A French serial killer has sensationally confessed to a multitude of lies about his personal life and career, including that he had a wife who was murdered and that he met Charles Manson.
Stephane Bourgoin has carved a stellar career out of his alleged expert knowledge of serial killers, and has sold millions of books in France. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the field and has hosted several true crime documentaries.
Notably, the author claimed to have trained with the FBI at their headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, and that his wife was murdered in 1976 by a man who admitted to committing dozens of murders upon his arrest two years later.
However this year, Bourgoin’s impressive career was exposed to be mostly a string of lies.
Back in January, sleuths from online forum 4ème Oeil Corporation publicly accused Bourgoin of falsifying details of his life and career following an investigation.
According to The Guardian, Bourgoin has now confessed to French media that his wife never even existed, let alone was murdered.
The 67-year-old also admitted to never meeting infamous American serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson, did not train with the FBI and hasn’t met as many murderers as he previously claimed.
And he was never a professional footballer.
Bourgoin is said to have told Paris Match: ‘My lies have weighed me down. I have arrived at the balance sheet time.’
The writer added to Le Parisien: ‘I completely admit my faults. I am ashamed to have lied, to have concealed things.
‘It was bulls**t that I took on. I didn’t want people to know the real identity of someone who was not my partner, but someone who I had met five or six times in Daytona Beach, and who I liked.’
Bourgoin modelled his imaginary wife on a young woman, Susan Bickrest, whom he did meet briefly in a Florida bar.
Loosely echoing the story Bourgoin told about his ‘wife’, the real-life Bickrest was tragically murdered in 1975 at the age of 24 by serial killer Gerald Stano, who did admit to killing 41 women.
Stano was executed in 1998.
Bourgoin describes himself as a mythomaniac and says he needs psychological counselling.
He reportedly told Le Figaro that he now realises he never needed to lie, stating: ‘All these lies are absolutely ridiculous, because if we objectively take stock of my work, I think it was enough in itself.
‘I am profoundly and sincerely sorry. I am ashamed of what I did, it’s absolutely ridiculous.’
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