The verdict is in. This Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the end of a week-long trial marked by terrible revelations, Jean-Marc Reiser was found guilty of the murder of Sophie Le Tan, murdered on September 7, 2018 while she was going to visit the his executioner’s apartment, listed on the Leboncoin website. The 61-year-old man, who had admitted killing the young woman on January 19, 2021, received a life sentence, with a 22-year security period. But if he is about to spend a good part of his life in prison, the murderer of Sophie Le Tan is far from having finished with justice…

Of “extreme criminological danger”, according to the experts consulted during the trial, Jean-Marc Reiser was involved in several criminal cases even before crossing paths with Sophie Le Tan. In 2001, he had already been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. The same year, he was tried for the murder of Françoise Hohmann, a 23-year-old sales representative who had disappeared in 1987 while selling vacuum cleaners in her building in Strasbourg. For lack of evidence and in the absence of a body, Reiser was then acquitted.

Accounts to be taken in other investigations?

But the backlash may well be coming for the 61-year-old. In February 2020, the family of Françoise Hohmann asked for the reopening of the investigation into the disappearance of the latter. Although acquitted during his trial for homicide, Reiser could again be prosecuted, this time for kidnapping and concealment of a corpse. In addition, according to Marianne, the new Nanterre cold case center would consider opening a judicial investigation aimed at tracing the entire course of Reiser. A large-scale investigation likely to reveal many secrets, given the Alsatian’s already well-stocked criminal record… Has the time for accountability arrived?

Sophie Le Tan © DR


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