Keyword: Maurice Agnelet

Mystery of vanished French casino heiress sealed by death of man convicted of her murder

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Maurice Agnelet, pictured on April 12th 2014, just minutes before he was sentenced to 20 year in jail for the murder of Agnès Le Roux. © JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD / AFP Maurice Agnelet, pictured on April 12th 2014, just minutes before he was sentenced to 20 year in jail for the murder of Agnès Le Roux. © JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD / AFP

One of the most mysterious, high-profile murder mysteries in France over the past five decades was the disappearance without trace in 1977 of Agnès Le Roux, the 29-year-old heiress of one of the country’s biggest casinos, the Palais de la Méditerranée in the Riviera city of Nice. In an extraordinary legal saga, her former lover, lawyer Maurice Agnelet, was acquitted of murdering her, after an initial case against him had been dropped, and twice found guilty. Last Tuesday, Agnelet, 82, died, apparently of a heart attack, shortly after he was released from prison on medical grounds. His death most certainly removes the last hope of ever knowing the truth of what really happened to Agnès Le Roux. Michel Henry reports on an enduring mystery.

French lawyer convicted of murdering heiress after 36 years

In a case that has gripped France, Maurice Agnelet, 76, is given 20-year jail term in his third trial for killing of his mistress Agnes Le Roux.

Riviera lawyer faces third trial over alleged murder of Casino heiress

Maurice Agnelet was acquitted in 1985 of murdering Agnès Le Roux, then freed by European Court of Human Rights after 2007 conviction.