Case 272

The Annecy Shootings

On September 5 2012, a cyclist driving through the French Alps came upon a shocking scene. Married couple Saad and Iqbal al-Hilli, along with Iqbal’s elderly mother Suhaila al-Allaf, were shot execution-style while sitting in their BMW in a secluded parking spot in the woods surrounding Chevaline. 7-year-old Zainab al-Hilli clung to life on the ground nearby, while 4-year-old Zeena al-Hilli was nowhere to be seen. A local cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was also fatally shot in the brutal killing spree. 

An international investigation quickly raised more questions than it did answers. What were the victims doing in this isolated area? Had they been targeted as part of some sinister activity or were they killed at random by a lone psychopath?



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Murder in the Alps – BBC Panorama 

Murder in the Alps – Channel 4 

France shootings were execution style hit  



The Perfect Crime – Tom Parry



How To Get Away With (the Perfect) Murder – GQ

Alps shooting cyclist ‘feared’ attacker still around – BBC 

Saad al-Hilli was keen cyclist and loving father, say neighbours – The Guardian

The Annecy Murders: Brett Martin, the key witness. Interview 2020 – Gunfire Graffiti 

France shootings: Three victims shot in head – BBC 

Shootings at Annecy France: ‘Such a safe, nice place’ – BBC 

Alps shooting: Saad al-Hilli family ‘heartbroken’ – BBC

Wounded girl from Alps massacre told police she saw ‘one bad man’ before returning to Britain – The Daily Mail

French Alps shootings detectives investigate calls to Romania – The Guardian

Girl, 4, tells of ‘terror’ as police search home of massacre family – 

French Alps murders: Al-Hilli passports ‘still missing’ year after British family massacred – The Mirror 

Passports of two victims in French Alps murder missing: prosecutor – Expatica 

Alps murders: French police issue sketch of motorcyclist – The Guardian

Passport of Alps murder victim found in police lab after almost two years – The Telegraph

Alps murders: Man released without charge over 2012 killings – BBC 

French prosecutor says close to solving 2012 murder of British family in Alps – Alarabiya News

French police release man questioned over murder of British-Iraqi family – The Guardian

Orphaned British schoolgirl whose parents were shot dead in the Alps 10 years ago reveals new details about killer as detectives ‘investigate three new suspects’ – The Daily Mail

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