, Mutter und Sohn Abrams, 2010-2020, das Kind wurde einer jüdischen Mutter entnommen und ist immer noch nicht aufgegeben worden.
Rheinland-Pfalz, Bingen am Rhein, Jüdin Bella Mitrofanowa, brach sich in der katholischen Caritas den Arm, niemand wurde bestraft.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rostok, Jüdin Frau Alina Belawski ist nach Entscheidung der Steueraufsichtsbehörde und der örtlichen Gerichte verpflichtet, aus nicht existierenden Einkommen zu zahlen, wird tatsächlich ausgeraubt und ruiniert.
Inzwischen sammelt die jüdische Gemeinde zu Köln Spenden für die Installation einer Bank auf einem Friedhof im Wert von 750 Euro.
Und was, 17 Millionen Euro pro Jahr waren nicht genug oder was?
Bitten Sie nächstes Jahr um mehr, damit genug auf den Bänken.
Und andere jüdische Gemeinden erhalten ebenfalls 17 Millionen Euro aus dem Haushalt pro Jahr?
Verteidigen andere jüdische Gemeinden in Deutschland die Interessen der Juden in Deutschland oder die Interessen der deutschen Führung innerhalb der jüdischen Gemeinden?
Alle jüdischen Gemeinden haben genug deutsches Geld, um auf Friedhöfen Bänke einzukaufen?
Die Deutschen weinen vor Lachen wann schauen auf Rechnung 17 Millionen Euro pro Jahr und Anzeige über betteln um die 750 Euro für Bank.
Die Verhaftung dieses verrückten Mark Dutru im ruhigen und wohlhabenden Belgien hat das ganze Land aufgewühlt. Zum ersten Mal seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg kam es im ganzen Land zu einer Welle spontaner Demonstrationen und Kundgebungen. Infolge der Empörung der Bevölkerung im Jahr 1999 musste Premierminister Jean-Luc Dean zusammen mit dem gesamten Ministerkabinett zurücktreten.
Maniac Mark Dutroux.
Fast alle Leiter der Strafverfolgungsbehörden in Belgien haben ihre Posten verloren. Aber nicht, weil sie einen Serienmörder und Perversen vertuscht haben. Es ist nur so, dass die Belgier über die Ungeschicklichkeit und den Formalismus der Strafverfolgungsbeamten empört waren. Es kam zu dem Punkt, dass Belgien ernsthaft ein Referendum über die Wiederaufnahme der Todesstrafe im Land abhalten wollte.
Das Geschäft des Verrückten beruhte auf öffentlicher Vergewaltigung
Maniac Marc Dutroot, genannt Journalist „The Shame of Belgium“, Eltern – Lehrer per Berufung, wurden am 6. November 1956 in Brüssel geboren. Marks Vater und Mutter waren echte Fanatiker ihres Handwerks. Unmittelbar nach der Geburt von Mark gingen die beiden Lehrer auf humanitärer Mission nach Afrika in Burundi. Und sie verbrachte vier Jahre dort. Aber anscheinend trugen die Eltern, die anderen Kindern heilig und ewig waren, wenig darauf, ihren eigenen Sohn zu erziehen. Oder vielleicht war er einfach so hässlich.
Nach seiner Rückkehr aus Afrika im Jahr 1962 ließen sich Marks Eltern scheiden. Die Mutter des zukünftigen Verrückten hat allein fünf Kinder großgezogen. Es ist möglich, dass sie einfach nicht genug Zeit hatte, um Mark Aufmerksamkeit zu schenken. So oder so, aber Mark wuchs hitzig und aggressiv auf. Aufgrund seines Charakters hat der Junge sehr schlecht gelernt und hat bisher eine Sekundarschulbildung erhalten, hat bis zu vier Schulen gewechselt. Im Alter von 17 Jahren verlässt Mark mit einer Sünde in der Hälfte die Fähigkeiten eines Elektrikers, verlässt das Haus seines Vaters und zieht in das „belgische Harlem“ – die Provinz Charleroi. Dort lernte er höchstwahrscheinlich Vertreter des organisierten Verbrechens in Belgien kennen. Dort fand er auch seine erste Frau sowie eine Komplizin in zukünftigen Verbrechen, Michelle Martin.
Nach der Heirat jagte Dutru einige Zeit mit geringfügigen Verbrechen. Autodiebstahl, Raub von Touristen, Raubüberfälle ohne ernsthafte Verletzungen usw. Höchstwahrscheinlich mochten die Chefs der belgischen Mafia Marks Aktivitäten. Als er ein sehr ernstes „Geschäftsprojekt“ entwickelte, erhielt er Kapital für die Beförderung. Und das „Geschäftsprojekt“ war, dass Dutroux und seine Frau kleine Mädchen und Mädchen entführten, sie folterten und vergewaltigten und all dies mit einer Videokamera drehten. Solche Filme werden von verschiedenen passiven Perversen sehr geschätzt, und Sie können gutes Geld damit verdienen.
Michelle Martin, Frau des verrückten Mark Dutroux.
Mit dem Geld der Mafia kaufte das Ehepaar Dutroux ein Landhaus, in dem Mark einen Raum zum Filmen ausstattete. Fast professionelle Videogeräte wurden gekauft, für einige Zeit erwarben Michelle und Mark filmische Fähigkeiten. Endlich war alles fertig. Es bleibt nur „Schauspielerinnen“ für zukünftige Filme zu finden.
Maniac Mark Dutroux.
Dutru und seine beiden Komplizen fanden abends unfreiwillige Pornofilmer in den dünn besiedelten Straßen der Städte der Provinz Charleroi. Die Mädchen wurden einfach gewaltsam ins Auto gezwungen, gefesselt, mit verbundenen Augen und zu Dutroux gebracht. Sie haben ihn viele Male vergewaltigt und das alles auf Video gedreht. Nach mehreren Tagen der Folter und Gewalt wurden sie von der „Basis“ weggebracht und auf die Straße geworfen.
Humanes belgisches Gericht
Wie viele Frauen und Mädchen Opfer solcher „Dreharbeiten“ eines Verrückten wurden, ist unbekannt. 1986 wurden Dutroux und seine Frau festgenommen. Sie wurden wegen fünf Entführungen und Vergewaltigungen angeklagt. 1989 verurteilte ein humanes belgisches Gericht Mark zu 13,5 Jahren Gefängnis und seine Frau zu fünf Jahren Gefängnis. Michelle wurde jedoch fast unmittelbar nach der Verkündung des Urteils freigelassen, ihr wurde die während der Untersuchung verbüßte Amtszeit gutgeschrieben und sie wurde als reformiert anerkannt. Mark seiner dreizehn Jahre diente … drei. Das humane Justizsystem eines europäischen Landes reagiert sehr empfindlich auf die Möglichkeit, dass Kriminelle vorzeitig freigelassen werden, wenn es sich nicht um lebenslange Haft handelt. Also nutzte Dutroux diese Gelegenheit, reichte eine Petition ein, machte einen positiven Eindruck auf die Kommission für die vorzeitige Freilassung und 1992, ein Jahr später, wurde Michel freigelassen.
Nach dem Verlassen des Gefängnisses setzten Mark und seine Frau ihre kriminelle Karriere fort. Sorgfältige europäische Journalisten fanden heraus, dass das Ehepaar Dutroux eng mit kriminellen Banden verbunden war, die Autos stehlen und an die neu geprägten Neureichen aus Osteuropa verkaufen.
Michelle Martin, Frau des verrückten Mark Dutroux.
Darüber hinaus gab es den Verdacht, dass Dutroux an der Entführung von Mädchen und deren Verkauf in Bordellen im Nahen Osten und in Nordafrika beteiligt war. Aber das wichtigste und erfreulichste für den Verrückten Mark Dutru war immer noch das Geschäft, eine „Reality-Show“ mit Vergewaltigung und Folter zu drehen.
Die kriminelle Aktivität des Paares Dutra ermöglichte es ihnen, auf große Weise zu leben. Sie besaßen vier Häuser in verschiedenen Teilen Belgiens. Und jedes Haus war mit einer Folterkammer und einem Videostudio ausgestattet. Nur Mark Dutra selbst weiß, wie viele Mädchen, Frauen, Mädchen und Jungen diese Folterkammern durchlaufen haben. Weil nicht alle Opfer gefunden wurden und diejenigen, die dem Tod entkommen sind, immer noch nicht zur Polizei eilen, weil sie Rache an Dutroux ‚„Kollegen“ im kriminellen Geschäft fürchten.
Journalisten fanden auch heraus, dass Dutroux in der belgischen Mafia weit von einer niedrigen Position entfernt war. Im Gegensatz zu anderen „Geschäftsleuten“ aus der mächtigsten Gruppe in Frankreich und Belgien, die „Union of Koz“ heißt, übersetzt aus dem Italienischen „Geschäftsleute“, folterte, vergewaltigte und tötete er seine Opfer persönlich und erhielt davon wahre Freude. Es war dieser Umstand, der es der Öffentlichkeit ermöglichte, den verrückten Mark Dutroux der Kohorte der Serienmonster zuzuschreiben. Eine Frage bleibt unklar – wohin die Polizei suchte. Aber es ist die Antwort auf diese Frage, die erklärt, warum die Regierung nach der Verhaftung von Dutroux zurückgetreten ist und die hohen Ränge der Strafverfolgungsbehörden ihre Stühle und Schultergurte verloren haben.
Die Polizei hat nichts getan
Und die Polizei, beruhigt von ihrem allgemeinen Wohlergehen und ihren seltenen Verbrechen, sah durch ihre Finger. 1994, also zwei Jahre nach der Freilassung, wurde die Polizeiaufsicht aus der Familie Dutroux entfernt. Im Februar 1995 wurde Dutra in einem gestohlenen Auto gefangen und ins Gefängnis gebracht. Für einen Monat. Was einen arbeitslosen Elektriker dazu bringt, seinen Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen, seine zweifelhaften Verbindungen und sein Eigentum unbekannter Herkunft, interessiert die Polizei absolut nicht.
Ende Juni 1995 verschwinden zwei achtjährige Mädchen in der Provinz Charleroi. Die Suche nach der Polizei führte zu nichts. Im September desselben Jahres sandte Mark Dutroux ‚Mutter einen Brief an die Polizei, in dem direkt darauf hingewiesen wird, dass ihr Sohn möglicherweise an den Entführungen beteiligt ist. Die Polizei beschränkte sich auf ein Gespräch mit Mark und machte sich nicht einmal die Mühe, sein Haus zu inspizieren.
Im Oktober 1995 erhielt die belgische Polizei von Interpol die Information, dass in Belgien eine Bande operierte, die Kinder entführte. Und dass im vergangenen Jahr fünf Mädchen entführt wurden. Und diese Bande wird von einer bestimmten Person namens Dutru angeführt. Aber die Polizei vergaß, dass sie einen Rückfälligen hatten, der bereits wegen eines solchen Verbrechens verurteilt worden war, und niemand überprüfte Mark.
Einen Monat später wandten sich die Eltern des Mädchens, das von einem Mann entführt wurde, an die Polizei. Glücklicherweise wurden drei entführt, neben dem Mädchen gab es zwei weitere Jungen. Und während die erwachsenen Onkel mit den Jungen beschäftigt waren, gelang es dem Mädchen zu fliehen. Sie erinnerte sich an das Haus, in das sie gebracht worden waren, und die Polizei ging zu der angegebenen Adresse. Dort wurden zwei mit Drogen unter Drogen stehende Jugendliche entdeckt. Und im Haus war Mark Dutro selbst.
Der Verrückte erklärte der Polizei ruhig, dass alle Teenager mit ihm am Autodiebstahl beteiligt waren. Aber vor kurzem haben die Jungs beschlossen, das Auto alleine zu stehlen, wofür Mark sie bestraft hat. Trotz der Tatsache, dass das Land bereits die Operation Othello durchlaufen hat, mit der die Serienentführer von Kindern und jungen Frauen gefunden werden sollen, glaubt die Polizei erneut an Dutroux. Aber er bekommt immer noch den Begriff. Für den Diebstahl eines Autos. Drei Monate.
Wie Journalisten später herausfinden, hat die Polizei die Materialien zu diesem Fall sorgfältig geheim gehalten, sodass die Öffentlichkeit ihre eigenen Ermittlungen durchgeführt hat. Während Dutroux im Gefängnis war, wurden zwei Mädchen im Alter von 12 und 14 Jahren in einem seiner Häuser in der Stadt Arlon eingesperrt. Dutroux beauftragte seinen Assistenten, einen gewissen Weinstein, sich um sie zu kümmern. Als Dutru nach seiner Amtszeit in Arlon ankam, stellte sich heraus, dass beide Mädchen verhungerten. Die Rückzahlung mit dem Assistenten folgte sofort. Nachdem Dutroux Weinsteins Kaffee mit Schlaftabletten versetzt und darauf gewartet hatte, dass er einschlief, schleppte er ihn in den Garten und begrub ihn lebendig. Neben ihm begrub der Verrückte zwei tote Mädchen.
Einfache Belgier gegen einen Verrückten
Im Dezember 1995 stoppte Dutroux ein 17-jähriges Mädchen auf der Straße. Unter der Androhung eines Messers versuchte er sie ins Auto zu ziehen und sie zum Oralsex zu zwingen. Aber das Mädchen zeigte aktiven Widerstand, begann zu schreien und zu kratzen. Dutroux schnitt sich mit einem Messer die Kehle auf, stieg ins Auto und fuhr davon. Aber das Mädchen überlebte auf wundersame Weise. Direkt im Krankenhaus, das sie mit einem vorbeifahrenden Auto erreichen konnte, beschrieb sie den Vergewaltiger. Dutroux passt perfekt zu dieser Beschreibung. Die Polizei wird erneut zum Haus des Verrückten geschickt.
