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The secret misogynist French murder documentary you need to know about

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On Tuesday 16 October 1984, four-year-old Grégory Villemin was reported missing, then found dead in the Vologne river in the Vosges region of France with ropes tied around his hand and feet. What followed is a three-decade judicial saga that continues to captivate the public.

Growing up in France in the Nineties, it seemed impossible to me that anyone would be ignorant of the fate of “little Grégory”, as he’s colloquially known. The Grégory case was perhaps France’s first contemporary true-crime saga, fueled by sordid details, tragic twists, and – yes – overly zealous journalists.

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

The details that I knew, accurately, as a child were that a little boy had been killed, that his parents had received threatening anonymous letters and phone calls prior to the murder, and that no one had ever been convicted. Now, a new, five-part Netflix documentary titled Who Killed Little Grégory? tells the story of the investigation, from the little boy’s death to the confusing limbo we’re left in today. Watching it now, as a 28-year-old woman, is an interesting immersion into a part of my country’s collective consciousness that I was never confronted with in person. It’s also a stark reminder of how profoundly and casually sexist France can be.

From the third episode onward, the series recounts how authorities, having detained then released an original suspect (who was eventually murdered by Grégory’s father), began building a case against the boy’s mother, Christine........

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