a son re­veals... my dad’s a killer

The case... fam­ily feud With his dad in the dock on a mur­der charge, one man took the standé

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Agnes Le Roux was young, glam­orous and set to in­herit a for­tune.

She was the heiress to a casino em­pire in the South of France – and itch­ing to get her hands on some of the cash.

In May 1977, she asked her mother Re­nee Le Roux if she could with­draw her in­her­i­tance from the Palais de la Mediter­ra­nee, one of the big­gest casi­nos in the area.

Aged 29, she be­lieved she was ready for fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence and wanted to treat her­self to a few lux­u­ries. But Re­nee re­fused. She was a very strict busi­ness­woman and even stricter mother – and it left Agnes seething.

Agnes de­cided to find an­other way to get rich quick – and to get re­venge on her mother at the same time.

She had re­cently been se­duced by Jean-mau­rice Agnelet, a wealthy lawyer who was much older than she was.

Fol­low­ing his ad­vice, Agnes agreed to sell her vote on the casino’s gov­ern­ing coun­cil to a lo­cal Mafia boss for three mil­lion francs – around £1.4 mil­lion.

The move sent her fam­ily’s busi­ness into chaos.

Her mother was sud­denly in the mi­nor­ity and un­able to stop the casino be­ing taken over by the Mafia and used to laun­der drug money. But Agnes didn’t care. Blind­sided by her love for Agnelet, she be­lieved she was do­ing the right thing.

Again, on Agnelet’s ad­vice, the money from the Mafia boss was paid into a joint bank ac­count set up in both Agnes’ and Agnelet’s names.

Still, Agnes didn’t sus­pect Agnelet of any ul­te­rior mo­tive.

She was very young and vul­ner­a­ble, be­lieved he had her best in­ter­ests at heart.

How­ever, just a few weeks later, Agnelet dumped Agnes.

She was heart­bro­ken and at­tempted sui­cide twice.

Agnelet tried to stop her, but his ef­forts were said to be half-hearted.

Then, in late Oc­to­ber 1977, Agnelet sug­gested they took a trip away from Nice to rekin­dle their ro­mance. Agnes jumped at the chance. The pair took off in Agnes’ Range Rover.

It was the last time Agnes was ever seen alive.

What hap­pened af­ter that re­mains a mystery… Agnelet and Agnes didn’t re­turn home to­gether. When quizzed by friends about where Agnes had gone, Agnelet claimed to know noth­ing. ‘She must be liv­ing it up in Mar­rakech or LA,’ he told any friends who asked. Many be­lieved him, but Agnes’ mother Re­nee was not quite as con­vinced. De­spite her daugh­ter’s be­trayal, she was still con­sumed with worry. It took un­til March the fol­low­ing year for Agnes’ dis­ap­pear­ance to be taken se­ri­ously by po­lice. Agnelet was im­me­di­ately their chief sus­pect. Af­ter all, he had a clear mo­tive – to get his hands on the cash he’d quickly trans­ferred into his own bank ac­count af­ter Agnes dis­ap­peared. But Agnelet had a wa­ter­tight al­ibi. He said he was in Geneva the night Agnes

went miss­ing – with an­other woman, Fran­coise Lausseure.

She backed up his story, and the case was dropped.

But that wasn’t the end of the mat­ter…

Agnelet went on to marry Fran­coise – but, a few years later, they split up and things turned sour.

In 1985, Fran­coise con­fessed to po­lice that the al­ibi she’d given Agnelet af­ter Agnes went miss­ing was false.

She’d not been with him the week­end Agnes dis­ap­peared.

The case was even­tu­ally re­opened and Agnelet charged with mur­der.

But with no body, the se­cond trial, in 2007, was a chal­lenge.

Agnelet was con­victed and sen­tenced to 20 years, only the ver­dict was over­turned by the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights.

His lawyers suc­cess­fully ar­gued it was im­pos­si­ble to prove some­one guilty with­out be­ing able to say ‘when, where or how’ their crime oc­curred.

So Agnelet walked away for a se­cond time.

How­ever, Re­nee Le Roux re­mained con­vinced Agnelet killed her daugh­ter, and re­fused to give up hope of mak­ing him pay the price.

Seven years on, in 2014, Jean-mau­rice Agnelet was tried for a third and fi­nal time.

This time, there was some new and shock­ing tes­ti­mony.

From Agnelet’s own son!

Guil­laume Agnelet, then 45, claimed that, when he was a teenager, his par­ents told him his dad did kill Agnes.

He said his mother told him, ‘I’m go­ing to tell you who your fa­ther is. He killed Agnes Le Roux. They went off camp­ing in Italy near Monte Cassino.

‘He shot her in the head. Af­ter, he got out [of the car] and shouted ‘‘help!” to see if any­one had heard.

‘He threw the naked body into a river, left the car [a Range Rover] with the keys in the ignition and re­turned home to Nice by train.’

Guil­laume also claimed his fa­ther had ad­mit­ted his guilt.

‘My con­science is weigh­ing on me. I am con­vinced my fa­ther is the killer,’ Guil­laume stated.

Ac­cord­ing to him, when he was 14, Agnelet had told him, ‘I have noth­ing to worry about un­less they find the body, and I know where the body is.’

But in court, Agnelet fought back, telling the judge that his son was ly­ing.

‘In my view, he’s deliri­ous. I knew that Guil­laume was go­ing through de­pres­sion. He doesn’t re­alise what he’s say­ing,’ he said.

Even Guil­laume’s mother, An­nie Li­tas, 72, de­nied ever say­ing that Agnelet was guilty.

So was Agnelet a cold-blooded killer, as his son pro­fessed?

Had he mur­dered Agnes Le Roux for her money?

Or is she still miss­ing some­where, wait­ing to be found?

For the third – and fi­nal time – it was up to the jury to de­cide…

He had a wa­ter­tight al­ibi, was in geneva

Son Guil­laume At his fa­ther’s third trial, he stunned the court

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