Polizisten untersuchen das Haus oberflächlich und sind zufrieden mit Marks Erklärungen, deren Alibi von Michelle Marten, Marks Ex-Frau und Komplizin im kriminellen Geschäft, bestätigt wird, die ebenfalls zuvor wegen Vergewaltigung verurteilt worden war! Einer der Polizisten verlässt bereits das Haus und hört ein Kind aus dem Keller weinen.
– Und was ist das? Er fragt Dutroux.
„Tochter“, antwortet Mark ruhig. „Ich habe versucht, von zu Hause wegzulaufen, also habe ich sie bestraft.“
Die Polizei glaubt dieser Erklärung erneut und verlässt das Haus des Verrückten. Es ist erwähnenswert, dass Dutroux wirklich seine eigenen Kinder hatte – fünf aus zwei Ehen. Aber zu leichtgläubige Polizei in Belgien! Später stellt sich heraus, dass sich in diesem Moment vier Mädchen in Dutroux ‚Keller befanden. Zwei von ihnen werden in drei Monaten getötet. Nach ständiger Vergewaltigung und Folter.
Es ist nicht bekannt, wie viele weitere Dutru sein blutiges Filmgeschäft geführt hätten, wenn die Eltern eines der entführten Mädchen keine gewalttätigen Aktivitäten entwickelt hätten. Sie hoben alle Verwandten, Freunde und sogar Nachbarn auf die Beine und es wurde schnell klar, dass es einen Zeugen für die Entführung gab. Die Polizei suchte nicht einmal nach ihm … Es war eine Klassenkameradin des entführten Mädchens. Er lernte einen Teil des Nummernschilds auswendig und beschrieb den Entführer. Wie Sie sich vorstellen können, entsprach die Beschreibung dem Erscheinungsbild von Dutra.
Unter dem Druck der Öffentlichkeit umstellte die Polizei das Haus des Verrückten und führte eine gründliche Durchsuchung durch. Zwei kaum lebende Mädchen wurden aus dem Keller gebracht. Als die Menge sah, wie die Mädchen aus dem Haus gebracht wurden, durchbrach die Menge die Polizeikette und riss Marc Dutra fast auf. Nach diesem Vorfall wurde der Verrückte sorgfältig bewacht und sogar in einer kugelsicheren Weste vor Gericht gebracht.
Maniac Mark Dutro in Körperschutz.
Die Polizei grub den Garten in der Nähe des Hauses aus und fand die Leichen von drei Personen: zwei Mädchen und einem Mann. Und wenig später nannte Dutroux einen anderen Ort, an dem er die ehemaligen Opfer seiner Dreharbeiten begrub. Nachdem die Belgier die Leichen von zwei weiteren Mädchen gefunden hatten, gingen sie auf die Straße. Die Empörung der belgischen Bürger war so groß, dass das Ministerkabinett und danach die gesamte Führung der Justizbehörden zurücktrat. Die Angelegenheit erreichte immer noch nicht die Aufhebung des Verbots der Todesstrafe. Infolgedessen wurde der verrückte Dutroux am 23. Juni 2004 zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt. Seine Frau Michelle erhielt 30 Jahre, obwohl sie vor nicht allzu langer Zeit am 28. August 2012 freigelassen wurde, nachdem sie 16 Jahre im Gefängnis verbracht hatte.
Sätze zur kriminellen Gemeinschaft.
Eine weitere Komplizin der Pornodirektorin Michelle Lelievre wurde zu 25 Jahren und eine weitere Jean-Michel Nihul zu 5 Jahren verurteilt.
Komplize Michel Lelievre.
Komplize Jean-Michel Nihul.
Dutroux wurde wegen fünf Morden und sechs Vergewaltigungen für schuldig befunden. Aber in Belgien fragen sie sich immer noch, wie viele Opfer tatsächlich das Videostudio des Verrückten durchlaufen haben. In den Häusern von Dutroux wurden etwa zehntausend Videobänder mit Filmen über Vergewaltigung, Folter, Folter von Kindern und sehr jungen Mädchen beschlagnahmt. Und wie viele dieser Schauspieler „Shame of Belgium“ in die nächste Welt geschickt haben und das Hauptgeheimnis Belgiens bleiben …
Foto des Verrückten Mark Dutru und seiner Komplizen:
Einige der Opfer des verrückten Mark Dutroux.
Video über den Verrückten Mark Dutru und seine Komplizen:
The arrest of this maniac Mark Dutroux in quiet and prosperous Belgium shook the whole country. For the first time since World War II, a wave of spontaneous demonstrations and rallies swept across the country. As a result of popular indignation in 1999, Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dean was forced to resign, along with the entire cabinet of ministers.
Maniac Mark Dutru.
Almost all Belgian law enforcement officials lost their posts. But not because they covered the serial killer and pervert. It’s just that the Belgians were outraged by the clumsiness and formalism of law enforcement officers. It got to the point that Belgium seriously wanted to hold a referendum on the resumption of the death penalty in the country.
The maniac’s business was built on public rape
Maniac Marc Dutroot, nicknamed the journalist „The Shame of Belgium“, parents – teachers by calling, were born in Brussels on November 6, 1956. Mark’s father and mother were real fanatics of their cause. Immediately after the birth of Mark, the couple of teachers went to Africa in Burundi on a humanitarian mission. And she spent four years there. But, apparently, carrying sacred and eternal to other children, the parents paid little attention to raising their own son. Or maybe he just freaked out like that.
After returning from Africa in 1962, Mark’s parents divorced. The mother of the future maniac raised five children alone. It is possible that she simply did not have enough time to pay attention to Mark. One way or another, but Mark grew up hot-tempered and aggressive. Because of his character, the boy studied very poorly and so far has received secondary education, has changed as many as four schools. At the age of 17, Mark, with half a sin, masters the skills of an electrician, leaves his father’s house and moves to „Belgian Harlem“ – the province of Charleroi. Most likely, it was there that he made acquaintances with representatives of organized crime in Belgium. There he also found his first wife, as well as an accomplice in future crimes, Michelle Martin.
For some time, after his marriage, Dutroux was engaged in petty crimes. Car thefts, robbery of tourists, robberies without causing serious injury, etc. Most likely, the bosses of the Belgian mafia liked Mark’s activities. And therefore, when he came up with a very serious “business project”, he was given capital for promotion. And the „business project“ was that Dutroux and his wife would kidnap little girls and girls, subject them to torture and rape, and shoot all this on a video camera. These films are very much appreciated by various passive perverts, and you can make good money on them.
Michelle Martin, wife of the maniac Mark Dutroux.
With the money received from the mafia, the Dutroux couple bought a country house, where Mark equipped a room for filming. Almost professional video equipment was bought, for some time Michelle and Mark acquired filming skills. Finally everything was ready. It remains only to find „actresses“ for future films.
Maniac Mark Dutru.
Dutru and his two accomplices found involuntary porn filmmakers in the evenings on the sparsely populated streets of the towns of the province of Charleroi. The girls were simply forcibly forced into the car, tied, blindfolded and taken to Dutroux’s house. There they raped many times, filming it all on video. After several days of torture and violence, they were taken away from the „base“ and thrown onto the road.
Humane Belgian Court
How many women and girls became victims of such „filming“ of a maniac is unknown. But in 1986, Dutroux and his wife were arrested. They were charged with five abductions and rapes. In 1989, a humane Belgian court sentenced Mark to 13.5 years in prison, and his wife to five. However, Michelle was released almost immediately after the verdict was passed, she was credited with the term, served during the investigation, and recognized as corrected. Mark of his thirteen years served … three. The humane system of justice in a European country is very sensitive to the possibility of criminals to be released ahead of schedule, if this is not a life sentence. So Dutroux took advantage of this opportunity, filed a petition, made a favorable impression on the early release commission, and in 1992, a year later, Michel was released.
After leaving prison, Mark and his wife continued their criminal career. Meticulous European journalists have found that the Dutru couple was closely associated with criminal gangs that steal cars and sell them to newly-minted nouveau riches from Eastern Europe.
Michelle Martin, wife of the maniac Mark Dutroux.
In addition, there were suspicions that Dutroux was involved in kidnapping girls and selling them in brothels in the Middle East and North Africa. But the main, and most enjoyable for the maniac Marc Dutroux, was still the business of filming a „reality show“ with rape and torture.
The criminal activity of the couple Dutra allowed them to live in a big way. They owned four houses in different parts of Belgium. And in every house a torture chamber and a video studio were equipped. Only Mark Dutre himself knows how many girls, women, girls and boys have gone through these torture chambers. Because not all the victims were found, and those who escaped death still do not rush to the police, fearing revenge from Dutroux’s “colleagues” in the criminal business.
Journalists also found out that Dutroux was far from a low position in the Belgian mafia. However, unlike other “business people” from the most powerful group in France and Belgium, called the Union Goats, translated from Italian, “Business People”, he personally tortured, raped and killed his victims, receiving from this true delight. It was this circumstance that allowed the public to attribute the maniac Mark Dutra to a cohort of serial monsters. One question remains unclear – where the police were looking. But it is the answer to this question that explains why after the arrest of Dutroux the government resigned, and the high ranks in the law enforcement agencies lost their seats and shoulder straps.
The police did nothing
And the police turned a blind eye to their citizens, reassured by the general well-being and rare crimes. In 1994, that is, two years after the release, police supervision was removed from the Dutroux family. In February 1995, Dutroux is caught in a stolen car and sent to prison. For a month. What makes an unemployed electrician for a living, his dubious connections and property of unknown origin, the police are absolutely not interested.
At the end of June 1995, two eight-year-old girls disappear in the province of Charleroi. The search for the police did not lead to anything. In September of the same year, Mark Dutroux’s mother sent a letter to the police, which directly indicates that her son may be involved in the abductions. The police confined themselves to talking with Mark, not even bothering to inspect his house.
In October 1995, the Belgian police received information from Interpol that a gang was operating in Belgium, kidnapping children. And that five girls have been kidnapped in the last year. And the leader of this gang is a certain man named Dutroux. But the police forgot that they had a repeat offender who had already been convicted of a similar crime, and nobody checked Mark.
A month later, the parents of the girl who had been kidnapped by a man turned to the police. Fortunately, there were three abducted, besides the girl, there were two more boys. And while the adult uncles were busy with the boys, the girl managed to escape. She remembered the house where they were brought, and the police went to the indicated address. Two teenagers drugged with drugs were discovered there. And in the house was Mark Dutro himself.
The maniac calmly explained to the police that all the teenagers participated in the theft of cars with him. But recently the boys decided to steal the car on their own, for which Mark punished them. Despite the fact that the country has already undergone Operation Othello, which was designed to find the serial kidnappers of children and young women, the police again believe Dutroux. But he still receives the term. For stealing a car. Three months.
As journalists later find out, the police carefully secret the materials on this case, so the public conducted its own investigation. While Dutroux was in prison, two girls, 12 and 14 years old, were locked up in one of his houses in the town of Arlon. Dutroux assigned his assistant, a certain Weinstein, to look after them. But when, after serving time, Dutroux arrived in Arlon, it turned out that both girls died of hunger. Payback with the assistant followed immediately. After adding sleeping pills to Weinstein’s coffee and waiting for him to fall asleep, Dutroux dragged him into the garden and buried him alive. Next to him, the maniac buried two dead girls.
Simple Belgians against a maniac
In December 1995, Dutru stopped a 17-year-old girl on the street. Under the threat of a knife, he tried to drag her into a car and force her to have oral sex. But the girl showed active resistance, began to scream and scratch. Dutroux slashed her throat with a knife, got into the car and drove away. But the girl miraculously remained alive. Right in the hospital, which she managed to get to by a passing car, she gave a description of the rapist. Dutroux fit this description perfectly. The police are again sent to the maniac’s house.
The police take a quick look around the house and are satisfied with Mark’s explanations, whose alibi is confirmed by Michelle Martin, Mark’s ex-wife and accomplice in the criminal business, also previously convicted of assisting in rape! Already leaving the house, one of the policemen hears a child crying from the basement.
– And what’s that? He asks Dutroux.
“Daughter,” Mark answers calmly. “I tried to run away from home, so I punished her.”
The police again believe this explanation and leave the maniac’s house. It is worth saying that Dutroux really had his own children – five, from two marriages. But too gullible police in Belgium! Later it turns out that at that moment there were four girls in the basement of Dutru. Two of them will be killed in three months. After constant rape and torture.
It is not known how much more Dutroux would have led his bloody film business if the parents of one of the abducted girls had not developed a vigorous activity. They raised all relatives, friends and even neighbors to their feet, and it quickly became clear that there was a witness to the abduction. The police did not even look for him … It was a classmate of the kidnapped girl. He remembered part of the license plate number and gave a description of the kidnapper. As you might guess, the description corresponded to the appearance of Dutra.
Under pressure from the public, the police surrounded the maniac’s house and conducted a thorough search. Two girls, barely alive, were taken out of the basement. Seeing the girls being carried out of the house, the crowd broke through the police cordon and nearly tore Marc Dutroux to pieces. After this incident, the maniac was carefully guarded and even brought to the court in body armor.
Maniac Mark Dutroux in a bulletproof vest.
