Caught en flagrant délit

French author who writes about serial killers has had his lifetimes of lies catch up with him. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that lying is (almost) never worth it. I try to impress this upon the kids: there’s never just “one lie”. It’s like a cancer. It needs to take over and kill everything or it fails.

I mean, thank God they clarified things by adding those leaves at the end, amirite?

Bourgoin is the author of more than 40 books and is widely viewed as a leading expert on murderers, having hosted a number of French television documentaries on the subject. He has claimed to have interviewed more than 70 serial killers, trained at the FBI’s base in Quantico, Virginia, and that his own wife was murdered in 1976, by a man who confessed to a dozen murders on his arrest two years later.

But in January, anonymous collective the 4ème Oeil Corporation accused him of lying about his past, and Bourgoin has now admitted to the French press that the wife never existed. He also acknowledged that he never trained with the FBI, never interviewed Charles Manson, met far fewer killers than he has previously claimed, and never worked as a professional footballer – another claim he had made.

“My lies have weighed me down,” he told Paris Match last week in his first interview about the accusations. “I have arrived at the balance-sheet time.”

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