|Le Van Than|
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Date|| July 1994|
|Weapon(s)|| Bare hands |
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.
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.
- ↑ Man found hanged near bodies of his kids, Akron Beacon Journal (July 13, 1994)
- ↑ Vater vergiftet sechs Kinder und erhängt sich, Stuttgarter Zeitung (July 13, 1994)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Coudekerque-Branche (Nord) Un homme est retrouvé pendu près de six enfants morts dans une cave, Le Monde (July 13, 1994
- ↑ Un village dans le nord de la France apres une hecatombe familiale sept morts: Quasi-indifference au "Muguet", Le Soir (July 13, 1994)
- ↑ Coudekerque: Les enfants etrangles, Le Soir (July 19, 1994)