The police dug up the garden near the house and found the bodies of three people: two girls and one man. And a little later, Dutru called another place where he buried the former victims of his filming. After finding the bodies of two more girls, the Belgians took to the streets. The indignation of the citizens of Belgium was so strong that the cabinet of ministers, and after it the entire leadership of the justice authorities, resigned. The matter did not come to the abolition of the ban on the death penalty. As a result, the maniac Dutru was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 23, 2004. His wife Michelle received 30 years, although she was released not so long ago on August 28, 2012, after serving 16 years in prison.
Sentences to the criminal community.
Another accomplice of the porn director Michelle Lelievre was sentenced to 25 years, and another Jean-Michel Nihul to 5 years.
Companion Michel Lelievr.
Companion Jean-Michel Nihul.
Dutra was convicted of five murders and six rapes. But in Belgium they are still wondering how many victims actually went through the maniac’s video studio. About ten thousand videotapes with films about rape, torture, torture of children and very young girls were seized in the houses of Dutroux. And how many of these actors „Shame of Belgium“ sent to the other world, remains the main secret of Belgium …
Photo of the maniac Mark Dutroux and his accomplices:
Some of the victims of the maniac Mark Dutroux.
Video about the maniac Mark Dutroux and his accomplices:
Brüssel – 1998 wurde dem belgischen Staatsanwalt Hubert Massa der Fall des Kinderschänders Marc Dutroux übertragen.
Jetzt ist Massa tot.
War es wirklich Selbstmord?
Oder ist er das mittlerweile 13. Opfer im Todesreigen der Dutroux-Ermittlungen?
Hubert Massa (53) starb am Dienstag abend in seinem Haus in Liege durch einen Schuß in den Mund.
Freitod, sagen seine Vorgesetzten.
Undenkbar, sagen Mitarbeiter und Kollegen.
Nur zwei Tage später – welche Eile – wird Massa beigesetzt.
Der Vater von drei Kindern hinterläßt keinen Hinweis auf ein Motiv, keinen Abschiedsbrief.
Hubert Massa und sein Kollege, Staatsanwalt Michel Bourlet, waren bereits das vierte Team, das sich mit dem Fall Dutroux befaßte.
Ihre Vorgänger mußten gehen.
Die Vorwürfe: Bestechlicheit, Befangenheit.
Der Prozeßbeginn im Fall Dutroux wurde auf das Jahr 2001 festgesetzt.
Die Rückschläge häuften sich.
Piet Eekman, Journalist des ZDF, hat die Blutspur im Fall Dutroux verfolgt und aufgelistet, wie viele Tote es seit Beginn der Ermittlungen gab.
Die Leiche von Anna Konjevoda wurde aus einem Schleusenbecken bei Lüttich gezogen.
Sie hatte sich bei der Polizei gemeldet, auf Verbindungen von Dutrouxs Pornoring nach Osteuropa hingewiesen.
Nächstes Opfer: Bruno Tagliavero.
Der Schrotthändler hatte das Auto zerlegt, mit dem Dutroux seine Opfer entführte.
Er starb durch Gift.
Seine Witwe behauptete, ihr Mann habe Unterlagen über Dutroux besessen.
Wenig später war auch sie tot.
Sie verbrannte in ihrem Bett.
Eine belgische Sozialarbeiterin fuhr mit ihrem Auto frontal gegen eine Brücke.
Sie hatte sich um vergewaltigte Kinder gekümmert – Opfer von Dutroux und seinen Komplizen.
Josef Steppe, ein Polizeiinformant aus dem Dutroux-Milieu, fiel aus ungeklärter Ursache tot um.
In den folgenden Monaten ereignen sich sieben weitere, mysteriöse Todesfälle.
Jetzt also Hubert Massa.
Der hochprofilierte Jurist leitete bereits die Ermittlungen im Mordfall des wallonischen Sozialistenchefs André Cools, deckte dabei einen Bestechungsskandal auf, in dessen Folge schließlich der damalige belgische Nato-Generalsekretär Willy Claes zurücktreten mußte.
Manchmal endet es tödlich, wenn man sich mächtige Männer zu Feinden macht.
A Belgian television station has broadcast a clandestine interview with the paedophile murder suspect, Marc Dutroux, who is awaiting trial on charges of abducting, raping and killing four girls.
I maintained regular contact with people in this ring. However, the law does not want to investigate this lead
Dutroux was arrested in 1996 in a case which rocked the nation. Two of the children who he abducted starved to death in makeshift dungeons under his house.
In the interview with the Flemish-language station VTM Dutroux admitted locking up the girls but did not acknowledge responsibility for their deaths.
He also said he had been part of a wider paedophile network but said the justice system did not want to pursue it.
„There is a well-grounded [paedophile] ring,“ he said. „I maintained regular contact with people in this ring. However, the law does not want to investigate this lead.“
Dutroux has already served time for a paedophile conviction. He was set free in 1992 after serving three years of a 13-year sentence for raping five girls.
Dutroux freely admitted the abduction of teenagers An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks, and eight-year-olds Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo, although it was not clear whether he was aware that he was speaking to a journalist.
„I kept Julie and Melissa captive at my place, so I’m not innocent. I kept An and Eefje captive at my place, so I’m not innocent. I’m absolutely guilty,“ Dutroux said.
But he has always maintained that he did not murder the girls. He accuses his second wife, Michelle Martin, of failing to feed Julie and Melissa.
Dutroux’s trial is due to start next year. It has been delayed several times as a result of the extensive investigation into the girls‘ deaths.
This has included forensic tests on some 6,000 hair samples taken from Dutroux’s basement to try and establish whether the girls had any other visitors.
But the BBC’s Shirin Wheeler in Brussels says the interview is bound to fuel theories that the delay in bringing Dutroux to trial is because of a cover-up by members of the Belgian establishment allegedly linked to paedophile activities.
The parents of two of the young victims – An Marchal and Melissa Russo – say they are deeply unhappy Dutroux has been interviewed.
The reporter who interviewed him was smuggled into his cell by a visiting senator, Jean-Marie Dedecker.
Liberal Senator Dedecker is now facing disciplinary action by his party for allowing the journalist to pass himself off as his driver.
I went to school during the day. At night I was his – and whoever paid money for me.
The following story is part of our ‚Real Women, Real Stories‘ series. The project aims to give a voice to women who have been ‚invisible‘ among us for a long time, who have not had the strength or the ability to express themselves – and who are now ready to share their stories with the world to help others.
Note: the following text contains disturbing details and sometimes very violent scenes in a detailed description. Nothing is glossed over since Brooke Axtell doesn’t want to hide the truth.
At last year’s Grammy Awards in the United States, I had the opportunity to work with singer Katy Perry and none other than President Barack Obama. Together we drew attention to the issue of gender-based violence.
After President Obama spoke on stage about his ‚ It’s On Us ‚ campaign , it was my turn to speak.
And I told about my past . How I survived and overcome domestic violence. And I encouraged those who lived with similar pain and experience to go out and seek help.
What I didn’t say that evening was the fact that due to the sexual abuse experiences I had as a child, I still allowed violence in my relationship as an adult.
Similar to many domestic violence survivors, the abuse began long before I had my first boyfriend. Sexual exploitation made me believe that I didn’t deserve the love I so desperately longed for.
I was seven years old when I was sexually abused and sold for sex.
My favorite color was pink and I loved to dance. My child’s room was full of books, dolls and handicrafts.
I sat for hours on my little white chair surrounded by my soft toys and read or listened to music on my little white radio, which was decorated with pretty roses and a gold frame.
In the bath I lay on my back and sang my favorite song ‚Flying wings, angel sing, strawberry dreams‘, the same lines over and over again. I moved my arms up and down like an angel.
My mother taught me that God is love. She was in the hospital and I was afraid that she would never come home again. My father was away a lot for work, so I had a babysitter.
My babysitter also spoke to me about God. He said it was God’s will to punish me for my sins. What punishment did I deserve? He didn’t say that and I have no words for what happened. I couldn’t tell anyone about it. I couldn’t tell anyone what his deity asked of me on my white bed with the pink sheets.
He called me a ‚worthless whore‘ and said I made him do it to me. As he raped me over and over and prayed the Lord’s Prayer, I left my body. Sometimes I could still hear the echo of his words, ‚Deliver us from evil, deliver us from evil‘. Part of me detached myself to protect the truth, to bear the unbearable. I became many people and I disappeared.
The first rape was my ‚initiation‘, my step into the adult life of hell. A place full of secrets and shadows, people with dead eyes.
After ‚initiation‘ he started taking me to other houses, hotels, parties where he sold me to other men for money. I was forced to do porn with adults and other children. I was locked up and scorned like a trapped animal.
Whenever they filmed me, I left my body and sought protection in another world that I created: a world with white horses, where I danced with angels. Every time they entered me, I rose into this world. I was passed from man to man, hand to hand, like a doll. My soul traveled and came back, crossing oceans, centuries. I lived a thousand lives in one night.
It always went on like this. I went to school during the day. At night I was his – and whoever was interested in paying for me.
The buyers were always white, rich men, with an insatiable appetite for causing me pain. I numbed myself, circling my life as if it belonged to someone else. I became an observer of the abuse. I persuaded myself that everything is going to happen to another little girl, a bad girl, one who needs to be punished. I created a wall between the bad girl and me so that I could live on the light side without the pain.
At some point my mother came out of the hospital. She was in a wheelchair. I was terribly afraid to tell her about the abuse. But she sensed that something was wrong. She trusted her intuition and fired my babysitter.
The abuse at that time came to an end, but the shame remained. No matter what and how much I achieved in life, I was persecuted by this lie about myself that I was ‚worthless, worthless, worthless‘.
For many years I hid the secret behind my trauma. What I had experienced was unspeakable.
Only when I was abused by my boyfriend at the time as an adult woman did I seek professional help in the form of therapy that specialized in sexual violence and overcoming trauma. For the first time, I felt safe enough with my therapist to tell what was done to me – and to find my own way of coping.
Thanks to my therapy, the support of other survivors and the opportunity to express my thoughts through poetry and music , I finally found my way to a self-esteem.
But my experience and my way there have shown me what makes the sex industry tick and how it will be kept alive.
We live in a culture where girls and women are reduced to sexual goods, where sexual and domestic violence are not considered an anomaly. For many of us, they are part of growing up and breeding ground for internalizing our own oppression.
Sex trafficking with children is part of the cycle of violence. It is rape for profit. An alleged ‚consent‘ is just a kind of achievement that the child does to survive. Because even a child would exchange sex for money, food or shelter when it comes to survival. That does not change the fact that it is still irrefutably rape. There is no such thing as ‚child sex slaves‘ or ‚child prostitution‘ – it is always rape.
It is easy to blame those who benefit from child exploitation. And even if we definitely have to hold those accountable, we must also be aware that this alone will not solve the problem. In a country where every sixth American woman is a survivor of a sexual assault and where every fourth woman experiences domestic violence, traffickers are immersed in a culture that makes it easy for them to monetize violence against women. This brutal reality, along with the perverse cult of blaming the victims, has created a ‚perfect‘ market where children can buy and sell.
In the course of my work, I learned that facing the truth means freedom. Only when we are free to bring everything to light, our shame and our secrets have no power over us. As survivors, we may never see our tormentors get the punishment they deserve for their abnormal actions, but we can do our own justice. Because our righteousness lies in knowing that we are valuable, that we can become role models, that we can transform our pain into compassion.
Am Tag ging ich zur Schule. Nachts gehörte ich ihm – und wer immer Geld für mich zahlte
Die folgende Geschichte ist Teil unserer Serie ‚Real Women, Real Stories‘. Das Projekt will Frauen eine Stimme geben, die lange Zeit ‚unsichtbar‘ unter uns lebten, nicht die Kraft oder die Möglichkeiten hatten, sich auszudrücken – und jetzt bereit sind, ihre Geschichten mit der Welt zu teilen, um anderen Betroffenen zu helfen.
Hinweis: der folgende Text enthält verstörende Details und mitunter sehr gewaltvolle Szenen in ausführlicher Beschreibung. Nichts ist geschönigt, da Brooke Axtell die Wahrheit nicht verstecken will.
Im Rahmen der Grammy Awards letztes Jahr in den USA hatte ich die Gelegenheit, mit der Sängerin Katy Perry und niemand geringerem als Präsident Barack Obama zusammen zu arbeiten. Gemeinsam haben wir auf das Thema geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt aufmerksam gemacht.
Nachdem Präsident Obama auf der Bühne über seine Kampagne ‘It’s On Us’ sprach, war ich an der Reihe zu sprechen.
Und ich erzählte aus meiner Vergangenheit. Wie ich häusliche Gewalt überlebte und überwand. Und ich ermutigte diejenigen, die mit ähnlichem Schmerz und Erfahrungen lebten, aus sich rauszugehen und Hilfe zu suchen.
Was ich an dem Abend nicht erzählte, war die Tatsache, dass ich aufgrund meiner Erfahrungen des sexuellen Missbrauchs, die ich als Kind erlebt hatte, auch als Erwachsene immer noch Gewalt in meiner Partnerschaft zuließ.
Ähnlich wie bei vielen Überlebenden von häuslicher Gewalt, begann der Missbrauch lange bevor ich meinen ersten festen Freund hatte. Sexuelle Ausbeutung trichterte mir ein, dass ich die Liebe, nach der ich mich so verzweifelt sehnte, nicht verdient hatte.
Ich war sieben Jahre alt, als man mich sexuell missbrauchte und für Sex verkaufte.
Meine Lieblingsfarbe war pink und ich liebte es zu tanzen. Mein Kinderzimmer war voller Bücher, Puppen und Bastelsachen.
Ich saß stundenlang auf meinem kleinen weißen Stuhl, umgeben von meinen Stofftieren und las oder hörte Musik aus meinem kleinen weißen Radio, das mit hübschen Rosen und einem goldenen Rahmen verziert war.
