Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin: what is life like for the parents of little Grégory and their three children?

Thirty-six years after the death of little Grégory, what has become of his parents Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin? The couple have reportedly managed to rebuild themselves and are at the head of a tribe of three children.

October 16, 1984 Gregory Villemin was found dead, hand and foot bound by cords, in the cold waters of Vologne, a river in the Vosges. The Grégory Villemin case quickly caught on in the media and while an investigation was launched, no culprit has been identified to date. After a very difficult period, it seems that Grégory’s parents have managed to advance despite the pain of this matter. According to Paris Match, it is in theEssonne that they live “a house on the edge of a forest“So the couple left.”the Vosges, the crows and the Vologne“. They are now the parents of three children. Julian, 35, dad to a little girl who runs an optical store franchise. Emeline, 30 years old, associate professor of life and earth sciences then Simon, the youngest, who prepares the capes to be a sports educator. Even if they don’t “never stopped fighting for their son “, they decided to move on with their lives and thanks to their love, they were able to move on. Jean-Marie Villemin is now retired. He made a career in a factory in the region. And Christine Villemin, meanwhile, still works in a Parisian publishing house for which she manages customer relations.

For more than thirty-six years, the Grégory Villemin affair, also called “affair of the little Gregory”, knows various twists which do not cease to raise the hope that one day, the guilty one will be found. The stylometry however, will she be able to identify the crow? “I hope you die of grief, the chief. It is not the money that will give you back your son. This is my revenge“, wrote the raven in one of the many letters addressed to Jean-Marie Villemin. Florian Cafiero, engineer at the CNRS and French specialist in stylometry, this technique has “good chances of giving very interesting clues in court cases, and in this case Grégory“. Jean-Baptiste Camps, lecturer at the National School of Charters nevertheless recalls that”Below 5,000, or even 3,000 words, we have analyzes that are much less reliable. The shorter the texts, the less reliable the analyzes“. He nevertheless asserts that it is not impossible and that there is”quite a few cases of application on short texts, in particular on tweets which are a few hundred characters long where we can have a little reliability“. Will stylometry make it possible to discover a little more? As a reminder, even if it has never been used in France, it was developed in the United States and made it possible to solve”several criminal cases“, as indicated FranceInfo.

A case that fascinates

Thirty-six years later, the’Gregory case the French are still so passionate about. After a documentary produced by Netflix in 2019, TF1 is broadcasting a mini-series based on this story. Entitled A French Affair, it is composed of six episodes with the casting, Michael Youn, who plays the journalist Jean-Michel Bezzina, Gilbert melki, who plays Maître Gérard Welzer, Bernard Laroche’s lawyer, or even Laurena Thellier, who takes the features of Murielle Bolle.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
He was found dead, hand and foot bound by cords, in the cold waters of Vologne, a river in the Vosges.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
The Grégory Villemin affair quickly gained momentum in the media and while an investigation was opened, no culprit has been identified to date.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
After a very difficult period, it seems that Grégory’s parents managed to move forward despite the pain of this affair.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
They no longer live in the Vosges.

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They rebuilt their life in Essonne.

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They are now the parents of three children.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
Even though they “never stopped fighting for their son”, they decided to go on with their lives and thanks to their love, they were able to move on.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
For more than thirty-five years, the Grégory Villemin affair has seen various twists and turns which continue to increase the hope that one day the culprit will be found.

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Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin
Can stylometry, however, identify the crow?

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Jean-Marie Villemin received letters from a “crow”.

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Will we know the truth about this case one day?

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