French police believe al-Hilli murderer could be crazed serial killer with a hatred of tourists
Thursday 22 November 2012
Police officers investigating the horrific massacre of a British family in the French alps believe they were murdered by a crazed serial killer with a hatred of tourists.
The Sun newspaper claims that police have linked the murders of Saad al-Hilli, wife Iqbal and mum-in-law Suhaila Iqbal with another tourist killing.
The motive for the murders, which happened while the family were on a camping holiday, has so far been a mystery to French police.
However, detectives now appear to have linked the murders with that of Xavier Baligant, 29, who was shot four times at a rest area off the A13 near Nancy in July. His sons, Dylan, five, and Jordan, seven, were in the car at the time, and were left unharmed.
Police believe the gun used in the attack was very similiar to that used in the killing of Saad al-Hilli and his familiy members.
The weapon is thought to be a collectors' item, and was used by the Swiss army before the First World War.
Mr al-Hilli, 50, his 47-year-old wife Iqbal, his 74-year-old mother-in-law and French cyclist Mr Mollier, 45, were killed by a lone gunman at an isolated lay-by close to the village of Chevaline, near Lake Annecy.
Initially it was suggested the killings were a professional hit, and that more than one gunman may have been involved.
Mr al-Hilli's daughters Zainab and Zeena survived the shooting in September.
Police were unable to find any DNA at the scene, but shell-casing identifying the weapon as an antique Luger were found.
Earlier this week French police indicated all lines of inquiry remained open.
French investigator Eric Maillaud said: "Without doubt we are looking for someone who has killed before, someone who puts no value on human life.'
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Who should I vote for? The Independent quiz matches best political party for undecided voters ahead of the general election
Met Gala 2015: Beyoncé manages to out-skimp Rihanna, Miley and Kim Kardashian combined with near-naked ensemble
Syria's 'circle of hell': Aleppo residents describe children without heads, streets filled with blood and injuries never before witnessed by surgeons
General Election 2015: Photographic history of Bullingdon Club tracked down - including new picture of David Cameron in his finery
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 2 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'