In der Badewanne lag ich auf dem Rücken und sang mein Lieblingslied ‘Flying wings, angel sing, strawberry dreams‘, immer und immer wieder die gleichen Zeilen. Dabei bewegte ich meine Arme auf und ab wie ein Engel.
Meine Mutter brachte mir bei, dass Gott Liebe ist. Sie lag im Krankenhaus und ich hatte Angst, dass sie nie wieder nach Hause kommen würde. Mein Vater war beruflich viel unterwegs, daher hatte ich einen Babysitter.
Mein Babysitter sprach ebenfalls mit mir über Gott. Er sagte, es sei der Wille Gottes, mich für meine Sünden zu bestrafen. Welche Bestrafung ich verdient hatte? Das sprach er nicht aus und ich habe keine Worte für das, was passierte. Ich konnte niemandem davon erzählen. Ich konnte niemandem davon erzählen, was seine Gottheit von mir auf meinem weißen Bett mit den pinken Bettlaken von mir verlangte.
Er nannte mich eine ‘wertlose Hure’ und sagte, ich hätte ihn dazu gebracht, mir das anzutun. Während er mich immer und immer wieder vergewaltigte und dabei das Vaterunser betete, verließ ich meinen Körper. Manchmal konnte ich noch das Echo seiner Worte hören, ‘Erlöse uns von dem Bösen, erlöse uns von dem Bösen’. Ein Teil von mir löste sich von mir ab, um die Wahrheit zu schützen, um das unerträgliche zu ertragen. Aus mir wurden viele Personen und ich verschwand.
Die erste Vergewaltigung war meine ‚Initiierung‘, mein Schritt ins Erwachsenenleben der Hölle. Ein Ort voller Geheimnisse und Schatten, Menschen mit toten Augen.
Nach der ‘Initiierung’ begann er, mich mitzunehmen, in andere Häuser, Hotels, Partys, wo er mich für Geld an andere Männer verkaufte. Ich wurde zur Pornografie mit Erwachsenen und anderen Kindern gezwungen. Ich wurde eingesperrt und verhöhnt wie ein gefangenes Tier.
Wann immer sie mich filmten, verließ ich meinen Körper und suchte Schutz in einer anderen Welt, die ich erschuf: eine Welt mit weißen Pferden, wo ich mit Engeln tanzte. Jedes mal wenn sie in mich eindrangen, stieg ich in diese Welt auf. Ich wurde von Mann zu Mann gereicht, von Hand zu Hand, wie eine Puppe. Meine Seele reiste und kam zurück, überquerte Ozeane, Jahrhunderte. Ich lebte tausend Leben in einer einzigen Nacht.
So ging es immer weiter. Am Tag ging ich zur Schule. Nachts gehörte ich ihm – und wer auch immer daran interessiert war, für mich zu zahlen.
Die Käufer waren immer weiße, reiche Männer, mit einem unstillbaren Appetit danach, mir Schmerzen zuzufügen. Ich betäubte mich selbst, umkreiste mein Leben als gehöre es jemand anderem. Ich wurde zu einem Betrachter der Misshandlung. Ich redete mir ein, dass alles hier einem anderen kleinen Mädchen passiert, einem bösen Mädchen, eines das bestraft werden muss. Ich erschuf eine Mauer zwischen dem bösen Mädchen und mir, so dass ich auf der hellen Seite leben konnte, ohne den Schmerz.
Irgendwann kam meine Mutter aus dem Krankenhaus. Sie saß im Rollstuhl. Ich hatte unfassbare Angst, ihr von den Misshandlungen zu erzählen. Aber sie spürte, dass etwas nicht stimmte. Sie vertraute ihrer Intuition und feuerte meinen Babysitter.
Die damaligen Misshandlungen hatten damit ein Ende, aber die Scham blieb. Egal was und wieviel ich im Leben erreichte, ich wurde verfolgt von dieser Lüge über mich, dass ich ‘wertlos, wertlos, wertlos’ sei.
Viele Jahre lang verbarg ich das Geheimnis hinter meinem Trauma. Was ich erlebte hatte war unaussprechlich.
Erst als ich als erwachsene Frau von meinem damaligen Freund misshandelt wurde, suchte ich professionelle Hilfe in Form einer Therapie, die sich auf sexuelle Gewalt und Überwindung von Traumata spezialisierte. Bei meiner Therapeutin fühlte ich mich zum ersten Mal sicher genug, um zu erzählen, was mir angetan wurde – und um meinen eigenen Weg zur Bewältigung zu finden.
Dank meiner Therapie, der Unterstützung durch andere Überlebende und der Möglichkeit, meinen Gedanken durch Poesie und Musik Ausdruck zu verleihen, habe ich schlussendlich meinen Weg zu einem Selbstwertgefühl gefunden.
Doch meine Erfahrungen und mein Weg dorthin haben mir vor Augen geführt, wie die Sexindustrie tickt und wie sie immer weiter am Leben erhalten wird.
Wir leben in einer Kultur, in der Mädchen und Frauen auf sexuelle Güter reduziert werden, in der sexuelle und häusliche Gewalt nicht als Anomalie angesehen werden. Für viele von uns sind sie Teil des Erwachsenwerden und Nährboden, unsere eigene Unterdrückung zu verinnerlichen.
Sexhandel mit Kindern ist Teil des Gewalt-Kreislaufs. Es ist Vergewaltigung für Profit. Eine angebliche ‘Zustimmung’ ist lediglich eine Art Leistung, die das Kind absolviert, um zu überleben. Denn selbst ein Kind würde Sex gegen Geld, Nahrung oder Obdach tauschen, wenn es um das eigene Überleben geht. Das ändert nichts daran, dass es sich trotzdem unumstößlich um Vergewaltigung handelt. So etwas wie ‘Kinder-Sexsklaven’ oder aber ‘Kinder-Prostitution’ gibt es nicht – es ist immer Vergewaltigung.
Es ist einfach, diejenigen zu beschuldigen, die von der Ausbeutung der Kinder profitieren. Und auch wenn wir diejenigen definitiv zur Rechenschaft ziehen müssen, muss uns auch bewusst sein, dass damit allein das Problem nicht gelöst wird. In einem Land, in dem jede sechste Amerikanerin Überlebende eines sexuellen Übergriffs ist und in dem jede vierte Frau häusliche Gewalt erfährt, tauchen Menschenhändler in eine Kultur ein, in der es ihnen einfach gemacht wird, Gewalt gegen Frauen zu Geld zu machen. Diese brutale Realität zusammen mit dem perversen Kult, den Opfern eine Mitschuld zu geben, hat einen ‘perfekten’ Markt geschaffen, in dem man Kinder kaufen und verkaufen kann.
Im Rahmen meiner Arbeit habe ich gelernt, dass der Wahrheit ins Gesicht zu blicken Freiheit bedeutet. Erst wenn wir frei sind, alles ans Licht zu bringen, haben unsere Scham und unsere Geheimnisse keine Macht mehr über uns. Als Überlebende sehen wir unsere Peiniger vielleicht niemals die Strafe bekommen, die sie für ihre abartigen Taten verdient hätten, aber wir können unsere eigene Gerechtigkeit schaffen. Denn unsere Gerechtigkeit liegt darin, zu wissen, dass wir wertvoll sind, dass wir zu Vorbildern werden können, dass wir unseren Schmerz in Mitgefühl transformieren können.
Marc Paul Alain Dutroux (French: [dytʀu]; born 6 November 1956) is a Belgian convicted child molester and murderer.
Dutroux was convicted in 1989 for the abduction and rape of five young girls (with his then-wife Michelle Martin) and other accomplices. He was released on parole after three years in prison.
In 1996, Dutroux was arrested on suspicion of having kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused six females aged between 8 and 19, four of whom died. His widely publicized trial took place in 2004. Dutroux was convicted of all charges, along with the murder of a suspected former accomplice, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Dutroux’s accomplices included Michelle Martin, Michel Lelièvre, Michel Nihoul, and Bernard Weinstein. Martin was convicted and sentenced as an accomplice to 30 years in prison, while Lelièvre was sentenced to 25 years. Nihoul was initially tried as an accomplice to the kidnappings, but was acquitted of these charges due to insufficient evidence. He was instead convicted of involvement in a gang that participated in human and drug trafficking and was sentenced to five years in prison. Weinstein was never tried, as he was murdered by Dutroux.
A number of shortcomings in the Dutroux investigation caused widespread discontent in Belgium with the country’s criminal justice system, and the ensuing scandal was one of the reasons for the reorganisation of Belgium’s law enforcement agencies and widespread allegations of corruption and infiltration of the Belgian justice system by a criminal enterprise. In the White March, 300,000 Belgian citizens protested the mishandling of the case.
Born in Ixelles, Belgium, on 6 November 1956, Dutroux was the eldest child of five of Victor and Jeanine, who were both teachers. He spent the first years of his life in the Belgian Congo. After the Congo Crisis, his parents had to return to Belgium.
Dutroux reported that he was repeatedly beaten by his parents. His parents divorced in 1971 and Dutroux left home. He then became a drifter and a male prostitute. Dutroux married at age 20 and had two children. He admitted to beating his wife and cheating on her. They separated in the 1980s. One of his mistresses was Michelle Martin, whom he later married and had three more children with. Dutroux and Martin were both in prison when they married in 1989 and divorced in 2003.
Early release of Dutroux after abduction and rapes
Dutroux had already committed similar crimes (kidnapping and rape of young girls). He had been imprisoned for that in 1989. However, Dutroux was released early, and was thus able to reoffend. He was released in 1991 after only serving three and a half years of a thirteen-year sentence.[clarification needed]
Dutroux abducted Axelle D. on 14 December 1985. During her testimony, she told the police that Dutroux’s accomplice Peteghem had told her that „he was part of a gang“ led by two gang leaders, „an Italian and a crazy stupid one.“ Jean van Peteghem admitted to having taken part in the abduction. He said he had abducted Axelle D. with Marc Dutroux and Michelle Martin. He had lived with Dutroux after being discharged from the military and having his marriage fail. Peteghem told police that the first victims of his and Dutroux were two girls from Morlanwelz. These two victims were never recovered by police. On 7 June 1985 the first proven abduction by the two took place. They abducted eleven-year-old Sylvie D.. On 17 October 1985 the pair abducted Maria V., 19, from Peronnes-lez-Binche. Maria V. also identified a third man that took part in her abduction and appeared to be in his fifties. The man was never found by police. On 17 January 1986 Catherine B., aged 18, was abducted from Obaix. Dutroux had one or two accomplices in her abduction that were never found by police. Peteghem was stationed as army personnel in Germany during that time and could not have assisted Dutroux. On 18 December 1985, Dutroux abducted Élisabeth G., 15, in Pont-à-Celles. Peteghem told police that Dutroux filmed Élisabeth naked and took pictures of her. At the beginning of February 1987, Martin, Dutroux and Peteghem were arrested. This had to a large extent been the fault of Peteghem who had given out a lot of information about him in conversations with the girls, which had been enough for police to identify him. The three were eventually convicted on 26 April 1989. Dutroux received 13.5 years. Peteghem received 6.5 years and Martin received 5 years. Dutroux received a harsher sentence because he had also committed several robberies with Peteghem. Dutroux was thus additionally convicted for the brutal robbery of a 58-year-old woman. The robbery was also committed with accomplices. One of the accomplices in this robbery was also never found by police.
The early release of Dutroux was against the advice of the public prosecutor and against the advice of the psychiatrist who had examined him in prison and stated that he remained dangerous.
The early release was granted by Melchior Wathelet, who was at that time the Belgian minister of justice.
Granting Dutroux state assistance, sleeping pills and sedatives
While in jail Dutroux managed to convince a health professional that he was disabled because of mental illness. He thus was able to collect public assistance from the Belgium government of $1,200 a month. He furthermore convinced the professional that he needed sedatives for sleeping problems. Dutroux later went on to use those sedatives to sedate his victims. He owned seven small houses, most of them vacant, and used three of them for the torture of the girls he kidnapped. Even though he owned several houses his state assistance wasn’t cut. In his residence in Marcinelle, he constructed a concealed dungeon in the basement. Dutroux has been described by psychiatrists who examined him for trial as a psychopath.
On 24 June 1995, eight-year-old classmates Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo were kidnapped after going for a walk in Grâce-Hollogne, probably by Dutroux, and brought to his house in Marcinelle. Dutroux kept them imprisoned in the dungeon he had created, repeatedly sexually abused them and produced pornographic videos of the abuse. Two months later, in the early hours of 23 August in Ostend, Dutroux and accomplice Michel Lelièvre kidnapped An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks, two teenage girls from Hasselt who were on their way back to their holiday home in Westende following a night out in Blankenberge. With Lejeune and Russo already in the dungeon, Lambrecks and Marchal were kept chained up in a bedroom. In September, according to Martin, Lambrecks and Marchal were drugged and brought to Jumet, where Dutroux and accomplice Bernard Weinstein killed them by burying them in a hole.
