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THE GILLET CASE: DID THE FARMER TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH? | Enquêtes criminelles | W9

On April 17 2013, in Blagny, a small village in the Ardennes, Anais Guillaume’s parents are anxious. Their daughter, aged 21, did not come home last night. Usually, when she sleeps away, she automatically informs them. The last person to see the missing person is her boss: Philippe Gillet, 40, a farmer with whom she had fallen madly in love. The man, a widower and father of two, admits that the young woman did sleep at his place, but says that she left in the middle of the night. So, it seems Philippe Gillet has nothing to blame himself for. Except, as the investigation unfolds, some worrying elements raise doubts as to whether he told the whole truth. Anais’ car is found burned out a few kilometres from Gillet’s farm.  And, more damning, the farmer bought 50 kilos of quick lime barely two days before the disappearance of his girlfriend. Enough to dispose of a corpse without leaving any trace. But that’s not all. Investigators discover that, a year earlier, the farmer’s first partner was crushed to death by one of his cows, a very rare accident. What if it was really a disguised murder? In that case, why would Philippe Gillet have killed his wife before murdering his new partner?