A Frenchman who pretended for 18 years to be a & # 39; doctor & # 39; was before he committed a murder, was released after 26 years in prison.
Jean-Claude Romand, 65, told friends and family that he had a job as a researcher at the World Health Organization (WHO) after being qualified as a doctor.
The murderer had not completed the medical training and spent his days driving to work across the French border to Switzerland, and then to sit in the parking lot of the Geneva-based WHO.
Jean Claude Romand (left) and wife Florence Crolet, whom he killed in 1993 with a rolling pin
Jean Claude Romand, wife Florence and son Antoine, 5, whom he shot with his sister
The fake doctors stole thousands of pounds from family members and claimed that he invested it in WHO schemes to which he had access as an employee.
Jean Claude Romand, 65, who was released from prison after 26 years
In 1992, investors started asking for their money, with a family friend discovering that Romand was not working at the WHO, as he said.
When his lies were almost discovered in 1993, Romand was exhausted.
First he killed his wife, Florence Crolet, with a rolling pin and then killed his two children, Antoine, five and Caroline, seven, at their home in Prevessin-Moëns, France, near the Swiss border.
Romand then drove 80 kilometers to his parents Aimé and the house of Anne-Marie Romand, where he shot them together with their Labrador.
Returning to his slaughtered family, he took sleeping pills and set his house on fire – but was rescued and taken into custody – before being convicted of murder three years later in 1996.
Straight-A student Romand started in 1974 at the medical school in Lyon, France, but failed to pass his first year exam.
A photo taken on January 12, 1993 shows the burned house of the French citizen Jean-Claude, where he killed his wife and two children
The parents of Jean Claude Romand, Aimé (left) and Anne-Marie Romand, murdered by their son in 1993
He was allowed to repeat the first-year exam for the next 12 years, but never took the exam.
Finally, the student told friends that he qualified as a doctor – and that he got a job at the Geneva-based WHO.
He is supposed to have stolen stationary, after wondering the corridors of the WHO public information service, to establish his lie.
After confessing his crimes, Romand was sentenced to prison in 1996 and released 26 years later.
The French citizen Jean-Claude Romand arrives before the start of his trial in the Bourg-en-Bresse courthouse, in June 1996
& # 39; He was released last night & # 39; from the Saint Maur prison near the central city of Bourges, lawyer Jean-Louis Abad said Friday.
A court of appeal had released Romand on April 25.
The 65-year-old will be under electronic surveillance for two years and must live in an area approved by the judiciary.
Romand is said to have repented and had turned to religion during his time in prison.
His case was the subject of fascination in France, particularly inspiring the book & # 39; L & # 39; adversaire & # 39; (The Adversary) by Emmanuel Carrere, which was filmed in 2002 by Nicole Garcia starring prominent French actor Daniel Auteuil.
It also provided the storyline for the movie & # 39; L & # 39; emploi du temps & # 39; from 2001 by the French director Laurent Cantet, who was very well received.
The court of appeal also forbade him from contacting the civil parties involved in the case, and from talking to the media about the crimes imposed on him & # 39;
Jean Claude Romand and a bailiff in 1996 during his court case in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain department, Eastern France
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