Around the time of Lambrecks and Marchal’s deaths, Weinstein and a man named Philippe Divers stole a van and hid it in a hangar; after it was found there by the hangar’s owner, it was taken away by the police. Dutroux and Weinstein suspected that Divers and his friend Pierre Rochow had betrayed them, and on the night of 4 November, wishing to interrogate them about the van, Dutroux and Weinstein lured Divers and Rochow into Weinstein’s home in Jumet and drugged and sequestered them, before leaving to go to Rochow’s house to search for clues about the van. There they found his girlfriend Bénédicte Jadot, whom they took with them back to Jumet and questioned before leaving again to pick up another person. While they were away, Jadot escaped and alerted a neighbour, who called the police. With Weinstein wanted by police, Dutroux decided to kill him to prevent his capture. He kidnapped Weinstein and held him in the dungeon at his house in Marcinelle between 13 and 20 November. During this time, he let Lejeune and Russo roam freely around the house. After feeding him food laced with Rohypnol, Dutroux placed hose clamps around Weinstein’s testicles until Weinstein told him where his money was hidden. Dutroux then killed Weinstein by burying him in a hole on his (Dutroux’s) property in Sars-la-Buissière. In December, Dutroux, having been recognised by Rochow, was arrested.
According to Dutroux and Martin, Lejeune and Russo were still alive in the house at the time of Dutroux’s arrest in December, and Dutroux had ordered Martin to leave new food and water for the girls in the dungeon each time they ran out. Martin neglected to feed them, later claiming she was too afraid to go into the dungeon. Lejeune and Russo eventually starved to death. Dutroux initially stated that they were still alive when he returned home following his release from prison on 20 March 1996; according to him, Lejeune died that day, and Russo followed suit four days later despite his efforts to save her; during his trial, he said they were already dead when he returned from prison. An expert asserted that they would not have been able to survive the entire time Dutroux was in prison on the total amount of food and water they were said to have been given. Dutroux buried Lejeune and Russo’s bodies in the garden of the house he owned in Sars-la-Buissière, near to that of Weinstein.
On the morning of 28 May 1996, Dutroux and Lelièvre kidnapped 12-year-old Sabine Dardenne, who was cycling to school in Tournai. In a book originally published under the title J’avais 12 ans, j’ai pris mon vélo et je suis partie à l’école (and published in the United Kingdom under the title I Choose to Live), Dardenne described her time in captivity in Dutroux’s Marcinelle home, where she spent most of the time imprisoned in the dungeon and was starved and repeatedly raped by Dutroux. On 9 August, Dutroux and Lelièvre kidnapped 14-year-old Laëtitia Delhez as she was walking home from her local swimming pool in Bertrix. An eyewitness observed Dutroux’s van, described it and was able to identify part of the license plate. On 13 August, Dutroux, Martin and Lelièvre were arrested. An initial search of Dutroux’s houses proved inconclusive, but two days later, Dutroux and Lelièvre both made confessions. That same day, Dutroux led the police to the basement dungeon inside which Dardenne and Delhez were imprisoned, and the girls were subsequently rescued. On 17 August, Dutroux led police to his house in Sars-la-Buissière, and with his help they were able to locate and exhume the bodies of Lejeune, Russo and Weinstein. On 3 September, the remains of Marchal and Lambrecks were located and exhumed in Jumet. Hundreds of commercial adult pornographic videos, along with a large number of home-made sex films that Dutroux had made with Martin, were recovered from his properties.
Grave errors by law enforcement and prosecution during investigation
Failure to follow up on letter of Dutroux’s mother warning of kidnapped girls being held at his house
In 1995 Dutroux’s mother wrote a letter to the authorities stating that she knew that Dutroux had kidnapped two girls and was keeping them at his house.
Failure to rescue Lejeune and Russo
After Lejeune and Russo were kidnapped in 1995, it took police 14 months to arrest Dutroux even though he had been a prime suspect from the start and had committed similar crimes before. During the search for Lejeune and Russo, police visited Dutroux’s house twice on 13 December and 19 December where Lejeune and Russo were held. However, no attempts were made to free them, even though the locksmith who accompanied police officer René Michaux said that he’d heard screams of children coming from inside the house. The locksmith reportedly said, „I’m not leaving before we turn the place upside down. The screams are clearly coming from inside the house,“ to which Michaux replied, „Who is the police officer here? You or me?“
Dutroux arrest on car theft charges
Around the time of Eefje Lambrecks and An Marchal’s deaths, Weinstein and a man named Philippe Divers stole a van and hid it in a hangar; after it was found there by the hangar’s owner, it was taken away by the police. Dutroux and Weinstein suspected that Divers and his friend Pierre Rochow had betrayed them, and on the night of 4 November, wishing to interrogate them about the van, Dutroux and Weinstein lured Divers and Rochow into Weinstein’s home in Jumet and drugged and sequestered them, before leaving to go to Rochow’s house to search for clues about the van. There they found his girlfriend Bénédicte Jadot, whom they took with them back to Jumet and questioned before leaving again to pick up another person. While they were away, Jadot escaped and alerted a neighbour, who called the police. With Weinstein wanted by police, Dutroux decided to kill him to prevent capture. He kidnapped Weinstein and held him in the dungeon at his house in Marcinelle between 13 and 20 November. During this time, he let Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo roam freely around the house. After feeding him food laced with Rohypnol, Dutroux placed hose clamps around Weinstein’s testicles until Weinstein told him where his money was hidden. Dutroux then killed Weinstein by burying him in a hole on his (Dutroux’s) property in Sars-la-Buissière. In December, Dutroux, having been recognised by Rochow, was arrested.
Marc Dutroux was arrested on 6 December 1995 on car theft charges and subsequently convicted to three months in jail. During the three months Lejeune and Russo died of starvation and dehydration in their dungeon cell as the wife of Dutroux didn’t feed them, even though she knew that they were there.
Failure to review video tapes confiscated from Dutroux
During the search of the houses of Dutroux, several video tapes were found. Those were never looked at. Some of them showed Dutroux constructing the dungeon in which Lejeune and Russo were held. Had police looked at it, they would have found the dungeon and Lejeune and Russo. The video tapes had been in possession of the police since December 1995. They had been passed on the to the prosecutors in the case but not to the judges. Furthermore, some of the video tapes were actually returned to Dutroux by police officer René Michaux without ever being looked at.
The later leading investigator Michel Bourlet said that some of the video tapes had disappeared and that he want to have them all recovered and reviewed.
The videos were reportedly stolen after they were returned to Dutroux. In 1999 some of the tapes were finally reviewed. One of them showed Dutroux raping a young woman in Slovakia. The videos could have made it possible to identify other victims and also exactly determine the severity of the torture that the victims had to endure during their ordeal.
Later during the trial the lawyer of one of the victims, Laetitia Delhez, also expressed disappointment that the videos weren’t reviewed, because they could have proved that Dutroux wasn’t acting alone.
Escape of Dutroux in 1998
In 1998 Dutroux was allowed to have a look at his case files. He was accompanied by two police officers for that. When one officer went on a break Dutroux overwhelmed the other officer and was able to escape. He was captured a few hours later. The Minister of Justice Stefaan De Clerck, the Minister of the Interior Johan Vande Lanotte, and the police chief resigned as a result. In 2000, Dutroux received a five-year sentence for threatening a police officer during his escape. In 2002, he received another five-year sentence for unrelated crimes.
Failure to analyse DNA from basement dungeon
Thousands of hairs were found in the cellar dungeon where Lejeune and Russo were held. However those were for a very long time not tested for DNA.
Inquiry into officer De Baets handling of the police investigation
An inquiry was initiated into the way the investigation was handled by officer De Baets. As this inquiry into his handling of the case took up a lot of resources and during the inquiry it wasn’t possible for him to pass on information to the Parliamentary inquiry into the handling of the case, crucial time was lost.
There were accusations that language difficulties obscured the investigation. The testimony of Régina Louf was in Dutch, however it was reviewed several times by the new investigators who were primarily French speaking and they had difficulties in understanding her. Thus they changed the meaning of her testimony in a way that made her sound less credible.
Failure to properly investigate leads to Slovakia and Czech Republic
Several sources said that Michel Nihoul and Marc Dutroux were planning on a prostitution and trafficking operation between Slovakia, the Czech Republic and western Europe. Several pieces of evidence lead to connections to Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This included a video tape of Dutroux raping a young woman in Slovakia that wasn’t reviewed after it was seized. It also included testimonies saying that they were planning on setting up a trafficking operation. Also the car theft and smuggling operation that Dutroux was involved in lead to those two Eastern European countries. During the time of his arrest Dutroux was in the possession of 2.000 SKK (Slovakian currency) in cash. Six Belgian investigators visited the Czech Republic and Slovakia in August 1996. It wasn’t possible to prove that Dutroux had committed any crimes while being there. Thus they returned without any substantial evidence.
Accusations of cover-up
Many Belgian people believed that Dutroux was part of a paedophile network, that included high-ranking members of the Belgian establishment and that the other people involved were never prosecuted.
Judge Jean-Marc Connerotte’s removal from the case
Press reports claimed that before his removal judge Jean-Marc Connerotte was on the verge of publicly disclosing the names of high level government officials who had been recognized on video-tapes. Connerotte had said that the businessman Michel Nihoul was the brains behind the child kidnapping operation. Investigators also believed that Dutroux and Nihoul were planning on a long-distance prostitution trafficking network involving cars and the import of girls from Slovakia.
The investigating police said in 1996, that Dutroux was part of a child-prostitution ring, that may also have been responsible for several other disappearances still unsolved. They also said that the gang around Dutroux offered $5000 per girl they received. Their criminal activities also involved car theft. It was said that the criminal network around Dutroux was involved in car theft and smuggling. The car in which Lejeune and Russo were kidnapped, has never been found. The general prosecutor, Anne Thilly, decided to have the car theft and smuggling be investigated by different police authorities in different parts of the country. In this way it was nearly impossible to investigate the connection between the car theft, kidnapping and human trafficking. Dutroux also said that Nihoul had proposed to traffic girls from Eastern countries.
Michel Lelièvre the accomplice of Marc Dutroux said that the two girls, Lejeune and Russo, were kidnapped as an order by a third party. However while in arrest Lelièvre stopped cooperating with the authorities. He told police that he had been threatened and couldn’t risk saying any more.
The father of Mélissa Russo, Gino Russo, said during the White March that the removal of judge Connerotte was like „spitting on the grave of Julie and Mélissa.“ Russo subsequently said that after Connerotte was removed there was no progress in the investigation.
Dutrouxs wealth and assets
Dutroux owned ten houses. He was in total worth 6 million Belgian Francs (130,000 USD). While he had all of this wealth in property he also received public assistance of $1200 a month. It isn’t clear how Dutroux was able to acquire the ten properties. Documents were released by WikiLeaks that show that large sums of money in different currencies arrived in Michelle Martins bank account timely linked to the disappearances of the abducted girls. The money was also transferred in foreign currencies from Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Both the transfers and the value of the six properties that Dutroux owned suggested to investigators that he was financed by a larger pedophile and prostitution ring. The Flemish newspaper Nieuwsblad reported that he had committed health insurance fund fraud, theft, insurance fraud and investments on the stock market and that that had contributed to his wealth.
Other outlets suggested that he was able to acquire his wealth through criminal activity such as drug-trafficking and insurance fraud. Additional sources said that he made a lot of money with car theft and pimping.
Claims by the victims families
The father of one of the murdered girls, Paul Marchal, the father of An Marchal accused the police and the judicial system of a cover-up in 2001. He was angry that still in 2001 the trial hadn’t started even though Dutroux had already been under arrest for several years. Paul Marchal said: „It feels like they don’t want to find the truth. It is not a good feeling and not only I think this.“
Carine Russo and her husband Gino Russo were not permitted to identify her daughter and look at her body. They were told by authorities that Dutroux had identified her and that that was enough. The autopsy of Mélissa showed that she had been raped repeatedly over a prolonged period of time. No DNA evidence was taken from the body to conclusively make sure that only Dutroux had raped her. Dutroux always denied raping Mélissa and Julie.
Eventually several families of victims boycotted the official trial stating that it was a circus and there had been no progress in the case since the removal of judge Connerotte.
Failure to test hairs in the dungeon for DNA evidence
There were countless hairs found in the dungeon where the two girls were held. Judge Langlois refused to have them tested for DNA evidence even though the leading police investigator Michel Bourlet had begged him to have them analyzed in order to know whether more people aside from Dutroux were involved. The general prosecutor of the case, Anne Thily, said that she didn’t believe that there was anyone else involved and thus didn’t have the samples analyzed. Thily told investigative journalist Olenka Frenkiel, „In any case the hairs have all now been analysed – all 5,000. And the results of this analysis? Nothing. No evidence of any relevance in the Dutroux affair. Which proves, of course, that Langlois was right all along.“ But according to Frenkiel this wasn’t true. Sources central to the investigation confirmed that in 2002 the hairs had still not been analysed. Thus Frenkiel accused the senior prosecutor Thily of lying brazenly. Frenkiel continued to question Thily and asked her how she would want to prove that Dutroux raped the girls, as he was denying it and there was no DNA evidence. Thily then replied that there were DNA tests, but that the results came back inconclusive as the bodies were too decomposed at the time the samples were taken. Dutroux’s lawyer, Xavier Magnee, said during the trial proceedings „I speak not only as a lawyer, but also as a citizen and father. He was not the only devil. Out of the 6000 hair samples that were found in the basement cellar where some of the victims were held, 25 „unknown“ DNA profiles were discovered. There were people in that cellar that are not now accused.“ However it was never attempted by the prosecution to match those DNA profiles to people implicated in the case. .
Magnee also said that the prosecutors didn’t follow up on evidence leading to a cult called „Abrasax“, which allegedly performed human sacrifices. In a wooden house of Bernard Weinstein (accomplice of Dutroux) a letter was found from the occult sect „Abrasax“, in which a gift for the high priestress (Dominique Kindermans) was mentioned consisting of 17 girls between the age of 2 and 20 for anal, oral and vaginal sex. It was signed by priest „Anubis“. This priest was later identified as Francis Desmedt. Later investigations showed that four police men in Charleroi were also members of the sect, one was even the treasurer. The headquarter of the sect (Institut Abrasax) in Rue Emile Vandervelde 223 Forchies La Marche was raided in 1996 by 150 officers. The television showed police taking away bags of papers, video cassettes and a refrigerator. They also took away black magic ritual implements and human skulls.
