Le Van Than
Ethnicity Vietnamese
Occupation Roofer
Born 1953
Saigon, Vietnam

July 1994 (aged 41)
Coudekerque-Branche, France

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date July 1994
Location(s) Coudekerque-Branche, France
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) Bare hands

Le Van Than (also identified as Le Van Tam) was a French of Vietnamese origin who killed six children in Coudekerque-Branche, France in July 1994, before committing suicide.[1][2]


Le Van Than was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1953, but at the time of the murders was a naturalised French citizen. He married a woman who already had five children, and had four children with her. About four or five years before the murders Than and his family settled in Coudekerque-Branche, where they lived in house no. 3 in the rue du Muguet.

Than had frequent arguments with his wife, and several times the police was called to intervene. In December 1993 the couple eventually separated, and Than's wife took the children with her when she moved to Paris, but in May 1994 he recovered his children and afterwards quit his job as a roofer. He and his children lived secluded from their neighbours, and they rarely socialised.[3]


Some day in July Than killed his four children, as well as two of his wife's children by strangling them with his hands and with a rope. Afterwards he carried the four boys and two girls, who were aged 18 months, and 5, 6, 7, 16, and 18 years, down to the cellar an laid them in a row, before hanging himself beside them. Due to the secluded lifestyle of the family their disappearence was not noticed by the neighbours, and the bodies were only found around noon on July 11, when the 12-year-old daughter of Than's wife arrived for a visit from Paris.[3][4][5]


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