‘Le Monstre’ examines how Belgium handled serial killer, kidnapper, and pedophile Marc Dutroux’s cases

True Crime September 3, 2022
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From iHeartPodcasts and TenderfootTV comes a new true crime series, “Le Monstre.” Serial killer, kidnapper, and pedophile Marc Dutroux tormented Belgium in the ’80s and ’90s. While committing dozens of crimes, Dutroux managed to avoid justice for years.

Perhaps due to incompetence or a cover-up, law enforcement seemingly turned a blind eye toward Dutroux. Belgium’s residents protested in the streets and pushed the nation toward the brink of a civil war. This podcast will answer questions, examine Dutroux’s crimes, his wake of destruction called the Dutroux Affair, and find closure to one of Belgium’s most disturbing chapters in history.

Start “Le Monstre” from episode 1 to learn the entire story from the same creators of “Atlanta Monster” and “Monster: The Zodiac Killer.” All episodes run less than 40 minutes on average.

Dutroux preyed on children and abducted victims in broad daylight. 8-year-old girls Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo were kidnapped in 1995 from Liege, Belgium. The police did not take immediate action, and we learned their parents began their own search and sparked their own kind of revolution in Belgium.

Almost 2 months after Julie and Melissa were abducted, 17-year-old An Marchal and 18-year-old Eefje Lambrecks vanished after attending a magic show. They were last spotted in the coastal town of Ostend. Again, police did not promptly respond, and they failed to connect the disappearances.

At the time, Dutroux was a convicted sex offender and named as a prime suspect right away. When he was arrested 14 months later, 4 victims, including Jules and Melissa, were dead. After Dutroux was arrested, 20 witnesses suddenly died, leading many to suspect a mass cover-up.

This series will discuss Dutroux’s horrific crimes, his accomplices including his wife, how some continue to walk free today, and how the cases were handled by authorities. The Dutroux Affair led to widespread conspiracy theories, general distrust of the Belgian federal police, and questioning the government.

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