Removal of police officers from the case
Several police officer that had worked on the case were subsequently removed in 1997. They were reportedly removed because they had manipulated evidence surrounding the testimony of Régina Louf. However the involved officers always denied that accusation. This included officer Rudi Hoskens, who believed that the testimony of witness X1, Régina Louf, was true because her testimony matched an unsolved murder case that she could have had no knowledge on, had she not witnessed it. What she described was the murder of then 15 year old Christine van Hees. She said that the girl was tortured to death by the group and that Nihoul took part in the torture. She said Dutroux watched. Christine van Hees‘ body was found in 1984. The officer leading the investigation, De Baets, said that they followed up on all testimonies the X witnesses had given, in order to determine whether what they said was possible or not and that they came to the conclusion that it was possible that the things had occurred as the witnesses described them. As this took up a lot of resources and time of the police force an inquiry was initiated into the handling of the case, which then again took up as much resources as the investigation of De Baets itself. It was said that: „The suspicion grew that De Baets and others formed part of a sect bent on destabilising the kingdom.“ So De Baets and large parts of his team were removed from the investigation and sent home on indefinite leave. Not only was De Baets dropped from the investigation, he was also charged in 1997 with concealing the fact that Louf had wrongly identified the photograph of one of the victims. However, on the video tapes of her interrogation it is visible that it was very hard for her to stand looking at the photographs and that her right answer had been in the files all along. In 1999 De Baets was exhonerated from the charges. Additionally two journalists from Le Soir, who had defamed him and four colleagues were convicted to pay two of them 55.000 $ plus court costs. Even though De Baets had been exhonerated, he and his colleagues remained on leave.
Promotion of René Michaux, who failed to save Lejeune and Russo
The officer that searched Dutrouxs house while Lejeune and Russo were likely still alive on 13 and 19 December 1995. However even though the locksmith that he inspected the house with suggested they should search the whole house to find out where children’s screams were coming from, Michaux left after not having searched the house thoroughly. Not only did Michaux fail to rescue Lejeune and Russo, he also failed to look at video tapes that were confiscated from Dutroux’s house. Those video tapes showed him constructing the dungeon, which would have led them to the place where Lejeune and Russo were kept. Some of the videos also included tapes of Dutroux raping women. Many of the tapes were returned to Dutroux without ever being looked at by law enforcement.
Even though Michaux committed grave failures in his duty as a police officer in what was one of the most important criminal cases in the history of Belgium, he was never removed or put on leave like other officers had been. He was subsequently promoted to the position of police commissioner.
Arrests of law enforcement personnel believed to be connected to Dutroux
At least seven members of law enforcement were arrested on suspicion of having ties to Marc Dutroux. One of them was Georges Zico a police detective believed to be an associate of Dutroux. According to prosecutor Michel Bourlet, Zico was charged with truck theft, document forgery and insurance fraud.
Judge Jean-Claude Van Espens close ties to suspect Michel Nihoul
The judge presiding of the Dutroux case, Judge Jean-Claude Van Espen, had a close relationship to Michel Nihoul. A journalist revealed that as a lawyer Van Espen had represented the wife of Nihoul. Van Espens sister was the godmother of Nihouls child. However even though his close friend Michel Nihoul was involved in the case, Van Espen never resigned. He was also not removed from the case for a very long time. Even though judge Conerotte had been removed simply for attending a fundraising dinner. Van Espen was further more the judge presiding over the murder case of Christine van Hees from 1984. He only resigned from this case in 1998 when Nihoul was accused of being involved in the murder and Van Espens close ties to Nihoul were revealed.
Testimony of judge Jean-Marc Connerotte in court
Connerotte testified in the Dutroux case on 4 March 2004. He broke down in the witness box stating that there had been high-level murder plots to stop his investigation into the child-sex mafia. He stated that he had to drive in bullet-proof cars and had armed guards around him at all times because shadowy figures from the crime world were threatening him. The police had informed him that murder contracts had been taken out against the prosecutors in the case. He alleged that organised crime methods were used to discredit his work and make sure that the investigation would end in a judicial failure.
Connerotte criticised authorities for not rescuing Lejeune and Russo, even though Dutroux had been a prime suspect for one year before they were found dead. Connerotte also said that he had received files describing a child-sex network. It described seizure of children and foreign trafficking. The sum of 150.000 Francs was mentioned as the price for a girl. Connerotte also said that he was doubtful about the official explanation on how Lejeune and Russo died. It was said that they starved to death in the dungeon. An adult can last about three days without water and maximum 60 days without food. If they received nothing to drink and eat they should have been dead very soon after Dutroux was imprisoned. However Michelle Martin insisted that they were still alive when he returned. Connerotte had even written to King Albert II of Belgium in 1996 stating that his investigations into crime networks were being blocked because suspects „received serious protection“. The judge said that the „dysfunctional judiciary“ was breaking down as mafia groups took secret control of the „key institutions of the country“.
Letter of judge Jean-Marc Connerotte to King Albert II
A letter from Connerotte addressed to King Albert II in 1996 stated: „This institution seems to acquire its authority and supremacy over sectors of the justice system by relying on a complex and secret modus operandi, that of the appropriation of certain key circuits of our institutions created and regulated by the Law. It is a matter essentially of political, financial, police, and media circuits. This mafia-style criminal phenomenon is evidently not peculiar to Belgium, but it involves particular manifestations that are well suited to this small country. We can imagine the obstacles that a judiciary inquiry will meet when investigating such facts: numerous taboos, problems of mentality, and a lack of cultural reference on the issue in order to be able to become aware of or deal with such criminal phenomena, taking advantage in Belgium of official reticence in terms of their acknowledgement, which favours or supports their occultation. The function of a criminal system of this sort is obviously to serve its fundamental purpose, the pursuance of particularly profitable illicit activities, such as money-laundering, and to protect the ‘legitimacy’ of its activities and the impunity of its agents. This indispensable function corresponds to the motive of criminal protection that assures the permanency of the incriminated system by means of the infiltration of the certain circuits of our institutions, especially the police force, a veritable ‘knot’ which my whole investigation has come up against.“
Book by chairman of the parliamentary inquiry Marc Verwilghen
Marc Verwilghen, the chairman of the parliamentary inquiry into the handling of the Dutroux case, reported attempts in a book he published in 1999 to stifle their investigation into how the case had been handled. Verwilghen eventually published a book which claimed that the commission’s findings had been muzzled by political and judicial leaders to prevent the revelation of details which would have implicated the complicity of additional perpetrators. Verwilghen claimed that senior political and legal figures refused to cooperate with the inquiry. He said magistrates and police were officially told to refuse to answer certain questions, in what he described as ‚a characteristic smothering operation‘. Verwilghen blamed Langlois for refusing to hand over evidence of official protection for Dutroux. He said that if they had received that information, their report would have been without doubt more precise and detailed. Verwilghen added that for him, the Dutroux affair was a question of organised crime.
Statements by senator Anne-Marie Lizin
The Belgian senator Anne-Marie Lizin commented on the case saying: „Stupidity (by the police) can’t be the only explanation. It’s a question of stupidity, incompetence and corruption. Dutroux must be a friend of somebody important. Or else he was being protected because he was known to be a police informant.“ Lizin said Dutroux was not a true pedophile, as he has been portrayed. He had a record of dealing in stolen cars, selling arms to hoodlums and trafficking in prostitution. „When he discovered that men paid a lot more for little girls for prostitution, he started kidnapping them,“ she said. When Dutroux finally was arrested, police found in his house video films of him raping little girls. They said he did this so he could sell the films to pedophiles.
Attempts to have access to Dutroux Dossier from WikiLeaks blocked in Belgium
In 2009 WikiLeaks published the Dutroux Dossier. Belgian authorities tried to have the dossier taken down. The prosecutor general of Liege, Cedric Visart de Bocarme, said “There is some true, some false, some very disparate information here, involving some people who have done nothing wrong, who have simply been mentioned in an investigation and are thus exposed to public contempt, whereas all this material should have remained classified.”
Deaths of potential witnesses
More than 20 potential witnesses of the case have died with no explanation.
social worker supporting victims of a child pornography ring, told friends that she saw a child pornography tape in which one girl was murdered and claimed she recognised one of the perpetrators as an acquaintance of Michel Nihoul
15.11.1998-After calling the police to tell them that she has been threatened with death (by a car accident) in connection with her work
86 year old former metal worker who sold his house (rue Daubresse 63-65, Jumet) to Bernard Weinstein (accomplice of Dutroux). The remains of the victims An and Eefje were found on the property. After selling the house, Gosselin continued living on the property in a wooden chalet. He told his son that he found Bernard Weinstein’s behavior strange. Weinstein said repeatedly that he wanted to buy the chalet as well in order to not be disturbed by neighbors. He allegedly attempted to kill Gosselins dog. Afterwards he told his son that he only slept with a gun under his bed.
4.07.1995, 4 days after Julie and Melissa disappeared, November that year Weinstein and Dutroux abducted three adolescents and sedated them in the house, January 1997 the house burned down by arson
acquaintance of Dutroux and scrap dealer, people alleged that he was blackmailed and forced to commit crimes, before his death he told his wife that he was going to die because he „knew too much“, his wife told a witness that he got rid of a car that was used to kidnapp two girls
was poisoned (was first ruled suicide, but declared murder by poison after autopsy)
The Abrasax sect with members working at the police force in Charleroi
In a wooden house of Bernard Weinstein (accomplice of Dutroux) a letter was found from the occult sect „Abrasax“, in which a gift for the high priestress (Dominique Kindermans) was mentioned consisting of 17 girls between the age of 2 and 20 for anal, oral and vaginal sex. It was signed by priest „Anubis“. This priest was later identified as Francis Desmedt. Later investigations showed that four police men in Charleroi were also members of the sect, one was even the treasurer. The headquarter of the sect (Institut Abrasax) in Rue Emile Vandervelde 223 Forchies La Marche was raided in 1996 by 150 officers. The television showed police taking away bags of papers, video cassettes and a refrigerator. They also took away black magic ritual implements and human skulls.
Parliamentary investigation and escape from custody
A 17-month investigation by a parliamentary commission into the Dutroux affair produced a report in February 1998, which concluded that while Dutroux did not have accomplices in high positions in the police and justice systems, as he continued to claim, he profited from corruption, sloppiness and incompetence.
In October 1996 more than 300.000 Belgians marched through the streets of Brussels after judge Jean-Marc Connerotte was removed from the case. He was removed for attending a fundraising dinner for the families of the victims, which the court system claimed damaged his impartiality. They demanded an investigation and reform of the police and justice system. The protest was called the „White March„. Connerotte was beloved by the public because the only two surviving victims were rescued on his initiative, which made him a national hero. Protesters were wearing signs that said „Stop the cover-up“.
To protest the prospect of a conditional release of Dutroux, a „Black March“ was organised on the 23rd anniversary of the historic „White March“ protest that was held in Brussels on 20 October 1996. The calls to take part in the march were made after it was made public that a court had approved the request of Michel Lelièvre for conditional release, who was an accomplice of Dutroux and had received a 25-year sentence.
The Guardian reported in 2004 that „the entire credibility of the current reformist government of Guy Verhofstadt and Belgium’s very reputation as a normal civilised country is on the line.„
Assassination of André Cools
The assassination of André Cools took place in 1991. The revelations in the Cools case coincided with the revelations in the Dutroux case and in total made the Belgian public lose trust in their government. Van der Biest was eventually convicted but had already been investigated five years prior as the one who ordered the contract hit on Cools. Due to failures in the investigation he wasn’t charged. It was found that several Belgian politicians had been bribed with large sums of money by an Italian helicopter manufacturer, Agusta, in exchange for military contracts. This included Belgian secretary general of NATO, Willy Claes. There were allegations that both the assassination of Cools and the case surrounding Dutroux showed that organised crime had spread in Belgium and that the institutions weren’t efficient in combatting the spread or corruption and organised crime.
Dutroux’s trial began on 1 March 2004, some seven and a half years after his initial arrest. It was a trial by jury and up to 450 people were called upon to testify. The trial took place in Arlon, the capital of the Belgian province of Luxembourg, where the investigations had started. Dutroux was tried for the murders of An Marchal, Eefje Lambrecks and Bernard Weinstein. While admitting the abductions, he denied all three killings, although he had earlier confessed to killing Weinstein. Dutroux was also charged with a host of other crimes: auto theft, abduction, attempted murder and attempted abduction, molestation, and three unrelated rapes of women from Slovakia.
Martin was tried as an accomplice, as were Lelièvre and Michel Nihoul. To protect the accused, they were made to sit in a glass cage during the trial. In the first week of the trial, photos of Dutroux’s face were not allowed to be printed in Belgian newspapers for privacy reasons; this ban remained in force until 9 March. Throughout the trial, Dutroux continued to insist that he was part of a Europe-wide paedophile ring with accomplices among police officers, businessmen, doctors, and even high-level Belgian politicians.
In a rare move, the jury at the assizes trial publicly protested the presiding judge Stéphane Goux’s handling of the debates and the victims‘ testimonies. On 14 June 2004, after three months of trial, the jury went into seclusion to reach their verdicts on Dutroux and the three other accused. Verdicts were returned on 17 June 2004 after three days of deliberation. Dutroux, Martin and Lelièvre were found guilty on all charges; the jury were unable to reach a verdict on Nihoul’s role.
