• Short Summary

    A 27-YEAR-OLD PARIS MALE NURSE TODAY (SUNDAY) CONFESSED, ACCORDING TO POLICE, TO BEING THE STRANGLER WHO KILLED AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY NEAR THE CAPITAL SIX WEEKS AGO.

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    A 27-YEAR-OLD PARIS MALE NURSE TODAY (SUNDAY) CONFESSED, ACCORDING TO POLICE, TO BEING THE STRANGLER WHO KILLED AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY NEAR THE CAPITAL SIX WEEKS AGO.

    THEY SAID THAT THE NURSE, LUCIEN LEGER, CONFESSED AT DAWN TODAY AFTER AN INTERROGATION LASTING ALMOST 24 HOURS. HE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE ADMITTED MURDERING LUC TARON, IN THE BOIS DE VERRIERES ON MAY 26. HE ALSO ADMITTED TO BEING THE MAN WHO WROTE 56 LETTERS SIGNED "THE STRANGLER" TO NEWSPAPERS, RADIO STATIONS, THE POLICE AND THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, M. ROGER FREY.

    "THE STRANGLER" CLAIMED HE HAD KILLED FOUR OTHER PEOPLE -- A BANKER, A POLICEMAN, A TRAMP AND A VAGRANT FROM THE PIGALLE NIGHT CLUB AREA OF PARIS. BUT POLICE SAID THAT LEGER ADMITTED DURING INTERROGATION THAT HE HAD INVENTED THESE MURDERS TO CONFUSE INVESTIGATORS.

    POLICE SAID THAT LEGER FIRST CAME TO THEIR NOTICE WHEN "THE STRANGLER" WROTE A LETTER SAVING HE HAD STOLEN LEGER'S CAR TO COMMIT THE FIFTH MURDER. AT FIRST, HE TOLD THEM HE HAD RECEIVED A CALL FROM "THE STRANGLER" AT THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WORKED, INFORMING HIM OF THE THEFT.

    THEN, POLICE STATED, THAT THEIR SUSPICIOUS WERE AROUSED WHEN THE NURSE SUPPLIED INCONSISTENT ANSWERS TO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

    LATER, THEY SEARCHED HIS HOTEL ROOM, WHERE THEY FOUND A LARGE COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPERS GOING BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE TARON AFFAIR, AND ALSO DISCOVERED A LIST OF NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PARIS JOURNALISTS COVERING THE CASE.

    LUC TARON' MURDER AND THE MONTH-LONG SAGA OF LETTERS, FALSE LEADS AND POLICE INVESTIGATIONS GAVE PARIS NEWSPAPERS ONE OF THEIR MOST MACABRE REAL-LIFE SERIAL STORIES FOR YEARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8G4ZSA8MAF8YDWAXBX5UK0XTT
    Media URN:
    VLVA8G4ZSA8MAF8YDWAXBX5UK0XTT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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