I don't want anyone to think I have forgotten about Anne-Lorraine. Every time I take the wretched subway, or find myself in potential danger, as I did Monday night, walking along a suburban highway, in pitch darkness, with headlights by the hundreds coming at me, lost, until I finally found the nursing home I was looking for, every time I hear of a girl raped, or anybody attacked, I think of her, and all the others.
A year ago, November 25, 2007, she was brutally killed while alone in a subway car, on her way to meet her parents to go to church. The train with her dead or dying body passed by her parents, without them knowing what had happened.
Here's an article from François Desouche:
She was alone in the car until Thierry Dève-Oglou, 43, son of a Franco-Turkish couple, got on. Convicted in 1995 to five years for a rape committed on the same regional rail line, he was freed after two years.
Note: A reminder that the first rape was what we would call a sexual assault, where he forced a girl to perform a sexual act. For the French it constitutes rape, which certainly did not prevent judicial indulgence.
Between stations Louvres and Fosses, he attacked the girl and attempted to rape her. She fought back. He stabbed her 34 times, and killed her. Nonetheless she managed to inflict a serious wound on him which facilitated his rapid arrest.
At the time there were a few articles in the media. Two or three reports on television. No enlightened philosopher became indignant, no media bigmouth wrote an outraged pamphlet, no opportunistic politician proposed a new inapplicable law and new inapplicable penalties.
Other more urgent matters were preoccupying their minds: at the same moment, in some suburb, riots broke out on the grounds that two criminals had been killed in a motorcycle accident when they hit a police car.
Then they all went on to other things...
A reminder to French readers that there is a website devoted to Philippe Schmitt's fight, on behalf of his daughter and other victims, to prevent the premature release of sex offenders. The site has posted many commemorative articles from the French press, on this first anniversary of her death. These focus primarily on interviews with her father.