Emile Louis

Emile Louis

Former French bus driver and main suspect in the disappearance of seven young women in Yonne
Date of Birth: 21.01.1934
Country: France

  1. Biography of Émile Louis
  2. Confessions and Investigation
  3. Associations and Controversy
  4. Imprisonment

Biography of Émile Louis

Émile Louis was born on January 21, 1934, in Pontigny, Bourgogne. He was a former French bus driver and the main suspect in the disappearance of seven young women with mild mental disabilities in the Yonne department in the late 1970s. The initial disappearances of the girls were not given much importance as they had no close relatives and lived in homes for the disabled. There was a suggestion that they had simply run away.

Emile Louis

Confessions and Investigation

In 2000, Émile Louis confessed to killing these young women, but a month later he retracted his statements. The police were able to find the remains of two victims, Jacqueline Weis and Madeleine Dejust, after his initial confession. It was speculated that he abducted the girls while working as a bus driver, transporting them.

Emile Louis

The question arose as to how the judicial system could have ignored the case of their disappearance for so long, while suspicions continued to grow and there were even suggestions of murder in some official reports. In particular, gendarme Christian Jambert presented a report in 1984 in which Émile Louis was identified as the main suspect. On August 4, 1997, Jambert was found dead, and the authorities ruled it as a suicide. However, when his skull was examined on March 31, 2004, it was discovered that two bullets had entered his brain, leading to a fatal outcome.

Emile Louis

Associations and Controversy

In 1992, Pierre Charrier, the head of the APAJH association responsible for managing the home for disabled young people where the girls disappeared, was sentenced to six years in prison for the rape of a 23-year-old disabled woman. Nine years ago, his wife Nicole Charrier testified against Émile Louis. In 2001, Nicole lost her position in APAJH. The lack of any reaction from the authorities raised suspicions that the investigation into the disappearance of the seven young women was not idle due to negligence or incompetence, but because people with significant connections from an organization involved in prostitution for sadists were implicated.


Since March 2004, Émile Louis has been serving a 20-year prison sentence, two-thirds of which are without the possibility of parole, for the rape and torture of his ex-wife and her daughter. He has also been convicted twice for sexual assaults on minors: first in 1983, earning him a 4-year prison sentence, and then in 1989, resulting in a 5-year imprisonment.