Case 246

Grégory Villemin

*** Content Warning: child victim ***

[Part 1 of 2]

The extended Villemin family lived in the Vosges region of north-eastern France. From 1981, several members of the family started to receive anonymous, threatening phone calls from a mysterious caller they eventually labelled The Crow. 

Young couple Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin lived in the small village of Lépanges with their four year old son Grégory. They became The Crow’s main target. Then on October 16 1984, after several years of harassment, The Crow finally delivered on one of their threats.



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Dismissal of Christine Villemin



Who Killed Little Grégory? – Netflix



The full timeline of the case – L’est Republican 

All of France is asking: Who killed petit Gregory? – New York Times 

The long shadow of the Crow – LA Times 

Case of Little Gregory: Murielle Bolle tells her truth in a book confession – Charente Libre 

July 5, 1985: Christine Villemin is charged and imprisoned – Le Figaro 

The Gregory Mystery – The Washington Post 

Grégory case: the incredible secret that slowed down the investigation – Le Journal du Dimanche 

33 years after the start of the Grégory case, one of the first in custody remembers – France Info

Brief analysis of the Grégory affair according to Netflix – Le Club de Mediapart 

Judge Lambert rules out Laroche’s guilt – L’Humanité

Grégory: the day the case rebounded – Libération

Grégory case: a strange entry in the register of a church – Le Figaro 

Grégory affair: in the church, the word which accuses “Bernard L. – Le Bien Public

Gregory case: When Monique Villemin begged for forgiveness from her son – Paris Match

Grégory case: the last keepers of the secret – Paris Match

Grégory case: For experts in “stylometry”, the main crow is Jacqueline Jacob – 20 Minutes



Justice for Gregory 

The Gregory Villemin Case

The Grégory Affair – Scientific Police

Gregory Case: Calls from the Crow 

The Grégory Villemin affair – French Wikipedia 

Bernard Groslier’s and Catherine Tardrew’s “The Curse of the Corbeau of the Vologne,” Final Chapter, Translated in Part (1) – Reddit 

Le Parisien interview with Murielle Bolle (translation) 

Sublime, Necessarily Sublime, Christine V (translation)

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