The cellar used by Marc Dutroux for imprisoning children
The Dutroux Affair centres upon the person of Marc Dutroux, convicted of multiple charges of abduction, rape and murder of children. He continued to insist that he was part of a European wide VIPaedophile ring including senior politicians, police officers and businessmen.
Light sentencing at first trial
In April 1989, Marc Dutroux was sentenced to 13 years for abduction and rape of 5 young girls. Belgian Justice Minister Melchior Wathelet released him on parole in April 1992, having served only three years.
Judge Jean-Marc Connerotte was dismissed after he attended a fund raising dinner for the victims' families. His replacement, Jacques Langlois had never tried a case before and had a difficult relationship with the public prosecutor Michel Bourle. Some of the parents of the victims claim that no new evidence was brought forth after Langlois took on the case. Langlois claimed that much of the evidence gathered was unverifiable and useless in court.
The dismissal of Connerotte and the end of the investigation resulted in October 1996 in the "White March", with an estimated 300,000 people marching on Brussels to demand a reform of Belgium's police and justice system.
Dutroux escaped from police custody for a few hours in April 1998, but was recaptured after a massive manhunt.
Throughout the trial, Dutroux insisted that he was part of a Europe-wide paedophile ring including police officers, businessmen, doctors, and senior Belgian politicians.
The police seized several videotapes from Dutroux's house that showed him constructing the secret entrance and the dungeon where he imprisoned girls. The police [When?] reported that they never viewed the tapes because they did not have access to a machine that could play them.
Commercially-controlled media has kept a near total silence on the issue and treats Joël van der Reijden's research as a third rail issue. As of August 2019, Wikipedia had a Mark Dutroux page, but did not have a separate page for the affair.
Olenka Frenkiel reported in 2002 in The Guardian, that "Since 1995, there have been 20 unexplained deaths of potential witnesses connected with Dutroux." In 2001 the German public-service television ZDF broadcasted a documentary about the dying of witnesses connected to the Dutroux affair. According to that investigation, the number is as high as 27.
Among the dead are:
- July 4, 1995: Alexandre Gosselin, Bernard Weinstein's neighbor dies.
- August 25, 1995: Guy Goebels, gendarme investigating the disappearance of Julie and Melissa, committed suicide in his apartment with his service weapon.
- November 1995: Bernard Weinstein, Dutroux's accomplice, is poisoned by Dutroux.
- November 5, 1995: Bruno Tagliaferro, poisoned scrap dealer who wanted to testify against Dutroux.
- April 2, 1995: Jean-Pol Taminiau disappears, he had rented a garage near a hangar rented by Dutroux. One year after the disappearance a foot of Taminiau is found.
- July 26, 1995: Francois Reyskens, was run over by a train shortly before a hearing.
- February 21, 1996: Simon Poncelet, a policeman investigating the Dutroux car-jacking milieu, was shot dead in his office during the night shift.
- August 22, 1996: Michel Binon, suicide.
- December 5, 1996: Michel Poiro, nightclub owner who was acquainted with Michel Nihoul, is shot dead before he wanted to meet the parents of Julie and Melissa.
- March 5, 1997: Joseph Toussaint, confessor of Michelle Martin, dies of a heart attack.
- March 7, 1997: Christian Coenraets, inmate who was supposed to testify about his relationship with Weinstein but fled the day before testifying, is found dead a month later.
- April 25, 1997: José Steppe, dies two days before he was supposed to testify to a journalist and the gendarmerie.
- July 2, 1997: Virginie Pinon, dies of cystic fibrosis.
- November 16, 1997: Gérard Vannesse, persecutor of Dutroux, dies of a thrombosis.
- April 5, 1998: Brigitte Jenart, a friend of Michel Nihoul, commits suicide.
- April 7, 1998: Anna Konjevoda is found dead in the river Meuse, the body shows signs of beatings and strangulation.
- November 15, 1998: Gina Pardaens, social worker who looks after victims of a child pornography ring, dies in a traffic accident after receiving death threats.
- December 18, 1998: Fabienne Jaupart, wife of Bruno Tagliaferro, burns to death in her bed.
- July 13, 1999: Public prosecutor Hubert Massa commits suicide.
- August 15, 1999: Grégory Antipine, police officer, commits suicide by hanging.
- November 4, 1999: Sandra Claeys, Michel Lelièvre's ex-girlfriend commits suicide.
- March 1, 2001: Jean-Jacques Feront, paedophile hunter who dies of a heart attack.
- March 28, 2001: Nadège Renard, ex-girlfriend of Jean-Pol Taminiau, dies in a car accident.
- May 17, 2001: Pierre-Paul "Pepe" De Rycke, acquaintance of Michel Nihoul, commits suicide.
- November 15, 2001: Philippe Deleuze.
In 2019, the Epstein affair exposed Jeffrey Epstein to be at the centre of a VIPaedophile entrapment project. Although larger and more blatant, the case has marked parallels with the Dutroux Affair:- pattern of light sentencing, multiple failures to investigate and other deviation from standard operating procedure by public officials.
- Beyond the Dutroux Affair by Joel Van der Reijden - ISGP website
- Marc Dutroux and the dead witnesses (Marc Dutroux und die toten Zeugen)
- https://verschwoerungstheorien.fandom.com/de/wiki/Marc_Dutroux saved at Archive.org and Archive.is