Revenge on a wife killer …

His name is Jamel Leulmi.

Fleury-Merogis Prison, south of Paris

His name is Jamel Leulmi. He was born 32 years ago in Algeria. He is locked up in Fleury-Mérogis prison in the Essonne region, south of Paris, awaiting his trial for the murder of his wife and the attempted murder of another companion.

I think that it is appropriate that I write of this today it being International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (See my blog entry of yesterday, Wednesday.)

Leulmi married Kathlyn Vasseur in October 2006. He wore a lilac tie which elegantly matched her pink dress. She was pretty; he looked prosperous. He was in industrial design.

Three months later, in January 2007, Vasseur was dead. Her body was found lying beside a road. She was the victim of a hit and run driver.

Leulmi, who was heartbroken, had taken out several insurance policies to cover her life. They’d come to a total of €2.6 million ($3.5 million / £2.2 million), but the insurance companies paid out only a million. A million was all the same a ‘neat’ sum of money; it could buy him two houses or a penthouse in Paris.

In time, the grieving widower got himself another woman.  In December 2009 – two years after Vasseur’s death – he was on holiday in Morocco with her.There he assaulted her so violently that, when back in Paris, she went to the police. They and the insurance companies were already investigating the death of Vasseur, and Leulmi was arrested and charged with the murder of his late wife and the attempted murder of his companion.

“He is not the Machiavellian person he is made out to be,” says his lawyer, Michel Apelbaum.

Apelbaum would say so – he has to defend his client – but someone, maybe a group of people, does not agree with him, and they have started to revenge Vasseur’s death or the assault of Leulmi’s companion.

He or she has, or they have, already three times this month of November set fire to Leulmi’s house. (He is the owner of several properties.)

The house, described in the French media as opulent, is in the commune of Sainte-Geneviêve-des-Bois, 23.5 kilometers (14.6 miles) south of Paris. The commune can be described as opulent too. It is the current holder of the title ‘the most flowered town of Greater Paris’. It is there, in the town’s Russian cemetery, started in 1926 by White Russian immigrants, that Rudolph Nureyev, who died in 1993 of Aids, lies buried.

Nureyev's grave draped in a mosaic of an oriental carpet.

The latest fire at Leulmi’s house, on the night of 8/9 November, was started in the garage where Leulmi’s jet-ski stood abandoned.  The fire quickly swept to the second floor and through the roof.

The police have no doubt that the fires were started by avengers.

The house is for sale. Or rather it was, but who would want to buy it now?

Sweet, therefore, must be the revenge.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response

11-25-2010 at 14:02:29

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That people like this actually live amongst us and walk the same streets we do, is quiet scary! Yet one can not identify a person that is full of evil. It is after all not visible to the nake eye.

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