A Frenchpolice officer took his personal life after authorities linked him to a collection of killings and rapes from 1986 to 1994. 

Police used DNA proof to establish François Vérove because the “pockmarked man,” a serial killer and rapist who averted seize for 35 years. Vérove, 59, used his police card and handcuffs to kidnap ladies and women – much like the case of Sarah Everard within the United Kingdom. 

Cold-case investigators had centered the search on former army cops. Vérove took his life after investigators summoned him – together with some 750 different retired officers – to reply questions, The Guardian reported. 

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Investigators collected Vérove’s DNA after his dying, matching it to DNA on a cigarette butt from against the law scene and a sufferer’s sanitary safety. 

Vérove wrote a confession earlier than taking his life, by which he mentioned “past impulses” and childhood issues that he claimed to have “under control,” the Metro reported. 

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“I admit to being a major criminal who committed unforgivable deeds until the end of the 1990s,” the letter stated, based on French newspaper Le Parisien

“We were convinced it was a police officer or gendarme, both by the violence he used against his victims, and also his techniques – his way of presenting his tricolour [police] card, a certain number of things victims reported him saying,” Didier Seban, a lawyer for victims’ households, instructed France Info. “He knew all the police techniques.”

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Vérove dedicated at the very least 4 murders and 6 rapes throughout his decade-long spree. 

Five unsolved murders have been linked to the “pockmarked man” (or Le Grêlé). The title comes from a sketch based mostly on witness testimony that depicted a person with extreme pimples in his mid-20s.

Vérove was a father of two youngsters and lived in a rented condo within the Mediterranean resort of Le Grau-du-Roi. His youngest sufferer was 11 years previous.