Le Monstre

Take a listen to a new podcast about a kidnapper/serial killer who terrorized the country of Belgium. The first 3 of 10 episodes are online:

“In the 1980’s and 90’s a kidnapper and serial killer terrorized the country of Belgium. His unspeakable crimes had the nation on edge as he preyed on its most vulnerable. After law enforcement proved unable or unwilling to stop him, 400,000 Belgian citizens took to the streets to protest what they believed was a high ranking cover up and government conspiracy. Many of the criminals involved in these horrific acts, known and unknown, have never been brought to justice, and walk freely today. Host Matt Graves takes you on this investigative journey through one of Belgium’s darkest chapters, to unravel the mystery around a man who simply became known as Le Monstre.”

Sound familiar? Except of course for the 400,000 Belgian citizens who took to the streets in protest and to demand massive reform. That would never happen in Oakland County, Michigan, on any level. Ask no questions, keep your head down, make no waves. Reporters, too.

Podcast host and writer Matt Graves hopes that his podcast (and a French version he hopes to release) will help push towards resolution of some unanswered questions in this horrific case.


The hope is to bring an end to one of the darkest chapters in Belgium’s history. So far, nothing but nothing can scratch the dark surface of the OCCK case. Authorities in that case have perfected the bob and weave. Shame on you and your constituents. Still-living participants in these crimes and in the investigative cover-up will probably never answer for their actions. The lack of accountability is a terrible reflection on your communities.

3 thoughts on “Le Monstre”

  1. Cathy,

    The Forbes article link you provided has a slightly different quote, but one that includes the critical information that 400,000 Belgians took to the streets in protest, but only AFTER Dutroux’s arrest:

    “The lack of action from local and Federal authorities in Belgium created a sense of mistrust and formed conspiracy theories as to why certain DNA evidence was never fully explored. After Dutroux’s arrest, 400,000 Belgians took to the streets in a protest which ultimately reformed the country’s justice system.”

    If an arrest is ever made in the OCCK case, it is entirely plausible to me that the citizens of Oakland County will be outraged at the failure to solve the case earlier.

    But since no arrest (or serious legitimate investigation) has ever been made in the case, no such protest/outrage is likely.

    And I think we all agree that the reason no such arrest has ever been made was that at least some members of the OCCK ring were socially (and very likely in my view, legally) “protected” members of some elite class.

    1. Thank you for catching that, Paul. Any time there is a high profile case where law enforcement likes to control the narrative about how diligently they are working a cold case, but then consistently stops short of using the advanced DNA testing and genetic genealogy procedures employed in other cases around the country, something obviously stinks. And the stench in the OCCK case most certainly involves not wanting to touch high profile participants in child sex/porn rings in Michigan and in the OCCK case. I would argue it includes the stench of two prosecutors who stepped on their dicks big time in this case and had to make sure that subsequent and continuing efforts to squelch legitimate investigation, never came to light.

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