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Annecy Lake Murders: Madeleine McCann, Laurent Fillion-Robin and ideas

by | 10th, September 2012

THE ANNECY Lake murders : the murders of four people in the French Alps have been knocked off the front pages by the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony. Feel good beats a murder mystery. But there are reports:

The Telegraph tweets: “Alps shootings: police widen cordon around al-Hilli family home in Claygate, ask neighbours to leave houses.”

The Times has a Q&A, which is more Q than A:

Q. “Were the Hillis victims of a carjacking that went wrong?”
A: “…Investigators say it is possible…”

Q. “Was Saad al-Hilli a target for professional hitmen?”
A. “…investigators say it is also possible.”

Q. “Could a family feud have led to the massacre?”
A. the murders have “left investigators questioning whether it could really have been carried out by, or on the instructions of, a relative”

Q. “Are there other theories?”
A. Yes.

See this straw plucking from the Guardian :

The theory of a lone killer driven by psychopathic, religious or racial hatred is, perhaps, one of France’s worst fears in the aftermath of the Annecy shootings. It would take the country back to the dark days earlier this year when Mohamed Merah, who claimed links to Islamic extremism, went on three separate killing sprees in and around the south-western city of Toulouse.

Q. “What evidence points to a professional hitman?”
A. Some.

After all those, erm, facts, some good news. Zainab al-Hilli, the seven-year-old beaten so badly she was placed in an artificial coma, is now sedated and with an aunt and uncle at a hospital in Grenoble. Zeena al-Hilli, 4, has returned to Britain.

The BBC says the police search of the family home in Claygate, Surrey, is expected to take two more days.

The Irish Times quotes a witness, of sorts:

Laurent Fillion-Robin said he did not hear any gunfire, and speculated that the killers may have used a weapon equipped with a silencer. “I find it bizarre that the British people were up there (at the carpark). There is not much up there apart from a few chalets. It is not the sort of place that families with young children or older people would go to unless you know the area.”

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