Arrogant claims of a man who preens himself on his murders

Extracts,Sid Ahmed Rezala
Saturday 20 May 2000 00:00

"If someone had done that to a member of my family, I would have killed him and torn out his heart and eaten it. Let God help the families [of my victims] and let God give me nothing but suffering. It's hard to live with.

"If someone had done that to a member of my family, I would have killed him and torn out his heart and eaten it. Let God help the families [of my victims] and let God give me nothing but suffering. It's hard to live with.

I'm a human being. I have a heart too. I've tried to commit suicide a number of times. God didn't want to take me..."

"In the train, I was stoned out of my head. At that time, I was drinking two litres of Jack Daniels a day, mixed with cannabis and I also took "missiles" [a form of LSD]. I never travel alone. When you are stealing in trains, you need someone to keep a lookout. But the blokes I was with didn't see anything. I wrapped my shirt around my arm and just wore my tee-shirt afterwards, and no-one saw the blood..." [This probably refers to the stabbing of Corinne Caillaux]

"As for Emilie Bazin, there were people who saw her body at the house [she was found in the cellar of a house Mr Rezala had lived in in Amiens] but they didn't say anything, to protect me I suppose. At least three people knew."

"I don't know why I started having a go at women. I've never had a problem with women. It was women who raised me in Algeria. I don't know. I used to scare blokes rather than women. Me, I was never scared of anyone, except God. Nothing bad could ever happen to me. I felt strong."

"Thirty seconds before [killing Emilie], I didn't know that I was going to kill her. There's a flash. You see her dead. It's like a command that you get in the form of a picture and you go ahead and do it. Isabel Peake was a bit the same. She was a very gentle girl. We started chatting at Limoges station at three in the morning. She was going to Paris and she was going to see her bloke in England. She wanted to call him. She asked me for my mobile phone and I lent it to her. I've always helped other people. If you were cold, I'd take off my shirt and give it to you. My parents raised me that way. She telephoned her boyfriend. She took a drag on my joint. Then I got this flash again..."

"Corinne Caillaux, with her it was completely pointless. Pure madness. I don't understand. I followed her to the toilets to chat her up, meaning to take her bag. I just wanted to rob her. She had her little dog with her. I don't know what got hold of me. I didn't see that she was travelling with a kid or I wouldn't have done it, that's for sure. Kids are the greatest..."

"When you do that [kill someone], it's not you any more. You aren't in control. You don't even realise what's happening when you see the blood."

"It's at night that it comes back to you. You start to realise what you did when you are alone. I no longer sleep at nights. I shout out. I get up. I talk to myself and then I calm down."

"When I came out of prison the last time, I went to live in Amiens. Nadia had found herself another bloke. But it was me who kept them... I told Nadia that if she left me, I would go crazy. I couldn't accept that she had dropped me. Her son [from a previous relationship] called me daddy...

It killed me that she was with another bloke... They were sleeping in the bed I bought... I wanted to kill both of them... But I couldn't do any harm to them. Sometimes, when they fought, it would be me who separated them."

"The first time I killed someone [probably Isabel Peake], I told Nadia that I had done a terrible thing that God would never forgive. I don't know if she understood me."

"The day the arrest warrant was issued for me I went straight to Barcelona. I had my gun and a million francs in cash [£100,000] and 10 kilos of "shit" [cannabis]. My business was going well. I went to Belgium and Holland lots of times to buy drugs and re-sell them. I used to cross the border by foot. I made stacks of money."

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