Ex-gendarme identified as 'pockmarked' killer after 35-year hunt

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The DNA of a former gendarme who later joined France's national police force has matched that found in evidence from a series of murders and rapes dating back to 1986, it has been confirmed, shortly after he was found dead on Wednesday alongside a suicide note containing a confession.

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For decades the crimes of a notorious serial killer have haunted the Paris crime squad, reports BBC News.