Dutroux claimed that he was a low dog in a powerful pedophile network. He further claimed that Michel Nihoul was the organizer of their abductions.“ He said that he did torture and abuse all of the girls but denied killing any of them until the very end. Dutroux further denied the kidnapping, raping and murdering Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo. He however admitted to incarcerating them at one of his houses. In the case of Lejeune and Russo, Dutroux also claimed that he had „protected them from a power and sinister child sex ring.“ His testimony that he never raped Lejeune and Russo, was somewhat supported by examinations of psychiatrists in 1996 stating that Dutroux didn’t fit the pedophile profile. He wasn’t attracted to children. But might have chosen to abduct younger victims because they were easier to manipulate and control.[check quotation syntax] Dutroux admitted to abduction and rape of the other girls. He also admitted to burying his accomplice, Bernard Weinstein, alive for „letting the girls die.„ Dutroux further said that two unidentified policemen had taken part with him in the kidnapping of An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks. He boasted about having build the dungeon in which Marchal and Lambrecks were held for a while. He said: „I wanted to create a hiding place to spare them from being sent to a prostitution ring.“ Dutroux admitted to raping Lambrecks. He said that Weinstein had raped Marchal. He also admitted to drugging both of them. Dutroux also admitted that he kidnapped Sabine Dardenne and raped her. He also admitted to kidnapping and raping Laetitia Delhez but not handing them over to Nihoul „to spare them the fate of An and Eefje.“ Dutroux’s lawyer, Xavier Magnee, repeatedly said that the prosecution never followed up on evidence of a network surrounding Dutroux.
Michelle Martin’s testimony
Martin testified that Dutroux and Weinstein kidnapped Lejeune and Russo. She also said that Dutroux had told her that he had murdered Weinstein. Martin further said that Dutroux and Weinstein had killed Marchal and Lambrecks. She further testified that Lejeune and Russo starved to death in their basement in 1996 while Dutroux was in jail. She claims, that she was too scared to descend to the basement.
Martin said that Dutroux had already decided to abduct girls in 1985. He had said that it was easier to abduct and rape girls than having to start affairs with them. This way he would also have more resources and time to spend on her. So she had to help him with the abductions.
The X files
The X files were testimonies of people who claimed to have been victims of Dutroux. They had been created after judge Jean-Marc Connerotte had made a public appeal for victims to come forward. In total at least ten victims subsequently contacted the police. All of the witnesses were given the code name „X number“. One of the witnesses‘ names, namely X1, was revealed to be Régina Louf. X1 said that from the age of 11/12 onwards a family friend named Tony Van den Bogaert took her to sex parties with the approval of her family. Several witnesses and family members of Louf confirmed that she had a sexual relationship with Van den Bogaert starting from at least age 12. However Van den Bogaert has never been interrogated, charged or convicted for sexual abuse. She claimed that other minors were present at the sex parties and that those were secretly filmed for blackmail purposes. She said: „It was highly organised. Big business. Blackmail. There was a lot of money involved.“ During her testimony she described some regular clients including judges, a prominent politician and one banker. She gave the police names, addresses and detailed description of two murders that matched unsolved cases of the two murders of teenage girls. Louf said that the parties didn’t only include sex but also sadism, torture and murder. She claimed that one of the organisers of the parties was a man she knew as Mich (Jean Michel Nihoul). Louf described him as a cruel man, who sadistically tortured girls.
Louf said that Dutroux was at that time a young man who brought drugs to the parties for the girls to numb themselves and took care of them in other ways. As a reward he was also allowed to use them for his pleasure. The crimes that Louf described took place about ten years prior to the arrest of Dutroux. Louf’s full name was leaked to the press. She was subsequently made out to look like a fantasist and liar. The new presiding judges declared that she was not a credible witness and that her testimony and the testimony of the other X witnesses would not be used during the trial.
One of the other X witnesses, who’s real name wasn’t revealed, but who’s now working for the police said that they had witnessed and experienced similar abuse. They also recounted instances where children were chased through the woods with Dobermans.
Witness X3 testified that one of the people present at the gatherings that involved sex orgies with minors, torture and murder was Willy Claes, secretary general of the NATO. Claes resigned after he was found guilty of corruption in a tendering process for a large defence contract connected to Agusta helicopters, a large military-helicopter producer from Italy.
A book was published in November 1999 titled: The X-Files: What Belgium Was Not Supposed to Know About the Dutroux Affair. It was written by two journalist from the Flemish Belgian newspaper De Morgen, Annemie Bulte and Douglas De Coninck and another journalist from the French Belgian newspaper Journal du Mardi, Marie-Jeanne Van Heeswyck. It claimed that the X witnesses were much more believable than stated by the media. But it also stated that there had been substantial efforts by the magistrates and senior police officials to demolish the testimony of the X-witnesses. The father of a police officer that was murdered while investigating a car smuggling ring, Judge Guy Poncelet, said that the book was brilliant and convincing. He said he believed that crucial evidence had been down played by the authorities.
The death penalty was abolished in Belgium in 1996. The last execution for common-law crimes was in 1918. However, the majority of Belgians, at the time of the trial, would have had no problem with Dutroux receiving the death penalty. On 22 June 2004, Dutroux received the maximum sentence of life imprisonment, while Martin received 30 years and Lelièvre 25 years. The jury was asked to go back into seclusion to decide whether or not Nihoul was an accomplice.
On 23 June, Dutroux lodged an appeal against his sentence.
Although Nihoul was acquitted of kidnapping and conspiracy charges, he was convicted on drug-related charges and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Nihoul was released in spring 2006. He resided in Zeebrugge until his death on 23 October 2019.
On 19 August 2012, about 2000 people in Brussels demonstrated against Martin’s possible early release from prison. She has since been paroled, 16 years into her sentence, and was released into the care of the Poor Clares in Malonne. She was given shelter, although she was not part of the community. The sisters have declared that they were not her guardian and shelter was given under the condition that she would not violate the conditions of her parole. As the convent has since been sold, she has had to find new shelter or go back to prison. A former judge has created an apartment in his converted farmhouse, where she now lives.
Lelièvre is currently serving his prison sentence in the prison of Ittre. His application for parole in 2013 was denied. He has since then been granted temporary leave, but has violated the conditions of release. He may be released if he can find an apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, which has so far been unsuccessful. The Belgian state was forced to pay Lelièvre 6000 euros. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a moral compensation was in order because he was held in custody (nearly eight years) without receiving answers to his requests.
On 4 February 2013, Dutroux requested the court in Brussels for an early release from prison. He insisted that he was „no longer dangerous“ and wanted to be released into house arrest with an electronic tag (ankle bracelet) placed upon him. On 18 February, the court denied his request. Dutroux is currently being held in solitary confinement in the prison of Nivelles.
Name of suspect
unemployed electrician, convicted child kidnapper and rapist
Murder (of An and Eefje as well as Bernard Weinstein), rape, kidnapping (of six girls), conspiracy, drug offenses
Murder (of An and Eefje as well as Bernard Weinstein), rape, kidnapping (of six girls), conspiracy, drug offenses
Life in prison
eligible for early release after 30 years in 2021
Kidnapping, murder of Julie and Mélissa
Convicted of letting Julie and Mélissa starve to death and assisting in the kidnappings
30 years imprisonment
Released under conditions in 2012 after serving 16 years out of 30
Kidnapping, conspiracy, gang formation, document fraud, drug trafficking, car smuggling
Acquitted of kidnapping, document fraud, trading of stolen vehicles
5 years imprisonment
Was released early in May 2006 under conditions
drug addict and petty thief
Kidnapping, rape, murder
Kidnapping of An, Eefje, Sabine and Laetitia and rape
Michel Nihoul was a business man that was known to frequently attend sex parties. He was accused of being the brains behind the child kidnapping and abuse operation around Dutroux. Nihoul was charged in relation to the case with „kidnapping, rape, conspiracy and drug offenses.“ Nihouls lawyer in the case was, Frederic Clement de Clety. His lawyer denied all charged made against Nihoul by Dutroux and called him a ‘’“liar and manipulator.“’’ When the investigative journalist, Olenka Frenkiel, met Nihoul in Brussels he reportedly greeted her with the words „I am the monster of Belgium.“ He told her that he was certain that he would never be prosecuted. During the encounter he grabbed her, tickled her and pulled her unto him so that she called for her colleagues to help her get away from him. Frenkiel was working on a documentary on the case for the BBC. In 2004 at the end of the Dutroux case trial he was released of all charges in child abduction.. In May 2010 the Belgian prosecutor office dropped all charges against Nihoul relating to a participation to a pedophile ring in the absence of any tangible evidences.
Jean-Marc Connerotte (on his initiative two girls were rescued, was removed from case for attending fundraising dinner for families)
Jacques Langlois (investigating magistrate). Dutroux case was his first assignment
Jean-Claude Van Espen (was in charge of the murder investigation of Christine van Hees, resigned from the Dutroux case and the murder investigation around van Hees after his close ties to Michel Nihoul were made public in 1998)
Effects in Belgium
The Dutroux case is so infamous that more than a third of Belgians with the surname „Dutroux“ applied to have their surname changed between 1996 and 1998.
Confirmed victims of Dutroux
Sylvie D., 11, 17 October 1985, abducted and raped
Maria V., 19, 17 October 1985, abducted and raped
Catherine B., 18, 17th 1986, abducted and raped
Élisabeth G., 15, 18 December 1985, abducted, raped, Dutroux took videos and pictures of her
Axelle D., 14 December 1985, abducted and raped
Mélissa Russo, 8, 24 June 1995, abducted and imprisoned, died of starvation and dehydration, found in Sars-la-Buissiere
Julie Lejeune, 8, 24 June 1995, abducted and imprisoned, died of starvation and dehydration, found in Sars-la-Buissiere
An Marchal, 17, 23 August 1995, abducted, imprisoned and raped, buried alive after being wrapped in plastic, found August 1996
Eefje Lambrecks, 19, 23 August 1995, abducted, imprisoned and raped, buried alive after being wrapped in plastic, found August 1996
Sabine Dardenne, 12, 28 May 1996, abducted, chained by neck for 79 days and raped repeatedly
Laetitia Delhez, 14, 9 August 1996, abducted, chained to bed and raped for four days
Marc Dutroux owned seven houses, four of which he used for his kidnappings:
The house on the Route de Philippeville 128 in Marcinelle is most often cited in the media. All victims were held captive here in the basement and bedroom. The municipality of Charleroi seized ownership of this house, because of what happened there and the bad state of the house. There are plans to create an open space with a memorial site here. In the Belgian procedure of compulsory purchase, an owner has a last right to visit a house. Therefore, Dutroux visited this house on 10 September 2009, under heavy police guard.
A house in Jumet, that has since been demolished. The remains of An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks were found buried in the garden of this house. Bernard Weinstein lived in this house for a while. A small monument is placed at this location.
A house in Marchienne-au-Pont. Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo were held captive here for a short while after their kidnapping.
A house in Sars-la-Buissière. The bodies of Lejeune, Russo and Weinstein were found buried in the garden. The house was bought by the municipality of Lobbes in the first months of 2009. It is planned to make a park with a monument commemorating Dutroux’s victims here.
Murals on a wall opposite the house in Marcinelle.
April 26, 1989 – Marc Dutroux is convicted of the rape of five girls in 1985 and 1986.
April 8, 1992 – Dutroux, thanks to the then minister of justice Melchior Wathelet, is released from prison early where he was serving a 13.5 year sentence.
Main crimes and arrests
24 June 1995 – The eight-year-old girls Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo are abducted in Liège.
August 22, 1995 – The 17-year-old An Marchal and the 19-year-old Eefje Lambrecks are kidnapped in Ostend.
November 25, 1995 – The 43-year-old Bernard Weinstein was killed by Dutroux (presumably on this date).
December 13, 1995 – Following tips from witnesses and Dutroux’s mother, Chief Guard René Michaux searches Dutroux ’s house in Marcinelle . Children’s voices are heard, but Michaux thinks that they come from outside.
May 28, 1996 – 12-year-old Sabine Dardenne is abducted in Kain, Walloon .
August 9, 1996 – Laetitia Delhez, 14, is abducted in Bertrix .
August 13, 1996 – Dutroux, his wife Michelle Martin, and a friend, Michel Lelièvre, are arrested on the basis of witness statements.
August 15, 1996 – Police discovered Sabine Dardenne and Laetitia Delhez, who were hidden in a cell in the basement of Dutroux’s house.
August 16, 1996 – Police arrest Michel Nihoul on suspicion of conspiracy .
August 17, 1996 – The bodies of Lejeune and Russi are dug up in the garden of a house that Dutroux owns in Sars-la-Buissière. The girls died of starvation . The corpse of Bernard Weinstein, a French companion of Dutroux, is also discovered in the same garden.
August 18, 1996 – Dutroux and Lelièvre confess the kidnapping of Marchal and Lambrecks, but deny that the teenagers were murdered.
September 3, 1996 – The police find the bodies of Marchal and Lambrecks under a shed at Weinstein’s house. They are buried alive.
September 21, 1996 – Jean-Marc Connerotte, investigating judge in the Dutroux case, marries his girlfriend with whom he has been together for 10 years. Together with their son they visit a benefit meeting for the parents of (the) disappeared children. They eat spaghetti during this benefit meeting . Connerotte sat at the table with Michel Bourlet, the attorney at Neufchâteau. He only stayed for an hour and did not speak to Sabine Dardenne. The magistrates received a fountain pen of 27 Euros each, their wives a bouquet of flowers.
October 15, 1996 – The spaghetti affair : the Court of Cassation removes the investigating judge Jean-Marc Connerotte because attending this benefit meeting where he received two gifts (the plate of spaghetti and a fountain pen).
October 20, 1996 – The White March. Around 300,000 people demonstrate in Brussels to vent their outrage at the delays and errors in the Dutroux investigation.
October 24, 1996 – Fearing that the Dutroux investigation will be screwed up, the Belgian parliament will set up an independent investigation committee to investigate the Dutroux case, as well as the possible procedural errors in the Belgian police and judicial authorities. Marc Verwilghen will be the chairman .
March 15, 1997 – The Dutroux commission makes scathing criticism of the police and the Ministry of Justice, who made a mess of investigations into the missing girls.
May 6, 1997 – The Dutroux Commission returns to work and investigates whether Dutroux was protected by high figures.
February 15, 1998 – The committee’s second report states that the Dutroux gang did not enjoy protection from above, but benefited from corruption, carelessness, and lack of professionalism.
April 23, 1998 – Dutroux escapes his guards in the Neufchâteau courthouse, but is picked up again four hours later in Herbeumont Saint-Médard by ranger Stéphane Michaux. Interior Minister Johan Vande Lanotte and Minister of Justice Stefaan De Clerck offer their resignation on the same day and are succeeded by Louis Tobback and Tony Van Parys respectively . The head of the government service, Willy Deridder, also resigns.
July 14, 1999– Hubert Massa, Advocate General in charge of the Dutroux case, commits suicide.
December 15, 1999 – Michel Nihoul is released conditionally due to lack of evidence.
March 15, 2002 – Investigative Judge Jacques Langlois completes the investigation into Dutroux.
January 17, 2003 – The Council Chamber in Neufchâteau decides to bring Dutroux, Martin and Lelièvre before the Court of Assisen. Nihoul is excluded from prosecution. Public prosecutor Bourlet and some civil parties file an appeal.
April 30, 2003 – The Liège Chamber of Indictment (AI) follows Attorney Bourlet and also refers Nihoul to the Court of Assisen.
December 8, 2003 – Attorney Bourlet files the 27-page indictment.
March 1, 2004 – The Dutroux trial starts in Arlon .
June 14, 2004 – After 56 litigation days, the twelve members of the jury withdraw to consider the guilt or innocence of the suspects.
June 17, 2004 – Dutroux is found guilty of various murders.
June 22, 2004 – Dutroux is sentenced to life imprisonment and 10 years at the government’s disposal . Michelle Martin gets 30 years in prison, Michel Lelièvre 25 years and Michel Nihoul 5 years. Dutroux appeals in cassation.
December 16, 2004 – The Court of Cassation decides that no procedural errors have been made. The penalties continue to apply.
October 2005 – Lelièvre asks for a first time to be released conditionally. That is refused because he has not yet reimbursed his victims.
Michel Nihoul was released early in May 2006 under conditions
2007 – The Belgian state is ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to pay 6,000 euros in damages to Lelièvre, because his pre-trial detention had lasted unreasonably long. Like Marc Dutroux and Michelle Martin, Lelièvre had been in jail for almost eight years when he was convicted in 2004. The money goes to his victims.
April 2007 – Michelle Martin submits a request for conditional release, in application of the Lejeune Act . This is rejected in view of the seriousness of the facts, the lack of probation prospects and the risks associated with the psychological profile of the convicted person.
October 2008 – Martin submits a second application, which is rejected.
November 2009 – Martin submits a third application, which is again rejected.
8 May 2011 – Martin, after serving half of her sentence, obtains conditional release. The associated conditions were not met in mid-* June 2011, and Martin was not released conditionally.
April 2012 – Dutroux requests penal leave, allowing him to stay outside the prison for a day and a night every month (this can be done at the earliest one year before serving one third of his sentence). The prison management rejects.
July 31, 2012 – The criminal court decides once again to release Michelle Martin conditionally. The monastery of the Poor Klaren in Malonne is prepared to receive her. However, the Public Prosecution Service appeals in cassation. The conditional release leads to protests.
August 19, 2012 – The families of Julie Lejeune and An Marchal, together with Laetitia Delhez, are organizing a manifestation against Martin’s conditional release. There are 5000 participants. After the event, they will be received by Minister of Justice Annemie Turtelboom and Minister of Internal Affairs Joëlle Milquet, a week later by Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo .
August 28, 2012 – The Supreme Court ruled that it had found no procedural errors in the decision of the criminal court. A few hours later Martin leaves the prison on the way to the monastery in Malonne.
September 6, 2012 – Following the protests against the release of Martin, the government summit concretises the coalition agreement that included a sensitive tightening of the conditional release.
13 September 2012 – Dutroux applies for release with ankle strap (this can be done six months before the first appearance before the criminal court). According to Ronny Baudewijn, Dutroux’s lawyer, he also really hopes to be released. He declares to have spent hours discussing repentance and regret with him, which Dutroux does not have: He finds it regrettable that people have died, but he does not feel guilty. As a psychopath, he cannot empathize with what he does to others, he only sees what he is entitled to .
April 2013 – Dutroux will have served one third of his sentence and will be summoned for the first time by the enforcement court (even if he does not take the initiative with a request for a conditional release).
Michael Lelièvre was released under conditions in October 2019
In October 2019 Dutroux filed to have himself be examined by psychiatrist. In order to be able to be released early under conditions in 2021 three psychiatrists would have to come to the conclusion that the danger of him reoffending is low.
Victim of ritual abuse- ‚I was sold to a murderous pedophile network as a child, 6 year old girl. I was raped as a child for thousands of hours. I should be killed when I was 11. I was strapped to a butcher block. He was black with the blood of all the children before me. ‚
I grew up in Belgium and was sold to a murderous pedophile network. Around my 6th birthday. I have been used on this network for five and a half years. Adult men who were part of this exclusive club were there for various reasons. But there was a lot of alcohol, a lot of drugs, and the children were the commodity, the most valuable commodity. They were mainly used for sex. But there were also a few aristocrats in this club who liked to kill children. And then my time had come. I should be killed when I was 11. I was tortured because someone who had protected me for a while and then really abused me was done with me. I was strapped to a butcher block. He was black with the blood of all the children before me. I was there for a couple of hours. My body is full of scars. And every scar reminds me of that moment. I thought I was going to be killed. Like all children who were not loved enough to live. And I would be forgotten too. And I wasn’t ready to die. Someone in the network loved me enough to save me. The torture lasted a few hours. I was on this network for five and a half years. During that time, I was raped many, many, many times. I have no scars to show how many times I have been raped. But I did the math. It was usually a whole night at the weekend. I calculated that I was raped for about 6 hours a week. So actually raped. 1716 hours of rape. Even before I was 12 years old. I grew up with instructions given to me by the person who saved me. That kept me away from prostitution and drugs. That got me out of the country. From Belgium, where it all happened. As a young adult, even though I had no scars, I was so focused on being a sex object that I attracted the men. And parts of me needed that to live. Because that was the only way I knew to feel good. As a young woman, I was so unseen and stamped. And everyone was ready to accuse me. To be promiscuous. And as it says: „cheap“. A whore. All these things, all these insults, they judge me so quickly. And then when I healed, I realized: No, I have to break out of the pattern that I need sexual attention. Let me get away from it. Don’t let me make myself an object anymore. Let me be a free woman. So I’ve worked for decades to feel all this pain. From what was done to me. The betrayal of being sold by my parents. Children are the most vulnerable of all of us. That is why we want to create a society where children will be safe. In which children have a community around them. Every child deserves security. No child deserves what I had to experience. And what millions of children experience every day. Unfortunately, that’s part of the current system. As women, we have so much potential to become really powerful by feeling everything we have to endure as women. That gives us more strength than everyone else. All the pain behind all the impotence and humiliation. Really feeling what was done to me, really understanding that it wasn’t me that I was ultimately okay. I was a child, I became a victim. It was not my fault.
My name is Anneke Lucas. At 6 I became a sex slave for Europe’s elite
My mother sold my body. Whenever she got a call, she drove me to the customer.
The following story is part of our “Real Women, Real Stories” series. The project aims to give a voice to women who have lived „invisibly“ among us for a long time, who lacked the strength or the means to express themselves – and who are now ready to share their stories with the world to help others.
Note: The following text contains disturbing information and sometimes very violent scenes in a detailed description.
As a young girl, I was forced into sex slavery in my home country of Belgium .
My mother sold my body. Whenever she got a call, she drove me to the customer. The leader of the pedophile ring was a Belgian cabinet minister. The customers were part of high society, the elite of Belgium. I recognized her regularly on TV. Their faces were known to the public as I got to know the dark side of their hunger for power – the side that no one would believe existed. I saw VIPs, European heads of state and even members of the royal family.
It was around my sixth birthday, in 1969, when I was first taken to an orgy . It was in a castle. I was part of an SM show, chained with an iron dog collar on a small stage, and was forced to eat human feces. After that, I was just left lying there like a broken object. I felt so terribly humiliating. I knew I had to do something to save my soul, otherwise – and I was aware of that at the time – I would have wilted and died on the spot.
So I forced myself to stand up and look at the bizarre crowd of aristocrats, disguised as curious hippies, staggering to the music and involved in various sexual actions. Everyone was busy pulling in small pills and rolled joints served by sober waiters on silver trays. It was a strange scene and I was trembling all over, but I tensed my body like a bow just before an arrow was shot. And I could hear my voice, even if it didn’t sound like my own, I could hear my voice yelling at the adults that it was all wrong and that I would betray everyone and they would all go to prison.
Grotesque, almost extraterrestrial music pervaded the atmosphere and most adults were too high to take notice of me. Only a man in a dark business suit looked at me. He looked startled, looked into my eyes for a brief moment, and seemed to be feeling with me. Then he was gone. I never saw him again on the pedophile network, only on television many years later. He became a well-known Belgian politician.
Someone grabbed me wordlessly and took me to the basement. I was sure that I would die. Instead, I was shown the body of a very young body. From then on I remained silent.
I went to school during the week. I was a shy girl with few friends. I still remember a scene from the second grade. I noticed how everyone in the classroom suddenly turned and stared at me. My teacher had asked me a question beforehand, but I was just too mentally absent to notice anything. I still remember how she wondered aloud whether I knew the answer while I was huddled and embarrassed in my chair, bearing the laugh of the class.
I was a nobody at school and there was nobody at home to take care of me. I only got attention in the pedophile ring. I was the small, perfect, pretty object of lust that was sought after by powerful men with high standards. At that time it was the only element in my life that I could rate as positive. And I was attached to this single thread that kept me from drowning in an ocean of shame and self-loathing.
After four years in the network, I was now 10, a new customer brought his 20-year-old son with me. Tall, blonde and with blue eyes. He approached me brazenly. I smiled and he called me a little bitch.
Since the orgy four years ago, I had never expressed my true feelings, I had never said anything again. But now I was furious.
„And you really think I like being here?“ I scoffed.
What followed was the most intense year of my life, in which I was loved, seen, understood and abused more than ever, all by this young man. A year later, when he finished with me, I had become useless for the network and was about to be killed. When my torture began, he was there, watching and laughing.
For the third time in my life, my whole body filled with an almost supernatural strength, with combative pride. Glowing cigarettes were stubbed out on my forearm. But my body sealed itself off with sheer defiance. I became the thought „I don’t need you“ and all I saw was the energy behind his blue, sad eyes and the love, despite all the pain he had inflicted on me.
That night, 1974, I should have died on the battle block. My life was saved only at the very last second.
As I continued to be tortured, the young man discussed with the politician who led the pedophile ring. They agreed on a deal: the young man would work for the politician and expand the shameful business, I should be allowed to live for that. This one deed cost the young man’s life a few years later. In this milieu, every nuance of humanity is a death sentence.
But at that time my life was spared and I was told to remain silent forever. It took me 40 years to talk about it for the first time.
1988. I was 25 years old. I was walking through downtown Los Angeles, near Skid Row, when a thin, yet unmistakable smell of human feces rose in my nose – and suddenly I remembered the cruel humiliation I had experienced as a child. My very first thought was: „If all of this is true, I’ll kill myself.“
The experience had shaped me too much and my shame was too big. I was just not that far and pushed the memory far into my subconscious. It would take many more years, many more hours of therapy, before I was finally ready to share my memories with one person.
Today I share my experiences with the public for the first time, because I have finally reached a point in my healing process where I finally have strength again, similar to what I did in the few moments when I worked for the network and rebelled.
I am convinced that the world is more than ready to face its dark side. We have to if we want to survive as a species.
All survivors of incest, sexual abuse and sex slavery have the same power as me. Even though I still suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress trauma) today, and even today I suddenly feel sick when I hear a certain grotesque, extraterrestrial music, I am now aware of this trigger and it no longer determines my everyday life. It takes so much strength to survive, not just the physical violence but also the mental emptiness after the abuse – and the shame you have to carry.
Mastering everyday life alone while trying to cure childhood abuse takes a thousand times more force than someone trying to build a career without that burden. And our society values the career person more than the survivor.
Heads of state or government, power-hungry and corrupt politicians who abuse children, even children who have never grown up, are driven to hunger for power to escape any feeling of shame and humiliation from the abuse, subconsciously seeking revenge by reprocessing the abuse becomes. You lack the courage to heal.
Anneke Lucas grew up in Belgium and describes how she was sexually abused and raped as a child for over 1716 hours. In her shocking statement, Lucas describes systematic child abuse by elite pedophile rings.